The funny thing about bias is that it’s the necessary basis of any opinion. And now that we’ve all had our quadrennial opportunity to reinvest in mildly-biased opinions on oft-ignored athletics, it’s time to talk about horse sports, and opinions about horse sports.
When Deadspin readers accused Patrick Redford recently of disliking horse sports because he has little to no experience riding, they accurately identified the likely root of his implicit bias against them. And if you don’t read beyond this sentence because in it I admit that part or much of the reason why I defend the appeal of equestrian events is that I rode seriously for much of my life and once owned a horse, you have a fair point, too. You don’t have to have participated in a particular activity to appreciate it—I lasted less than a full season in Little League—but having dedicated so many hours to being on and around horses is undeniably tied to my overall respect for the sport.