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post #11 of 52 Old 06-02-2012, 11:49 AM
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WHAT lol... I notice it's "husband" horse though, another good reason to have separated.
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post #12 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 08:11 AM
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Yah, a "husband" horse is totally, IMO meant to imply the type which you buy so that you can DRAAAAG your husband out riding with you every so often, as Dee said, and it will take care of him, be "bomb-proof", etc...However, I think it just as easily could considered a "wife" horse were the husband to be the "rider" in the family...unfortunately though, in total honesty, (other than men who ride while doing their cattle ranching work, or ride rodeo, or race...) in the U.S., how many men do you hear about going down to the barn all evening after work and all day Sat and Sun, just to groom and visit with their horse, possibly take it for a short ride every evening??

Not to say men COULDN'T do so, they just, well, really generally don't! (More often then not they will be golfing, or out mountain biking, etc...while their wives are at the barn...it does tend to work out that way usually!)

I don't think it's meant to be sexist...I think it is a true evaluation of the "second" horse in the family which is just as loved, will likely be ridden and cared for primarily by the wife in addition to "her" main riding horse, though, that would be the one hubs would ride generally ride more often than your horse when there was an option!

I don't believe it is meant to devalue the male at all...in my opinion, ANY man who is willing to participate in riding alone, or, especially with his wife, watching his wife ride in her lessons/spending some of his free time hanging out at the barn with her while she grooms her lesson horse, etc... is an AWESOME husband...(I have one of those !!)...and when we are ready to lease/buy horses, we will EACH have "husband" type horses, hopefully...as this would be a first horse of our own for EACH of us!
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post #13 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 08:24 AM
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^ I wish I could like this a million times and then some. TOTALLY agree.

A while ago I was considering getting a "husband" horse for my bf, he is a very novice very nervous rider and my horses simply are not suitable. But I already had two horses and couldn't possibly afford a third. And now that I'm downsizing I'm probably moving to the other side of the country! Makes getting a horse for him rather pointless.
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post #14 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 10:11 AM
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I don't care. Call a husband horse a husband horse. Think what you want about a guy that likes to spend time with their horse. I grew up with them, it's in my blood so to speak. By trade I'm an engineer, the barn is the opposite to my work, it's my therapy, my horse my therapist.
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post #15 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 10:26 AM
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Oh and I do mountain bike, i love it. And I've got golf clubs, but it's so dull I haven't played in years.
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post #16 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 11:53 AM
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in the U.S., how many men do you hear about going down to the barn all evening after work and all day Sat and Sun, just to groom and visit with their horse, possibly take it for a short ride every evening??
None and this includes the men I know who ride every day. We tend to take a more business like approach to it. Run the brush over them quickly, toss on the saddle and ride. Afterwards we yank the saddle off, run the brush over them quickly, may or may not get a quick hosing then back out to pasture/stall for them.

It's the women in our lives who spend all day primping their horses.
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post #17 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 12:22 PM
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None and this includes the men I know who ride every day. We tend to take a more business like approach to it. Run the brush over them quickly, toss on the saddle and ride. Afterwards we yank the saddle off, run the brush over them quickly, may or may not get a quick hosing then back out to pasture/stall for them.

It's the women in our lives who spend all day primping their horses.
Well said brother. Perhaps not business like, just practical.
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post #18 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 02:38 PM
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its a sexist assumption that all skilled riders are women, therefore a man needs a dead head docile horse.



Oh stop it Joe, you are on a roll, with this and conspiracy theories about the origin of the horse in North America, you are such a card
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post #19 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 08:44 PM
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I'll be looking for a "husband horse" soon for my husband. It's basically a horse that know's what its doing and is very safe. My husband has no idea how to ride, so he needs a horse like this :)
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post #20 of 52 Old 06-03-2012, 10:13 PM
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I've never heard the term, but from my experience with riders if the horse is a tough ride or hard to handle it ends up being ridden by the guy until it's learned to be a better riding horse. Of course the men I know that ride do more riding then the women and are rarely in a contained area. They ride in a contained area for getting the horse use to be mounted and maybe a couple of days of basic instruction, then it's out into the real world. But then I don't personally know any males who do shows, so for them riding is for a functional reason or pleasure (which are at times one and the same ). They don't spend the time teaching things needed for showing that aren't needed otherwise. I doubt any of us even know what to teach for showing although I was told last year that I should let the two horses I own be trained for Dressage showing ("thanks, but no." )

While 30 years ago for every female rider I knew there were at least 4+ male riders. Today the ratio is certainly reversed although it seems maybe 3 t0 1 here with more females riding than males (except in my family ). But even with the ratio changed my personal experience today is the "tougher" horses are ridden my males with two exception. One is a lady who is as tough as the horse and the other horse just doesn't get ridden much, because it's a hard case and the lady who owns it has two horse, so she rides the other one (I'm waiting to it go get sold one day, because she's not able to deal with it and her husband doesn't ride, so he's not an option). The rest of the women either get rid of a tough horse or turn it over to a guy (I've been offered two more horses from lady owners in the past 8 months for free). I'm riding what was thought to be a hard case now, but she's coming along very well. She just needed someone to take her in hand and who wouldn't let her push them around.

If I saw an advert that said that I'd have thought it's a horse that needs someone that can take it in hand to turn it into a good riding horse . I just don't see any men riding the old plugs and don't see many women here riding the tougher horses. They're willing ride and to work with their training so long as the horse is well behaved or at least easy to deal with, but like to leave it to the guys to deal with the hard cases and turn them around.

That's just from my experience, which for more than the past decade has been limited to one area since I've pretty much settled down and not relocating anymore. Can't speak for the rest of the country.
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