Originally Posted by Alasdair
Is it odd for a 17 year old boy to be interested in starting horse riding? People have said that horse riding is for little girls and Bronies (and I don't like my little pony/ not a Brony and am not a little girl).
Yes, it is odd, but look at it this way: you will be in a position to meet scads of girls, and have something to talk about with them
It's like when I was in high school (many years ago), and took what had up until then been an exclusively female home economics class. (As moral support for a friend, who'd been kicked out of just about every other class.)
I don't know much about riding in England, but I would guess you want to look for riding instructors who will teach you about "hacking" rather than showing. Tell them that's what you're interested in, and if they don't do it, move on.
PS: I could be almost your mirror image: I live in what is pretty much cowboy country, and am not the least interested in "Western" riding, if that means Stetson hats, cowboy boots, and saddles with lots of silver & fancy tooling.