Well, being a 14 year old girl I wouldnt know either way, but I read something interesting, and TRUE, a few months ago in the Quarter Horse Journal. Baseball players walk up to the plate with a batting helmet so the big, scary, featherweight ball doesn't hurt them. Hockey players and football players wear so many pads you'd have to have excellent eyes to see what these guys really look like. BMX riders wear pads as well, and all they're doing is flipping around on a kid's bike. Bronc riders are messing with a 1,000+ pound animal that wants only to rip them apart, and what do they wear for protection?
A glove. Interesting, eh?
Anyways, that's my two cents on a sport that's way underestimated--anything to do with horses. My friends (and teachers!) didn't take my love for horses seriously until I flew off of my mare one day, after a full year of her trying unsuccessfully to throw me, and landed with my head making a beautiful angle to the ground. I had a concussion, and that was no fun, but I didn't feel the need for a press conference...I simply got back on as soon as humanly possible and, the next week, my mare attempted a 3 foot high spread--and passed the test with flying colors. Now, most everyone I know is convinced I'm braindead, which is fine, but I wouldn't trade my two mares for anything in the world.
Well, I think the impact of the sugar in my gatorade is wearing off, so ya I'll be going now... and I hope you don't think I'm dissing baseball, cuz I absolutely love it.
Rakem (Rake cuz im Rach, Rachem because Ross spelled it wrong on Friends!)