Originally Posted by its lbs not miles View Post
About a year ago a (younger) friend of mine made a statement to the effect that I must have been one of the few boys riding horses when I started riding.
Actually it was quite the reverse. When I started riding there were more boys than girls mounting up at the stable. Initially at a rate of 3 to 1 (2 girls and 6 boys) and the 2 girls were amoung the first 4 to quit.
Today, as my friend so astutely pointed out, riding horses has become a decidedly female past time. I thought about the times I had visited area stables to watch friends take lessons or just watch them ride and I realized that she was right. It was rare to find a singe boy, but plenty of girls. Of the adults there are some males, but we are still significantly out numbered by the females. (Not that I'm complaining. As a single male I'll never complain about having more females to ride with :) )
I was just wondering what brought about this change over the past few decades? Use to be that girls loved horses and the idea of riding, but weren't too keen on actually getting on them. Todays the boys just don't seem to be interested and the girls are riding all over.
Just wanted to throw this out there and see if anyone knew of something being put in the water, or a meteor shower that deposited a dust cloud in the atmosphere or perhaps some relatively recent mutation of the male genetics that has caused a, what to me seems like a reasonably dramatic, drop in the number of males really interested in riding horses.
BTW: Keep riding girls. The boys that do ride will NEVER complain about being in the minority :)
Not too long ago boys grew up watching westerns. John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Boonanza, Clint Eastwood, etc etc. My dad calls it the "Cowboys and Indians phase". Back then horses recently stopped being a means of transportation and cars were something only the wealthy had for quite some time. So horses were still some what viewed as we view "cars" or "trucks" today. Instead of The Fast And The Furious it was John Wayne riding up on a horse guns blazing. Boys looked up to what they saw on TV and at the time it was westerns. They wanted to be that bad ass cowboy riding in on his faithful horse causing trouble or fighting crime. This is feel got the initial interest. But now with horses being replaced by tractors, cars, etc. Westerns slowly are fading and cartoons/shows now show super cool robots, cars, futuristic type things. Horses are not really seen as "cool" anymore.
Along with back then horses were more livestock more of an actual business rather than a recreational hobby. My personal theory is that girls being the more "emotional" and "mushy" gender. As horses transitioned into being viewed more as a pet from being replaced by modern machinery. Girls got more and more interested. Along with media certainly played a big role with movies such as Black Beauty or Flicka. Girls now are growing up watching movies and shows like Horseland or Wildfire. Were its mostly girls in the show and they have this insane crazy bond with a "wild" horse. Girls want that, they want the mystical black horse that only trusts her and would do anything for her. Girls are more inclined to watch something that makes you go awwwww. Rather than action packed gun slinging adventures.
So now that is it a female dominated industry males are more likely to view horses as "gay". They are a girl's thing. I go to a equestrian dominated college. There are very few guys at our college infact the ratio is 7 girls to every 1 guy. Most of the straight guys are taken, or major players. Now a days cowboys are mainly viewed as "players" because they are constantly surrounded by girls that are pining for their attention. Which can cause problems in a relationship
Anyways, that's my views on it.