lol come on, the horse is the athelet. the rider is largly dependent on the animal. yes the rider is skilled and athletic, but the rider isn't jumping the rails.
seriously, thats your counter example to men being dominant at sports, horse riding, a sport where the HORSE does all of the work? well of course women are better, they weigh less so the horse does not have to work as hard to move around an extra body on them. A 225 lb guy will throw off the horse's balance and physical performance so much worse than a 145 lb woman.
I thought the horse factor might come up.
While I completely agree the horse is moreso the athlete, in this case, the athleticism and talent of the horse doesn't matter. If you take a female rider and a male rider, and they compete the same horse, the rider of greater skill will dominate. True, the rider isn't "jumping the rails" or riding the test, but the rider influences the horse
. Set a horse free in a stadium course of 5-foot plus jumps, or a dressage ring, and the horse will likely meander around or just stand there
Or, hop on an Olympic level horse. If you don't know what you're doing, the horse will not perform to its potential or training.
Weight of the (skilled) rider doesn't factor like you might think, apart from racing. But I'm talking about Olympic level equestrain sport. There are lighter and heavier riders, sure, but it's their skill and athleticism affecting and navigating ~1200lbs of horse.
I get why people think it is easier than it appears, or that it's the horse doing all the work. The appearance of "ease" is a goal in most disciplines. Unless you've actually ridden (and I'm not talking about "tourist" kind of riding on trails or beaches where the horse knows the drill), it's easy to underestimate the rider's ability and influence on the horse.
Think of it this way: It's almost like saying how in snowboarding, rider>board.