Horseback riding (or Equestrian) is one of the most intense sports known to man. Not only because it's physically challenging, but it takes more than athleticism. Horseback riding takes commitment, time, patience, and most importantly building a bond with your horse. If you don't have a good relationship with your horse, you're not going to have a good experience. You need to spend as much time with your horse as you can, riding and on the ground. You need to learn how to work with your horse, not against your horse. It's a team sport, a team of two.
When everything is put together, and you reach a level of success, being on top of your horse is one of the most freeing feelings in the world. If you want to fly without the help of a man made machine, this is the only way you'll soar.
This sport consists of Eventing (Olympic Discipline), Hunter Jumper, Jumpers, Barrel Racing, Western Pleasure, Huntseat, Reining, Showmanship, Saddleseat, Driving, Endurance, Valting, Polo, Racing, etc..