In my opinion horseback riding is many, many things. It’s not just something you do. It’s about pushing yourself to try harder. It’s about getting out in some of the worst weathers. (Although, if it’s raining you can’t go out because the ground is too wet.) It’s about looking at the jump ahead of you and telling yourself that you can do it.
I ride once every week on a horse named Billy, though I wish I could ride more. For those of you who think horseback riding is a walk in the park, you’re wrong. I’m sorry to say it, but you just are. Maybe taking a trail on a good behaving horse is, but when your instructor tells you to try and post (rise up and down while trotting) without stirrups then go over a jump without them, it isn’t. We had this thing called no stirrups November. My legs were on fire! (They were sore.) If you don’t know what a stirrup is, it’s the place where you put your foot in.
Overall, I love horseback riding. It may not be a sport depending on your definition of it, but it sure is a workout. It really is the best experience in the world; letting the wind whip in your face, and flying over jumps. I know that it’s not really something that everyone does, but neither is skiing. We all have our own special things.
Have a great early release day everyone!