"Horse riding isn't a sport! Why are you so obsessed with horses?"
I'm sure you've heard one of these phrases at least once from a non-horsey friend or sibling. I myself have been caught in one of those arguments.
I was talking with one of my friends on FaceTime, telling her about my lesson on my favorite horse Beau (Boo). I was excitedly telling her about riding cross-country when she said, "why are you so obsessed over horses? Its not even a sport!"
I immediately retaliated. "It is too a sport! Have you ever ridden a 1,200 animal with a mind of its own which could kill you at any second? Having to rise up in down in the saddle without hardly any help from your stirrups or even ride without them? Having to complete a whole round of jumps while counting strides, keeping perfect position in the saddle, keeping your horse at the right pace and so many more things? Having to sit to a rocking motion perfectly or sitting to a bouncy trot?"
My friend just stared at me speechless. She didn't say anything else about it and quickly changed the subject.
If riding wasn't a sport then why is it in the Olympics? Or better, why is it 7th in the top ten HARDEST sports?