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        07-06-2013, 11:01 AM
      #271
    Foal
    I think it's fine for a male to want to ride horses, just think...more ladies for you! Lol I'm just playing with you But there may seem like there are less guys that want to/do ride horses, however if you look at the televised events the riders are about split half and half women and men, a lot of times I even think there are more men. Especially in polo I would think, that's a VERY hands on kind of competitive riding that guys can really get into.

    I used to ride with a 17 year old guy in my group lessons when I first started. So it's not unusual, I think it's great that you're not afraid to and are trying to go after something that you're interested in.

    As far as getting into it, just start looking around your area for stables that offer lessons, call 'em up and get started! Trust me they won't care that you're a guy because it's not as weird as you might think for a guy to want to do it. I mean look at all the cowboys! Not to mention show jumpers, eventers, even dressage riders (which is looked at by outsiders as the epitome of 'prissy, girlly froo froo riding' what those outsiders don't know is that dressage is the basis of all riding, not matter what you decide to do and in what kind of saddle :P)

    Concerning which discipline you should go after? What ever takes your interest. If you're not sure and can't choose as far as english riding goes hunter jumpers is a good place to start to teach you how to ride "properly", from there a you can learn a little dressage and you can pretty much build on that to take it anywhere you want to go in the horse world. If you're leaning towards western you'd have to ask someone that rides western, I do not so I couldn't tell you were a good place to start there would be.

    Depending on where you live may also kind of decide whether you're going to ride western or english for you. Like in my area, you'd be hard pressed to find a lesson barn that teaches western. So when you call around just ask what they have to offer, and maybe just warn them that you are in your late teens just in case they only have ancient lesson ponies that can't take the load of an older teenage guy.

    But other than that, just have fun, do what you like and don't worry about what anyone is going to think about a guy riding horses...especially us horse people!
         
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        07-06-2013, 11:14 AM
      #272
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    I decided to take English lessons. I like it better and I believe it would prepare me better for equine sports such as polo. Also English is much more common as I live in New England.
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        07-06-2013, 11:28 AM
      #273
    Weanling
    I took lessons for years growing up from a male instructor and he was great. That barn was split pretty much half and half as well- in Ohio.

    The current NRHA Derby champion is a guy and he doesn't look feminine at all:

    HF Mobster / Jordan Larson / Heritage Farms, owner / 228.5 on Vimeo
         
        07-06-2013, 01:40 PM
      #274
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    Originally Posted by JulieG    
    I took lessons for years growing up from a male instructor and he was great. That barn was split pretty much half and half as well- in Ohio.

    The current NRHA Derby champion is a guy and he doesn't look feminine at all:

    HF Mobster / Jordan Larson / Heritage Farms, owner / 228.5 on Vimeo
    He rides western though.
         
        07-06-2013, 02:22 PM
      #275
    Weanling
    Sorry! Didn't see the post you had made right before me.
         
        07-08-2013, 11:56 PM
      #276
    Foal
    I've never really considered horses as feminine. To be honest I generally pay so much attention to the horses I don't consider the rider. My wife told me I was born in the wrong century. Said I'd done better in a time that I could have rode in to town paid a woman for a bath and a tickle then lived with my horse the rest of the time. I'd been hung as a horse thief....

    BTW... My mom taught me to ride and I learned English and I can promise you nobody has ever considered me to be feminine. Don't worry about it and don't limit yourself to one style. Be proud. Anyone who doesn't feel something in their hearts for horses aren't masculine. Their fools. Just my .02 worth.
         
        07-09-2013, 01:05 AM
      #277
    Foal
    I'm in Oregon and there is one guy at my barn...I would love it if there were more guys who rode horses... I have to believe people when they say they are out there because they don't seem to exist... oh well I'll find my cowboy someday :) good luck with your lessons!
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        07-10-2013, 04:14 PM
      #278
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    Well no photos or videos of me yet, but this is the awesome dude that I ride.
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        07-11-2013, 07:55 PM
      #279
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    Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
    Well no photos or videos of me yet, but this is the awesome dude that I ride.
    Never mind. It didn't upload correctly. Refer to my avatar.
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        08-17-2013, 09:39 PM
      #280
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
    I guess I'll just go for it, I'm also a little bit nervous about riding for the first time, I'll probably suck.

    I think I will tell my parents that I'm doing it for polo or something.
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