Dressage: A Classier Type of Sport
There is no denying that football is a sport. A sport is something that requires physical effort from the athlete; it is an activity where the contestants push themselves so much that that they break a sweat, a sport involves competition and suspense as to which competitor will win. In a sport, no person can be weak; there is an extreme requirement of talent and skill. For example anyone can literally throw a football, however not everyone is capable of throwing a spiral halfway across a football field. The same goes for the English-style horseback riding dressage where the rider commands the horse to perform complex maneuvers flawlessly and with an effortless appearance. Dressage is a sport because it is an activity that involves a physical effort, talent, skill, and competition.
Though it may look effortless, dressage requires extensive physical exertion from the rider, as well as the horse. This includes endless hours of training the horse to a high level of obedience where the rider uses intricate tactics to get the horse to understand the commands and respect the rider’s demands. As pretty and clean as it looks on the arena, the spectators would never imagine the amount of hard work and physical effort it takes for the horse and rider to obtain such a relationship where even the most subtle move from the riders can make the horse skip in place. In fact part of the judging of the sport is based on hoe discrete the rider’s commands are. To achieve this, first, both horse and rider go through extensive physical strain and most likely both will be left with sore muscles and backaches at the end of the day.
Horseback riding is commonly found as a leisure activity in places such as beach resorts and children’s summer camps. Because of this the amount of talent one has to have in order to become successful in the sport is underestimated; however, it is most unlikely that any person could simply hop on the back of a horse and...