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post #91 of 296 Old 06-09-2013, 08:36 PM
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Any kind I guess. Is the TB industry where all the gambling is?
The TB racing industry is what most people think of when they think of "betting on the horses", but you can bet on any race.
TB industry is likely the most abusive racing. Largely because the horses are being raced too young (but that's a different topic). It's also a very expensive racing to get into.
You might find competitive trail riding interesting, but I'd focus on learning to ride first. You'll have plenty of time to look into all the different things to do while you're learning.
(after all you do see me riding at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna .....I don't even do anything resembling that kind of riding anymore)
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The TB racing industry is what most people think of when they think of "betting on the horses", but you can bet on any race.
TB industry is likely the most abusive racing. Largely because the horses are being raced too young (but that's a different topic). It's also a very expensive racing to get into.
You might find competitive trail riding interesting, but I'd focus on learning to ride first. You'll have plenty of time to look into all the different things to do while you're learning.
(after all you do see me riding at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna .....I don't even do anything resembling that kind of riding anymore)
Isn't the Spanish Riding school very proper english style riding?
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Isn't the Spanish Riding school very proper english style riding?
It's a combination of old mounted combat horse movements combined with some very stylized riding to put on a show using different Cav commands from a bygone era. It's truly incredible to watch. There use to be several riding schools in Europe in the 1800's, but the Spanish Riding School is the only one that remains. Their original purpose became obsolete, but the one has survived to provide a look at a style of military riding that came out of the Renaissance in Europe.
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I think that one thing that might be tripping you up, is that you haven't been around horses much, or certainly not ridden much. Perhaps, being "on the outside looking in", you might have the impression that it's a group type of thing, or a team-sport, or a certain type of culture. And for some people, that may be the case.

For me, and all of my fellow riders that I ride with or share ideas with, the reality is very different. Once you start riding, you realize that there is a real connection to be made with a 1000 pound animal, that you can communicate with each other, that you can almost feel like one being, and that together you can do incredibly athletic and complex feats. Or you can enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the countryside together (I call this "therapy"), or you can feel an incredible sense of accomplishment when you and your horse conquer a fear or master a new skill.
When you become a real horseman, what becomes important is the experience between you and the horse, not the experience or opinions of other people.

I just looked through some images online, which I'm too tired to post right now. But just visualize these in your head:
- Two football players in sheer tights grabbing each other's butts to congratulate each other - generally considered macho
- A baseball player in tight pants grabbing his crotch - macho
- 2 wrestlers in spandex writhing about grabbing each others' sweaty bodies - macho
- Dusty, dirty, grimy cowboy on a huge Quarter Horse wrangling lost calves out of a gully - girly according to your parents?
- Incredibly fit man is breeches and tall boots going over a 4-foot jump on a 1000 pound animal capable of killing him with one misplaced step, landing in a shallow pond and getting covered in mud, then continue to do more of the same for 5 more miles - girly?

We can help you with giving you information to let you know what this sport is really about. But we can't help you with your parents' perceptions. Have they ever actually told you that they think riding is a feminine sport? Anyone who knows anything about the sport knows it isn't. And if they really do think it's feminine, would they be open to see some of the information we've shared with you to open their minds a bit? And if they actually do think it's feminine, would they care?
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I don't think my parents think that, I'm just worried about what other riders at "the barn" will think, or my peers at school.
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For me it's just because most of my interests have been academic, not sport. They might find my interest a little odd.

Do you know any guys who ride?
Well, personally, I believe that horseback riding is the best sport to get into. :)

I know a lot of guys who ride. My ex-boyfriend is a NH trainer who won the Extreme Mustang Makeover one year. My old trainer was a male (though gay). Another one of my friends is a really great dressage rider (gay as well lol), and there's at least a dozen other guys that I hang around with who at least trail ride occasionally.
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Outfit wise? Wear what you want- a t-shirt is perfectly fine for a top (I would get sports ones, I stole my brother's rugby sports shirt to ride in and he never got it back), and for the first few lessons, a good pair of jeans works. For english, I suggest getting breeches eventually. Also, I've heard from multiple sources that it's not a good idea for a man to ride in boxers...
Gear- wise? Generally, I would say that you will need a helmet and a good pair of boots. Some places will provide the helmet, at least for the first few lessons, but eventually you will need to buy your own. You will need riding boots. Some places will let you ride for the first lesson or two in a shoe that has a heel, but I would get your own pair of boots at least- its a safety thing. Try not to hold out when you're buying them- you do not want cheap knock-off boots. "Equestrian looking things" is a style right now, so there are tons and tons of $15 dollar riding outfit knock offs on the market, stuff that looks surprisingly like real riding stuff...
You can order paddock boots (and half chaps, if you're going english) online. I usually use Dover Saddlery - Quality English Horse Tack & Horse Supplies You could also get tall boots, but I wouldn't do that now. They're expensive and uncomfortable, not to mention hard to fit (at least for me, I have calves like Captain America and legs as short as a munchkin cat... exaggerated but you get the problem.) You only really need tall boots if you're showing in an english discipline. I suggest paddocks. You can find pretty much everything you'll need on Dover, including breeches and helmets. Try to do a little research on each item- look at reviews, etc. If ordering online doesn't work, you can always go old fashioned and find a tack shop in the area where you can buy these things to try on before buying.
If you're going western, paddock boots are okay, but you'll probably want a pair of cowboy boots/ western boots... and for this, I will emphasize: no knock-offs. There are so many crappy commercial cowboy boots out there that are great for prancing down a side walk in, but if you use them around horses, they're going to fall apart from all the wear and tear and won't protect your toes from any incoming hooves.
I've personally always ridden in Ariats, as they make boots for both english and western and are darn good either way.
Whatever you do, make sure that when you find a trainer, contact them and ask what they want you to show up in for your first lesson and what you'll need to have. Don't be afraid to ask them about anything you're not sure about.
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So do guys generally wear boxer-briefs, boxers, briefs, or just go freestyle?
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Whatever works:

Do you like horses?
Do you have a sense of adventure?
Do you try hard?
Are you brave enough to take charge even when you are terrified?
Can you laugh at yourself when you screw up?
Well then maybe this for you?
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Whatever works:

Do you like horses?
Do you have a sense of adventure?
Do you try hard?
Are you brave enough to take charge even when you are terrified?
Can you laugh at yourself when you screw up?
Well then maybe this for you?
1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. Sometimes.
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