Say no to horse riding
One of the things I've always been more reluctant to perform is riding horses. I'm officially against it. Horse riding is an obsolete activity, which involves a lot of cruelty towards the animals, and serious risks to the jockey. But still, for some reason, it looks that some people enjoy that supposed sport.
It is pitiful to say that today I can add another example to my extensive list of the dangers that horse riding may carry. I just heard in the news that during some equestrian contest at the Asian Games currently held in Doha, Qatar, a South Korean jockey just died after falling from his horse.
Kim Hyung Chil, 47, fell down from his horse after the animal tried to clear an obstacle. The animal's approach was not successful, making it to fall down as well. The whole weight of the horse, that may have ranged from 690 kg to 900 kg, landed over the South Korean jockey's body, squashing him severely. He was taken to a nearby hospital unconscious, but he was declared dead shortly after.
After hearing of this news, I keep wondering why is horse riding still seen as a luxurious and positive activity, even when we're well entered into the 21st century?