Haha I have exactly the same problem! I've given up trying- my new one is 'if you can stop on my horse for 5 minutes without getting decked I'll agree with you' they usually stop after that😂
My lovely horse loves to express himself😁
Ugh I hate this... I have tried for many years to come up with reasons that make sense to them.
- you’re riding a 1,000 lb animal that could kill you if they wanted to
- you have to communicate using almost only your legs...
- your “equipment” (just saying this to compare to other sports equipment, not saying a horse is just that, because of course they are more!!!) has a mind of its own, making it more dangerous than any other sport
- ITS IN THE OLYMPICS
(This is a main point that people just don’t understand! Everything in the olympics is a sport! Curling is considered a sport... but people don’t consider riding a sport?! They’re crazy!)
And of course, you can always invite them to ride... I have never done this, but it’s something I have always wanted to do. And you have to go really hard on them. Critique everything and make them work as hard as they can until they are sweating and feel like they are dying... then have them canter.
Is that evil? Pretty much, but it’s guaranteed to make them change their mind! And if they don’t... I wouldn’t be friends with them. (JK! Be friends with whoever you want, even if they can’t accept the obvious fact that horseback riding IS a sport)
It gets so frustrating girl I feel, what I have found is that you really have no way to win. And if they change their opinion what do you gain?? The most important thing is that horses make you happy and fulfilled. If they want to be closed minded then that is their fault!!! Think of all the energy we waste trying to prove ourselves, it’s a lot of energy that would benefit you more if you put it somewhere where you will succceed!! So ignore them their opinions are irrelevant keep doing you girl!!