No one, and I mean no one, could ever convince me that riding isn't one of the toughest, most extreme sports on earth. This stuff takes guts. riding is the only sport where the competitor must have her medical information strapped to her arm.
Every sport has its falls and spills, but equestrian has some of the most danerous ones, and that's the reason it is considered one of the most dangerous sports in the world. --and this is why cross country is scary--