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post #1 of 119 Old 12-12-2019, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Riding is not a real sport vent, part deux

I met with my daughter's phys ed teacher last week for parent-teacher meetings. Very much a jock type, he said she is doing well, but he had some concerns about her "training plan". See, each student has to put together a training plan this year. They set goals that are aligned with a sport they practice. She chose riding, of course. He told me that it doesn't count because it has to have at least 15 minutes of cardio per session, and that in riding, the horse does all the work. Yep, he said that. TO. MY. FACE.

I asked if he had ridden before and he said yes. I asked what height he was jumping. He explained that he had done some trail riding while on vacation. I explained to him that what my daughter -- a competitive show hunter/ jumper who has 8 years of experience riding -- does is quite different. A lesson consist of about 10 minutes warm-up, 30-40 minutes of trot/canter/jump work, then 10 minutes of cool down, and that when she trots, she posts, which means up-down-up-down non-stop for longer than I can go without being out of breath (ok, I'm not in the greatest of shapes, but I'm not terribly out of shape either). He did not appear to believe me and insisted that it was all in the leg, and that it was muscular, not aerobic, since all you have to do is follow the motion of the horse.

So today, my daughter gave him a Christmas card containing a gift certificate for one riding lesson with my daughter's coach at one of her own lessons. I chatted with the coach before arranging it and explained to her why I wanted a beginner to do a lesson in an advanced group (we do not expect him to be able to keep up, but he needs to know how it feels). She agreed (with a big smile on her face) and said worse comes to worse, she'll put him on a lunge line at a trot for 15 minutes on each side. Obviously we don't want anyone to get hurt, but I felt that this is the only way I will convince him. I'm not even doing it just for my daughter, but for every girl who was ever told her sport is not a real sport because "the horse does all the work".

I can't wait to see it!
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I hope he uses the gift certificate because I canít wait for your update:):)

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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I hope he uses the gift certificate because I canít wait for your update:):)
He was quite excited about it and told my daughter he is looking forward to it! Because you know, it's EASY and he will look so cool up on that horse, not working hard at all...

Honestly, I just want him to feel it for himself. I get that it doesn't look hard, and if you've only ever walked down a trail on a nose-to-tail horse, you might only have sore thighs at the end. I just want to educate him. I can't help but feel that equestrian sports are often thought-of as easier because girls prefer them. And that just really rubs me the wrong way.
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Oh, and in the meantime, if any of you know of solid studies on the athleticism of competitive riders, I'd love to email him a few of those so he can prepare...
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Do you play cricket in Canada? Because that's classified as a sport, and I don't see it, it's >90% standing around... Waiting interminably to bat, and then, when you're fielding, waiting interminably for a ball to fly in your direction... OMG, the boredom when I was a student...

Horse-riding is far more active. I suppose that sports teacher has never groomed or saddled his own horse or dragged a lot of gear around either? You could also give him a complimentary mucking-out voucher to see how he is with a wheelbarrow.

I am sooooo looking forward to your lesson report!

PS on horrid teachers: A neighbour with horses was outraged because her daughter's geography teacher told her daughter when returning her assignment, "This isn't an assignment, this is horsesh!t." Extraordinary - he used that term!!! Anyway, she was fuming and thinking of packaging up some fresh horse manure in a shopping bag and leaving it on his desk with a little gift card on it, "This is horsesh!t! Just so you know the difference!"

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Being a PE teacher he should know anything that is being made to look easy is because the person is doing it correctly. Doing something correctly ( in any sport) takes stamina.

Iíll betcha @phantomhorse13 would beg to differ with him regarding endurance riding

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PS on horrid teachers: A neighbour with horses was outraged because her daughter's geography teacher told her daughter when returning her assignment, "This isn't an assignment, this is horsesh!t." Extraordinary - he used that term!!! Anyway, she was fuming and thinking of packaging up some fresh horse manure in a shopping bag and leaving it on his desk with a little gift card on it, "This is horsesh!t! Just so you know the difference!"
That's hilarious! I would have had a hard time restraining myself from doing that.
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I totally would have done it!
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Also, he will get to fetch his horse from the pasture, groom it and tack it up before his lesson. Everyone is required to do this. We do not have our horses all ready and tacked up for us! As for picking manure, well, everyone knows that you're responsible for any messes your horse makes in the cross-ties!

But I would sure like to invite him to the daily muck-out or perhaps for hay season!
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I hope the coach makes him trot without stirrups!

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