I guess it is all in perspective. If someone just ambles down a straight flat wide, groomed path that goes out a 1/2 a mile and comes back without:
Crossing a deep moving stream
Crossing a stream with sand that is melting under the horses hooves
Encountered a little litter of young pigs that explode out from under horses feet
Stepped over knee high logs
Got their horses feet tangled in vines
Ran into alligators
Had to go around a fence gate with a narrow path that hairpins around it with a 6 ft drop all all around
Up a steep hill
Down a slippery steep hill
Step around a huge downed tree by going on the the edge of a ledge and stepping over the end of said tree when you are scared of heights
Encountered a run away horse
Had a horse run away with YOU
Medical emergency 8 miles out in the bayou
Been walking along in the woods and suddenly be belly deep in mud and your horse is galloping in place to get out!
And that is just a tiny part of trail riding....it is way more fun than anything I have ever done (well, scuba diving is pretty dang awesome) so I don't apologize for just "trail riding". There is nothing more fun to me than loading up my horse and going to somewhere to camp out and ride. A good trail horse is worth their weight in gold and while all horses can't be champion barrel, halter, reining, jumping, eventing, endurance, driving horses, not all horses make great trail horses either.
Love the outdoors, love the fellowship, love the campouts/cookouts, love tracking the trails with my Garmin and dreaming of ONE DAY riding and finishing an endurance ride. It may not be for everyone but it is the right discipline for me. I would love to have had show horses too, so certainly not knocking anyone's passion but for me...happy trails is where I want to be. My boy Biscuit is working on becoming a great trail horse. He is good but he has a long way to go to be great!