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    12-21-2011, 05:54 AM
  #131
Yearling
I am American and I have never heard of anything like that happening, mind. Horseback riding is a pretty equal-gender sport when it comes to who's allowed to comepete with who.

As for why the men tend to dominate the upper levels, I can only guess. Perhaps it's because more females are willing to just pleasure ride and any males who join the sport and put up with any teasing or whatever don't want to pleasure ride, they want to "see" something from it and compete. I hope I'm making sense because I just woke up .
     
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    12-21-2011, 11:21 PM
  #132
Green Broke
I would say men are more prevalent in the upper echelons for one main reason. Women are willing to do things for pure pleasure while men have to turn everything they do into a competition. So while fewer men enter the riding world a far higher percentage of men who start riding go on to compete.
     
    12-22-2011, 12:36 AM
  #133
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So remember us all when you are famous Mind! :)
     
    12-22-2011, 01:56 AM
  #134
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
I would say men are more prevalent in the upper echelons for one main reason. Women are willing to do things for pure pleasure while men have to turn everything they do into a competition. So while fewer men enter the riding world a far higher percentage of men who start riding go on to compete.
I've read similar in articles from several reining trainers describing their clients. Seems that with the average woman, it's about loving animals and cementing a bond with their horse--an emotional attachment/partnership. With the average man, the horse is a means to an end, namely achieving fame/glory in competition.
     
    12-22-2011, 06:19 AM
  #135
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
With the average man, the horse is a means to an end, namely achieving fame/glory in competition.
I disagree with whoever said that.

A real horseman (or someone who aspires to be) sees their horse as more than a means to an end.

Men express their affection for their animals differently. Think partner/buddy and not "my little pony".
     
    12-22-2011, 08:13 AM
  #136
Trained
I like my horses, but I also don't compete. While some women are extremely competitive, I think men on average are more willing to do whatever it takes to win. There is a book on what it takes to be truly competitive. I only read excerpts, but the guy made the point that you have to be willing to move anywhere or accept harm to other parts of normal living. If you aren't, others will - and there is only room for one at the top.

I suspect more men than women are willing to quit their jobs and move.
     
    12-23-2011, 03:37 AM
  #137
Weanling
Mind, I hope you're not at the point of "information overload".... It has been and still is quite an interesting thread.

Different folks may have different goals in riding and may gain their prime enjoyment from different facets of their horse-related activities; when you begin riding and have your own opportunity to interact with a horse, you'll find out what facets you get the most enjoyment from. You'll just have to see where the process takes you.

I competed (western) many decades ago when I was young and enjoyed it tremendously. Today, I do more trail riding than anything else and I enjoy the relationship with my horse and the really close bond we have developed along with the process of doing things together, whether it's riding, groundwork, grooming or whatever. Just being with him gives me so much pleasure.

Once you start the experience for yourself, you'll find your way into the part of it that you like the best. My advice is to enjoy the process and don't let it become "work". You're doing this to have fun and that's what it needs to be!

Welcome to the forum and to the horse world!

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    12-23-2011, 04:12 AM
  #138
Yearling
Don't think too much and just do it!
As for what the female riders will think... well personally, I would be pretty **** happy there's a young guy who passed up a fancy car to learn to ride.

The most important thing is to find a trainer you're comfortable with, and one that you know is a good trainer- as in, you've spoken to people that they have worked with and they have good things to say. Other than that, I don't think it really matters whether they specialize in training adults or children, not in the very beginning.
     
    04-18-2012, 08:59 PM
  #139
Foal
Mildot encouraged me to post an update, so here I am :)

I've had eight lessons to date, unfortunately only riding once a week for now. The instructor and barn is great for my current needs, they mainly work with young girls and since I take lessons in the mid morning I essentially have barn to myself. I'll probably switch to another barn with a more mature crowd once I progress a bit further in my abilities, because being around horse people aside from my instructor would be nice.
     
    04-18-2012, 09:20 PM
  #140
Showing
Sounds like great news!

Another thought is join a trail riding group? One that adults meet up and go on trail rides. Usually they have horses available so you don't need your own. Any kind of adult horse club would be fine to fill the void per-say.

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Originally Posted by mind    
Mildot encouraged me to post an update, so here I am :)

I've had eight lessons to date, unfortunately only riding once a week for now. The instructor and barn is great for my current needs, they mainly work with young girls and since I take lessons in the mid morning I essentially have barn to myself. I'll probably switch to another barn with a more mature crowd once I progress a bit further in my abilities, because being around horse people aside from my instructor would be nice.
     

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