Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
I haven't read all the posts (so far). Do not think riding horses is feminine. At barns and taking lessons, you will find more females. Guys usually don't do the boarding thing or lessons once they learn the basics. In no means does it make it wrong to do either. We only pleasure ride and you will find more guys actually riding out of the barn.
One thing I haven't seen said yet. Don't worry about what others think (you will figure this out as you get older). When I was your age, I was the same way, worrying about what others think and looking for approval of others (more of my parents but others too). Do what you want. It doesn't matter what others think. If they don't like you for you, too bad for them.
Start out with lessons to learn the basic control. No matter what type of riding, the basic controls are the same. Then try out riding English and western. Western I think is easier. English is more along the lines for shows, dressage or polo. Western is for working on a ranch or pleasure riding. There are some that go for both.
I started riding when I was 36. Knowing now the percentages of female vs male, I wish I had gotten into horses earlier, lol. But then I wouldn't be where I am now which I'm happy with.
So I guess I'm saying "Go for it". It is not a feminine thing. After you ride the first time, you will have sore muscles where you didn't know you had muscles. I've got a few horses that anyone says it is feminine can come ride. They won't think so after or the next day.
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