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.
Actually most of us don't "have to wear helmets....." unless you're a under a certain age (usually around 14-16) in certain states.
If we did I'd spend most of my money paying fines or most of my time in the county lock-up
I was over 50 before I even owned a helmet (when my grandchildren wanted to ride).
The shift in more women riding (in general) than men is actually a relatively
new thing (those of us who've been riding over 40 years got to witness it). Use to be that women only really had more numbers in certain areas of showing and mostly it was girls up to their very early 20's and younger.
When I first stated riding (ok, I'll date myself here) in 1968 (age 11) there might have been 2 girls in the group of about 8 and they didn't last 6 weeks before they quit.
It's only been in the last 6 or 7 years that a woman (I'm sure more than just one has made it now, but it's still dominated by men) has managed to pass the test to be admitted as a rider at the Spanish Riding School (but in fairness it's a tough test and most men can't pass it either....one of my childhood fantasies as a boy growing up in Deutschland).
Men are still very well represented in Cross country eventing and while I haven't done it in years I'm sure they still make up higher % of riders working cattle.
I blame it on girls though
If high school girls hadn't started wanting to ride in nice cars vs wanting the boy to visit them on horseback then more boys would be wanting to ride
(my girl friends were happy to go out in my flatbed farm truck
since we had horses).
Horses are still a "girl magnet"
, but most girls still want a guy with a nice car. And of course the boys haven't quite picked up on the fact that with the cars they are one of many fish in a huge pond being fished by girls. With the horse, while the pond is smaller, they're one of the very few fish in a pond with barely enough shore line for the number of girls crowding around it (and most of the girls are in good shape
I can think of far more reasons for a guy to take up riding then I can not to (money being the only reason not to).