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post #151 of 296 Old 06-14-2013, 12:42 PM
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^^ Lots of mares, lots of geldings. Not many stallions.

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^^ Lots of mares, lots of geldings. Not many stallions.
Very funny...
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Why so hung up on the guy vs. girl thing. You are 17 so it's time you learn something. Boys can do anything a girl can do. well almost anything but nature just prevents that, and they can have it.
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alright, here's the deal -- if you WANT to start riding then start riding!! Quit worrying about what others think. Part of the allure of horses and the heritage of horsepeople is our fiercely independent and adventuresome spirits....we(most of us) don't really care what others think about us. We care about doing things properly and will seek help to be a better horse rider/owner/eventer/roper etc., BUT, we don't give a rat's arse about what they may or may not think about our chosen sport!!

So, again, if YOU WANT to ride, then ride!!!
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post #155 of 296 Old 06-14-2013, 02:46 PM
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If you haven't heard back yet, try a phone call, & make calls to other barns also, so you have a choice. Start out w/basic riding, maybe even a small group lesson 2-4 w/at least a 45 minute lesson. Are you out of school for the summer? Early morning lessons will be cooler, but you may need to do some searching to find a compatable opening that works for you. Do any of your school mates have or ride horses? Are there any shows you can go to & talk to some of the folks there? Trainers, coaches, students & horse owners will be there. Also check our feed/tack stores for a bulletin board that may have some ads that may interest you.
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You want a shoe that has a small heel and enough tread that it won't slide in the stirrup, but you don't want the kind of tread that will get stuck in a stirrup (think cleats). Main reason I wear boots is for the ankle support though not the heel. Some high top hiking boots or sneakers would probably be fine.
I was going to comment about this earlier when it was mentioned before.

I don't know about English boots but with western riding, you want a smooth sole. Good cowboy boots have a smooth leather sole. Cheap knockoffs or the work boot type have rubber. Those can work but the tread needs to be minimal or basically smooth or your foot won't slide out if needed.
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post #157 of 296 Old 06-14-2013, 03:48 PM
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Why so hung up on the guy vs. girl thing. You are 17 so it's time you learn something. Boys can do anything a girl can do.
Now that's strange. For literally decades I've been hearing it, and sometimes telling it, the other way around.

FWIW, I'm an ex-Marine, former construction worker, biker type who enjoys doing a number of "girly" things like cooking, flower gardening, and yes, riding horses. So stop worrying about what other people might think, and start living your own life.
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But girls have cooties. How did you guys even pass biology class?
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alright, here's the deal -- if you WANT to start riding then start riding!! Quit worrying about what others think. Part of the allure of horses and the heritage of horsepeople is our fiercely independent and adventuresome spirits....we(most of us) don't really care what others think about us. We care about doing things properly and will seek help to be a better horse rider/owner/eventer/roper etc., BUT, we don't give a rat's arse about what they may or may not think about our chosen sport!!

So, again, if YOU WANT to ride, then ride!!!
I agree. I would have posted on this thread earlier, but it is honestly very annoying.

OP, if you think you might like riding and you want to learn, then do it. You have gotten pages of replies ensuring you that riding is not a "girl" sport, and there are tons of examples of professional riders to prove this.

The people that might think you are gay because you ride are most likely the type of people who will think you are gay for another reason. I can't speak for every rider, but I know that I personally do not go around labeling every male rider as gay just because they ride. That is stupid. That is just like labeling every male dancer gay, or labeling every female football or basketball player lesbian.

People will think what they will about you. It is up to you to determine if you really want to bother caring what they think of you, or if you want to live your life and learn to experience and enjoy new things.

There have been both male and female riders for both English and Western disciplines at all of the barns I have boarded in the past and the present.
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