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post #281 of 296 Old 08-17-2013, 09:53 PM
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Listen man:
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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post #282 of 296 Old 08-18-2013, 02:31 PM
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My trainer is a male and while he primarily rides reining horses, he also gives English riding lessons. Riding is in no way feminine. The only reason horse showing looks that way is because we work so hard to make it look nice and easy and pretty. But that's all for show, the behind the scenes work is dirty and in no way glamorous!
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post #283 of 296 Old 08-18-2013, 02:48 PM
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You should also remember that a lot of riders (perhaps a great majority of them) have absolutely no interest in showing.
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post #284 of 296 Old 08-20-2013, 07:10 PM
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Once I heard a guy rider say he didn't mind being the only boy at the barn because it meant more girls for him haha. Im sure all the ladies at the barn will be thrilled to have your company ;)
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post #285 of 296 Old 08-21-2013, 10:14 PM
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Out here, in the South, about 70% of the riders I know are actually males, although they all ride Western. I have yet to see a guy riding English out here, but that doesnt mean anything. About 99% of the population here rides Western AND, out of all the guys Ive seen riding, Ive only ever seen two obvious gay guys. I for one would be thrilled to see a male rider riding English around here. I think its wrong how people stereotype male English riders as being gay... No need for that nonsense. Most people are under the impression that horses are only rainbows and unicorns, well I got a little something to tell you... For the longest time riding was dominated by males, now all of a sudden its a feminine sport? Wow, thats strange. And, the majority of riders competing way up are males anyway.

As far as riding clothes go, dont stress it. You dont want to jump right in and buy a whole bunch of gear (it can get quite pricey) until you know for sure this is what you want to do. And once you do decide, and want to get the gear, then the fun of shopping for riding clothes starts. A helmet, a pair or two of tan/black/navy/whatever color schooling breeches, paddock boot and half chaps, and a polo, although defiantly not necessary.

Im glad your taking lessons! Its such a beautiful and brilliant sport. Dont worry about what others might (but probably wont) think about it, seriously.

Oh, and I love your taste in horse, thats one mighty fine Arabian ;)

E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...
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post #286 of 296 Old 10-25-2013, 09:40 PM
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Think about this for a second please.
Does it seem more natural to engage in a sport of both men and women or one that is solely for groups of men. Which one might seem the oddest to an outside observer ?

I am a male and ride weekly. I love the mix and couldn't envision an all-male horse riding stable. Relax, ride and enjoy.
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post #287 of 296 Old 10-25-2013, 09:53 PM
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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.

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Glenn nailed it there! That alone should put your mind at ease. Just go ride, have fun and enjoy all the attention and help you'll be getting from the ladies.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #288 of 296 Old 10-26-2013, 12:04 AM
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Listen man:

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.

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As a lady, I can confirm this 1000%.

We do get a tad bit excited when a new guy comes to the barn :)
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post #289 of 296 Old 10-26-2013, 10:06 PM
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Marry me!

There are way too little guys my age who love horses as much as I do!!
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post #290 of 296 Old 11-03-2013, 05:18 PM
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I have responded before, but what is this gender factor you keep referring to. I am a male and have been taking lessons for five months. I take them because it is the best day of my week. I love it and couldn't imagine basing my desire on the male/female ratio. No offense, but I sense a bit of insecurity mixed with sexism.

The only female that I give my undivided attention to is a five year old filly named "Georgia".

Quick thinking and just ride if you want to or find yourself a manly pursuit if you don't.

I don't mean to be hard, but you are grossly over thinking this. Ride !
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