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7 Top Reasons Why Horseback Riding IS a Sport

Have you ever been told that horseback riding isn’t a sport? Nonsense. Here are seven great reasons why horseback riding IS a sport.

1. We Have Teammates

In riding, our teammates are thousand-pound animals with minds of their own. They may feel uncooperative, and they might not understand what we’re asking because we don’t even speak the same language, but still, we trust our teammates with our lives.

Image source: Echo Valley Ranch via Flickr
Image source: Echo Valley Ranch via Flickr

2. We Train Harder Than Anyone

Think about the hours of training and schooling that you’ve put in with your horse. In fact, when you think about it, it takes riders longer to learn the art of their sport and to be ready for competition than it does most other athletes. You can learn to play soccer, football, and lacrosse fairly quickly, and can be ready for a lower-level game in a matter of months. That’s not the case when it comes to riding – we train for years before we’re ready to compete.

Image source: Nikki via Flickr
Image source: Nikki via Flickr

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