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Here's How Badass Horseback Riding Really Is

No, the horse doesn't do all the work.

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1. Horseback riding takes a lot of hard work, and people assuming otherwise can get old fast.

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2. They don't know much balance it takes to do this 5 feet in the air...

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3. ...the planning required to get to your next fence...

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4. ...or the skill it takes to avoid knocking a rail.

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5. They've never practiced seamlessly collecting...

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6. ...and extending...

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7. ...the invisible weight shifts necessary for flying changes...

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8. ...or the discipline required to pull off a piaffe.

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9. They don't know how dangerous a fall could be...

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10. ...or how to stay on when inertia's stacked against you.

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11. And lord knows they've never sat through a bucking fit.

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12. (Seriously tough, guys — just give it a try.)

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13. Football's a sport? Those dudes don't rear when they're scared.

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14. They don't have the trust needed to conquer a drop fence...

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15. ...the judgment required to crush the jump-off...

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16. ...or the balls to freaking GO for that long spot.

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17. So don't mind the people who say it takes nothing — just think about your good fortune instead.

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18. They don't know, and unless they're very lucky, they probably never will.

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19. And smile, because if it looks effortless, you know you're doing it right.

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