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    12-14-2011, 09:51 AM
  #11
Showing
Welcome to the forum!

I think it's great when adults want to learn to ride, regardless of male or female. I have 2 adult students and I very much welcome them. It's a great change of pace from teaching kids. I especially like that adults ask more questions and the lessons with my adult students tend to have a more free flowing discussion type of feel rather than me talking and me talking some more.

I wouldn't worry at all what others think, it's your dime paying for the lesson. If you are truly concerned, look for a small barn (possibly one with a trainer/instructor that isn't necessarily a boarding barn with a regular crowd) and start with private lessons. Another option if your schedule allows is to go during the day while kids are in school.

As far as what to expect, starting from the beginning you should be shown every detail that goes into it from catching, grooming, leading, safety zones, picking hooves, tacking up, etc. I don't even have students ride the first couple of lessons. It's all about safe handling on the ground, learning to tie a quick release knot, getting a feel for the animal, learning how a horses vision works, etc.

As far as what to wear, can't speak from experience as I'm female but my hubby prefers to ride in boxer briefs.

Good luck!
     
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    12-14-2011, 09:54 AM
  #12
Banned
For clarification, I did teach hunt seat riding, and most male riders I taught, including a old bf, were happiest wearing either a standard jock strap or a snug pair of briefs. The bike short type of brief seemed to be ideal.

For experienced riders it may not be that big a deal, but while learning to post, ride in two point or jump, it's a wise precaution.
     
    12-14-2011, 10:03 AM
  #13
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Think of it as a chick magnet (not at my age but certainly at yours).

Wearing something more binding is certainly a prerequisite and will save you from singing soprano after a lesson. Find a good trainer who understands the problems you are facing. I was fortunate enough to have family to teach me but many of my riding partners learned as they went along which is the very wrong way to learn. You need a solid base and will progress quickly with that.

Good luck to you. Horses are a life long addiction and one that I could never see me without - even after all these years.
     
    12-14-2011, 10:33 AM
  #14
Showing
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Originally Posted by mind    
- What should I expect when I begin lessons?

- I'd like to take private lessons, actually, it's almost a necessity. I find the idea of being in a class with 12 year old girls unappealing, naturally. Should I try to an instructor who specializes in adults, what should I look for in one?

- Silly question, but give me some feedback on my being a beginner male rider my age? I'm a guy, it's inevitable that I'll be wondering what the female riders at a barn are thinking when they see a beginner male rider my age, a bit of insight would be unbelievably helpful towards alleviating those superficial concerns.
- You should expect to improve in your riding!

- In all barns I went to for lessons they never paired adults and kids for the group lesson. I did ride with teenagers couple times, and I was asked if I don't mind that (I didn't). So if it's only your concern I highly doubt it'll be a case. With that being said personally I go with the private lessons even though they are more expensive: the trainer is focused on you only and you learn so much! I never had luck with the group lessons (but I never took beginner group lessons either).

- I'm absolutely positive female riders will love to see a male rider (whether beginner or advanced) in barn. I've seen it happen in past so many times.

And Welcome to the Forum!
     
    12-14-2011, 10:35 AM
  #15
Weanling
I'd love to have a man my age to ride with. Lucky for the women around you! Lol.

I suggest finding a male instructor (as long as they are good). I know of a male instructor/trainer around here that says he is so surrounded by women he wishes that he had a male "student" to work with. He's older, in his 60s, and he said that when he was younger (around our age....early 20s) he used to ride with ALL men and now it's all women.

My suggestion is to try and figure out what type of riding you would like to do and if you would like to do a sport/compete or if you just want to ride for fun. If you can find a GOOD male instructor....go for it. If not, there are plenty of female riders who are more than capable.

Good luck and enjoy :)
     
    12-14-2011, 10:47 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by maura    
For clarification, I did teach hunt seat riding, and most male riders I taught, including a old bf, were happiest wearing either a standard jock strap or a snug pair of briefs...while learning to post, ride in two point or jump, it's a wise precaution.
FWIW, that was one of the reasons I asked if English or Western. For that style of riding, it isn't required, but it also isn't a bad idea. Don't know if that is true of dressage riding as well.
     
    12-14-2011, 10:58 AM
  #17
Trained
Some good threads here:

Men in Horse Riding

Posting while trotting...male riders
     
    12-14-2011, 11:46 AM
  #18
twh
Weanling
Everyone seems to have done a nice job answering your questions.

One of the barns in my area has quite a few adult beginner/intermediates taking lessons. They do occasionally pair kids and adults, but everyone there knows and gets along with everyone else, so there never have been any issues.

Most barns I've dealt with do a private lesson off the bat with people they haven't seen ride. They evaluate your skills and see if you're ready to take a group lesson.
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    12-14-2011, 11:49 AM
  #19
Showing
Just another reinforcing post..

- Expect lots of talking and explaining and a lot of hands on steps. You may feel a bit strange at first due to how simple the task they ask you to do is "brush the horse" "hold the rope" etc. but it's important to look and soak it all up with intrigue. And you may not do much in regards to riding for a few lessons until you are comfortable being around the horse. Always seize the opportunity to ask questions!

- Like other posters, I would definitely sit in during lessons and talk one on one with potential instructors to see if you guys go well together and if you like how they teach. As a beginner, it is SO important to find someone that encourages you more into the horse world (muahaha) than making you upset, frustrated, and generally ticked off that you abandon it. You want someone that explains how and WHY things are done, trust me it'll help throughout your horse career (I call it a career..) to know how a horse thinks or how they will respond to x, y, or z.

- Regardless of how much you know about horses or whatnot, women LOVE that you're taking an interest and trying your best at something they really enjoy. I wish there were guys my age at my barn. There are a few older guys that are super awesome and range in all disciplines and experience. There's one man who owns a very fancy English horse and they go trail riding and does hunters and they're a great team. I really like riding with him! And another one who knows way less but bought a big ol' barrel horse whom he's trying to retrain (or sell..) and that horse's half brother whom he takes out for trails and desensitizes and ponies around. We've been on a couple trail rides (it's funny seeing the little guy with my big guy) And then the barn manager whom has the MOST experience (over 45 years) but I've never ridden with him. He's very knowledgeable though and offers a different perspective to what I've been told. I like him too =)

Just expect a lot of friendliness.. don't feel nervous as you aren't proving anything to anyone.. you're just having fun and enjoying horses :)

Good luck finding a riding instructor!
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    12-14-2011, 11:52 PM
  #20
Foal
Wow, I can't thank everyone enough for the outstanding responses, they've alleviated my admittedly a silly concern about being in one of the few men looking to wanting to learn to ride at my age.

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Originally Posted by Kelly22790    
I'd love to have a man my age to ride with. Lucky for the women around you! Lol.

I suggest finding a male instructor (as long as they are good). I know of a male instructor/trainer around here that says he is so surrounded by women he wishes that he had a male "student" to work with. He's older, in his 60s, and he said that when he was younger (around our age....early 20s) he used to ride with ALL men and now it's all women.

My suggestion is to try and figure out what type of riding you would like to do and if you would like to do a sport/compete or if you just want to ride for fun. If you can find a GOOD male instructor....go for it. If not, there are plenty of female riders who are more than capable.

Good luck and enjoy :)
Kelly, this is one of my favourite responses to my questions, although I tend to prefer the company of women and have almost exclusively female friends, finding a male instructor is a great idea for the reasons you mentioned. I'll definitely be exploring this idea further, thank you!
     

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