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Why do people think horseriding isnt a sport?

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LittleMxx 
Asked at 2011.04.07 22:51:54
i know lots of people think horseriding isnt a sport but it is im wondering yyyyy?????????
answer Kiko  Answered at 2011.04.07 22:51:54
It depends what you're on about. The definition of a sport is:
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a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
b. A particular form of this activity.
2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
3. An active pastime; recreation

So, in theory, riding is a sport. In other ways, it is not. Riding in a ring isn't governed by a set of rules or customs and undertaken competitively. It's recreation, which is still classed as sport in some instances. In other ways, if you are not exerting yourself and just hacking or trail riding, that isn't a sport as it requires no points, strict rules or a win without a judge's opinion, as opposed to, say, cross country or show jumping, which both have strict rules and points which are not up to any judges.
So it depends what you are on about. If you just pop your pony over a few jumps in his field and trail, it isn't a sport. If you compete, it is a sport.
hope this helped:)
Take football, golf and basketball - even when just messing around, you keep points and naturally the highest pointed group (goals, baskets etc.) wins, no argument. Horseriding, with friends, you can MAKE it into a competition, but more often than not it is for the sheer pleasure of being able to ride on the animals you love with the people you love.
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