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post #21 of 296 Old 06-08-2013, 08:37 PM
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I guess you start the same place that (almost) any new rider does...try to take some lessons.

Or you could be like my husband...he's had two lessons and he thinks he can learn on the job so to speak. I'll let you know how that one goes X_X
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I guess you start the same place that (almost) any new rider does...try to take some lessons.

Or you could be like my husband...he's had two lessons and he thinks he can learn on the job so to speak. I'll let you know how that one goes X_X
Mwaaaaaaaahahahahaha (evil laugh)...

Our husbands should meet. Mine has never had a lesson. I took him trailriding, and he said (deep, macho-voice here): C'mon, I ride motorcycles. How different can it be?"

He learned many things that day, yet he says the most important lesson was that, while you can wear boxers on a motorcycles, he does not recommend it on an English saddle.
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[QUOTE=bsms;2743002]I started at 50, after spending much of my adult life strapped in ejection seats.



So you had plenty of practice for riding horses. :)
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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.
I went through this recently. My sisters husband teaches Mixed Martial Arts and he made a rather obscene comment about male riders to which I replied:

"What are you talking about? I'm surrounded by mostly fit beautiful girls all day in tight pants while you're wrestling your (male) buddies to the ground and pinning them there?" :)
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I started at 50, after spending much of my adult life strapped in ejection seats...

So you had plenty of practice for riding horses. :)
Yeah. I'm having a problem finding a saddle with a 5 point harness like the F-4 had...but a lot of horses seem to have the rocket motor part down pat!

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My 9 year old son does lessons. He loves showing off the 6 pack abs he's developing from all the posting he does.

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"What are you talking about? I'm surrounded by mostly fit beautiful girls all day in tight pants while you're wrestling your (male) buddies to the ground and pinning them there?" :)

Oh so true

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My 9 year old son does lessons. He loves showing off the 6 pack abs he's developing from all the posting he does.
My sister friend (boy) used to be severely teased for being in gymnastics for most of his like. So funny when girls startes discovering boys he was one of the only ripped guys out there. His body was to die for!! The guys where jealous and the girls were throwing themselves at him!
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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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I went through this recently. My sisters husband teaches Mixed Martial Arts and he made a rather obscene comment about male riders to which I replied:

"What are you talking about? I'm surrounded by mostly fit beautiful girls all day in tight pants while you're wrestling your (male) buddies to the ground and pinning them there?" :)
1. Good point. I guess that would be a bonus about riding. I've seen a lot of beautiful riders.

2. Not only are they pinning other men down, they're usually in tight clothing.

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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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