Stop thinking of what others think of you. You live only once, so try to do whatever positive thing that comes across your mind.
On a side note:
I am gay.
Grew up riding western in a ranch in the Midwest.
Started riding English at age 30 in NY because I found that I was good at jumping.
Just started playing Polo with the local amateur team in my state.
Wanting to try dressage seriously - the gayest of them all - but haven't gotten the time yet. So one day.
Men look with envy when they see me riding a horse.
Women are salivating when they see me riding a horse. There is something about: "Oh look at that guy's seat moving with the horse!" that just drives them nuts.
There is really zero disadvantage about knowing to ride horse properly.
Yes you might be suck at first or second lesson. That's to be expected. And don't be afraid to fall. As long as you know how to "ball + roll yourself" - like the thing you do at gymnastic class to protect your neck - and wear good helmet you'll be OK.
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