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    06-08-2013, 04:25 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
What riding style should a male learn?
If you are fortunate to have choices in your area, try more than one style or discipline.

I my lifetime, I have ridden and worked with many more male riders than female. My primary focus now is ranching and polo. Sometimes on the same horses.
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    06-08-2013, 04:46 PM
  #12
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You probably will be discriminated against, at a barn, but not in the way you think. The female riders will vie with each other to be nice to you and cut you so much slack, to get your attention, that you'll be free floating!

Seriously, when I used to ride at a barn, the few male riders were treated like princes. They could do no wrong. I am not sure that is what you had in mind, but I sure could see how male riders were treated much nicer, without the critical stance that a lot of females take of each other.

Don't let any of this sway you. If you are interested, set your focus on doing it. Once you start interacting with horses, the people that are around horses are kind of peripheral. It's about the horses, not the people. And the more time you spend with horses, the more interesting and challenging it becomes.
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    06-08-2013, 04:47 PM
  #13
Yearling
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I honestly have been more scared on a horse than I was being shot at flying combat sorties.[QUOTE]

Riding does present certain thrills, doesn't it!
     
    06-08-2013, 06:27 PM
  #14
Yearling
First of all, stop caring about what gender you are. If you care about being a male, and if you think that that makes a difference, then everyone else will, too. If you're genuinely interested, just do it.
Showing is definitely not "feminine," either. How is training constantly with a 1000+ animal to be the best out of a group at jumping fences or carrying out intricate maneuvers "feminine"? That's like saying ballet is "too feminine" because it is a beautiful performance- but the amount of physical and mental labour put into it to make it beautiful can make a grown man cry.
Here's something else to think about: horse back riding was, first and foremost, a man's sport. Dressage is the legacy of the war horse. Racing was the sport of kings. Show jumping was the result of fox hunting, and the first competition was made up of military men. If you look at all the riders at the Riding School of Vienna, you will see many, many men. Here in the US, I rarely see men riding english- they mostly ride western. But if you look at countries such as Portugal or Spain, you will see many, many young male riders in show jumping and other english disciplines.
And trust me, you won't have anything to worry about from the female riders. Like Tinyliny said, you're more likely to be treated like a prince.
My suggestion is the same for anyone who is looking to start riding- look around your area for a good instructor (I like to hear recommendations from people they have taught), and try it out. Looking into multiple disciplines is a good idea, but you won't really have to worry about that until you have the basics. Horses are fantastic animals and riding is incredibly fun, I don't think you'll regret it.
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    06-08-2013, 06:35 PM
  #15
Trained
Don't get it into your head that you can't do certain activities with horses because it's too feminine. Horse riding, showing, Western, English, etc are all gender neutral. True, it is mostly women doing certain equestrian pursuits but there are some men and nobody looks strangely at them for it. My husband is a tattooed up biker guy and rides English, I dare you to call him feminine to his face, lol.
     
    06-08-2013, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by soenjer55    
First of all, stop caring about what gender you are. If you care about being a male, and if you think that that makes a difference, then everyone else will, too. If you're genuinely interested, just do it.
Showing is definitely not "feminine," either. How is training constantly with a 1000+ animal to be the best out of a group at jumping fences or carrying out intricate maneuvers "feminine"? That's like saying ballet is "too feminine" because it is a beautiful performance- but the amount of physical and mental labour put into it to make it beautiful can make a grown man cry.
Here's something else to think about: horse back riding was, first and foremost, a man's sport. Dressage is the legacy of the war horse. Racing was the sport of kings. Show jumping was the result of fox hunting, and the first competition was made up of military men. If you look at all the riders at the Riding School of Vienna, you will see many, many men. Here in the US, I rarely see men riding english- they mostly ride western. But if you look at countries such as Portugal or Spain, you will see many, many young male riders in show jumping and other english disciplines.
And trust me, you won't have anything to worry about from the female riders. Like Tinyliny said, you're more likely to be treated like a prince.
My suggestion is the same for anyone who is looking to start riding- look around your area for a good instructor (I like to hear recommendations from people they have taught), and try it out. Looking into multiple disciplines is a good idea, but you won't really have to worry about that until you have the basics. Horses are fantastic animals and riding is incredibly fun, I don't think you'll regret it.
Thank you for the historical insight.


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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Don't get it into your head that you can't do certain activities with horses because it's too feminine. Horse riding, showing, Western, English, etc are all gender neutral. True, it is mostly women doing certain equestrian pursuits but there are some men and nobody looks strangely at them for it. My husband is a tattooed up biker guy and rides English, I dare you to call him feminine to his face, lol.
Thank you for the story of your spouse.


I'm trying to find someone to instruct me now.
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    06-08-2013, 08:03 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Just another tidbit of advice... Google famous horse trainers and professional riders. A lot, if the the majority, are men!

Go on youtube and look of various disciplines! Jumping may excite you, working cows (cutting, sorting), reining (my personal favorite!), pleasure (taking it slow), extreme cowboy racing/trail, gymkhana (barrel racing, pole bending, key hole, etc), driving horses.... the possibilities are endless!! There really is something for everyone!
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    06-08-2013, 08:08 PM
  #18
Weanling
Most of the girls/women who take lessons or board at a barn would LOVE to have more young men around. I'm pretty sure you will be accepted with open arms (pun intended).

Once you start taking lessons, you will very quickly learn that this is not a feminine sport. You do not merely sit atop the horse on a little throne and let the horse do the work. It is very physical. You use all parts of your body. You ride with your legs, your seat, your shoulders, arms, and definitely your core. After an hour lesson riding in an English saddle with no stirrups, spending much of the lesson in 2-point, I can guarantee you that you will not think of it as a feminine sport anymore.

It is also a very mental sport. You have to be determined, never show your fear to the horse, and show the horse ALWAYS that you are the leader and will not be messed with. It takes communication, understanding, ability to anticipate, and the ability to stay level-headed when the @#^% hits the fan.

And if the other guys give you flack, I can assure you that playing basketball is neither as mental nor physical as equitation.
You do whatever you want. It sounds like you like some speed and excitement. In the English disciplines, have you looked into eventing or hunters? Eventing is so much fun and so exciting, and requires immense skill and atheticism from horse and rider. Here's a quite snippet of the cross-country stage. Or do you want to compete at all? Maybe you just will like riding for the fun of it. In Western, you have tons of fast-pace disciplines to choose from, including gaming.

The people and culture if you do, say, eventing vs Western, will be very different. Think about that too. The ambiance at a rodeo is quite different than at a horse-trial. And men participate and win in all of the disciplines. So do women. Welcome to the only Olympic sport where men and women compete together and equally.
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    06-08-2013, 08:23 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Since I'm bored here you go!

Reining:

Barrel racing:

Extreme cowboy race (these vary so much, look up others)

Driving (you can also just drive for fun, doesn't have to be this extreme ):

Jumping:

Cross country jumping

Western pleasure

Cutting:

These just skim the surface!! There are TONS more. In my mind this is what I think of when I think male riders. It's by no way shape or form the only disiplines males riders ride in. You can find them in every single sport.
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    06-08-2013, 08:27 PM
  #20
Weanling
Oooo, ooo, I got it. The ultimate response if "the guys" give you a hard time:

"Oh yeah? If riding is such a girlie-sport, how come we have to wear helmets and flack-jackets?"

People at the higher levels have quite the work-out regiments as well. I'm hoping some of them will post.
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