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    11-24-2011, 01:16 PM
Just to let you guys know - DiDi is doing well at dressage.

She is placed for the finals at Novice level next April of a national dressage competition promoted by Pet Plan Insurance. And presently in November, just 13 months after she started in this dressage game, she is competing and doing well at Elementary level. Surprisingly she is giving me pleasure to watch her performing.
The Countess reckons DiDi will make it to Medium level before Easter.

Also we've discovered that Regimate - a remedy for her seasonal tantrums works well - although it is expensive

But deep down within me there is the regret that she still doesn't like beer - so there will be no trips down to the pub for a pint.
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    03-18-2012, 12:38 PM
Where I am over here in Southern France things seem to be a bit different.
At a beginner level there is an equal number of boys and girls riding. As the years go by however the boys seem to vanish, if you randomly pick 30 novice riders there will be maybe 3 or 4 boys. When the level goes up though, nearly all the girls "drop out", they have no wish to progress further than walk, trot, canter and jumps up to about 70cm. The boys often don't quit though, they mostly want to improve further than being weekend riders. The result is a small group of riders where 1/3 is a boy, by this level, progression can only be achieved by buying a horse and going to a competitive level. At "amateur" level (the first money earning competition level in France) the male 1/3 is very apparent. The girls once again mostly drop out though before "pro" level (pro riders are expected to have an entire show barn of 50k horses they trained from scratch by most people), I have yet to meet a woman training and competing at pro level.

Conclusion: There are plenty of men who ride, just not many who own horses outside of top level competition.
In my opinion it is because around here men have an attitude of "look at me, look how strong I am, I can hold this poor defenseless horse in rolkur, because I am a man and I ride big horses"

(fun fact: most men around here own mares and there are virtually no geldings in the area, at any level)
    03-20-2012, 08:48 PM
Green Broke
I live in Wyoming. Many men ride. It's part of their work on ranches with cattle. I don't know any who think riding is a manly thing, because many women also ride for their work.

I'm also involved in polo. Granted most of the professional players are male. But, that has more to do with greater upper body strength resulting in longer shots made than anything macho.

Most polo ponies are mares. They seem to be more tenacious. Though there are good ponies being played that are geldings and stallions.

I don't think I would like the male riders in your area based on your description.
    03-22-2012, 10:57 AM
Escape- Men In Horse Riding

My full time work is breaking race horses and riding them. Love it.One reason more men should take up riding, even if only occasionally is to relax.
Though at times not easy to do on my horses, freshly broken.Once in the saddle I escape and my mind goes all over. Have written a screenplay and e-book in the saddle. It is where I think the best.
Just turn things over in my head and solve a few things. Always carry a notepad and pen.
Depending on your size and weight. You could ride out for a racing yard or such near you. Even be paid to do so.
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    03-22-2012, 11:05 AM
IMO men who own horses need to have a dream that includes them. My husband always wanted to look like and ride like John Wayne. We talked about getting some horses early on but it took him participating in a local Civil War Reenactment in 1984, which is men dominated, to push him into horse ownership. Even then, we didn't buy our first horses until June of 1985.
Also, if a couple owns horses usually one of them does the gruntwork, which is me in our case. DH does contribute, usually $ when we need it, so I'm not complaining.
Perhaps many men don't get into horses for the OP's first post, "starting and stopping" in a hobby. Perhaps many men don't get into horses bc many men AND WOMEN today, in our "microwave society" lack the patience it takes to develop their animals into good partners.
I can't think of why men think riding/training isn't an adrenaline rush, especially with so many out-of-control horses that we have today, LOL.
    03-22-2012, 11:49 AM
Reasons and Benefits

Many men do not see the reasons and benefits of horse riding. Only the grunt work and expense.
They need it pointed out to them. Best thing to do is have them spend a day around horses of any type. The mental benefits are great,escape,lower or release stress. Just out on a trail or such after work. The health side,great exercise combined with being outdoors. Meeting new friends,or not ! No matter how hard a character a man may appear, a horse will soften him. Unavoidable
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    03-23-2012, 11:59 AM
I ride horses weekly. I own 4 and board 2. I know the grunt work. I hay 12 acres for myself and some for others. But that has never stopped me from riding. I had horses and competed before I met my wife.
    03-23-2012, 12:51 PM
My dear husband rides with me all the time. He says some people first thought he was riding just to make me happy, but he set them all straight.
Now, he refuses to ride anything but an easy gaited horse, he says it hurts...
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    03-23-2012, 12:55 PM
Green Broke
Hey, he's riding & happy about it. A win-win- situation.
    03-23-2012, 01:56 PM
He tacked him up himself, we are working on the finer points of tack fitting, this was a short ride on flat ground, we let the breast collar slide. I do not nag, he will figure it out~

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