Why horseback riding is totally of course a sport and a hard one at that
* equestrians have the abs of a football player, legs of a swimmer, quick reflexes of a basketball player and the ability to make a hard thing look easy of a dancer.
* We shed blood, sweat and tears -- sometimes all at once
* Olympics - why would it be there if it weren't a sport?
* People die riding yet we do it anyways. We control a 1500 lb animal and they listen. We poke them in the ribs and say "over" when they could easily kick us and break a bone when we aren't even riding. In our sport, the ball has a mind of its own and we, as equestrians, speak a language of silence between horse and rider.
* We break a bone and ask for an Advil, not a hospital visit.
* We have the nerve to go face to face with a mare in heat.
* They could kill us with the slightest mistake but we choose to love them.
* We haul 75 lb hay bales and 50 lb grain bags like they're nothing. One wheelbarrow with two bales, a normal load for someone to carry in a shift, equates to 150 pounds. That's 50 pounds over my body weight.
* We get cocky and competitive just to show off and do stupid things, and when we get hurt doing the stupid thing, we laugh.
* When someone takes a hard fall, there's laughter not tears.
* If I put some idiot on a horse and let them go, I'd bet money that they would fall off and be terrified. Put them on a big game Saddlebred or send them over an Oxer. Sit them on a reining horse or enter them in a cutting class. Tell em to grab mane then let them figure out what grabbing mane means.
* I've fallen at least ten times. I don't even get scared anymore when my horse literally runs away with me on him.
* How is this not a sport?