Well according to the movie Toy Story, astronauts replaced cowboys when the first man walked on the moon. Little boys then wanted to be astronauts. Don't know if there is any truth to this though!
It seems in the United States, English barns and riding is predominantly female. I know in my area, it's literally like 90% female riding English style. If women stopped riding, I don't think English barns wouldn't be able to stay in business.
When guys do ride in the US, it's western. I think that is a leftover fantasy of being a cowboy. However Western riding seems very split to me. Probably a bit more men than women, but definitely a fair share of women.
So overall between women dominating english riding and western being so split, yeah, it does seem women are running the horsey world right now. I think we spend more money on our horses as well. Everything from the clothes to the tack. The guys I know who are into riding, seemed more frugal about it. I have a feeling the horse world would be really hurting if they lost their female crowd.
If anyone has a different experience in other parts of the US, then set me straight! I'm going by the east coast. I've lived in NJ, FL, VA and CT.
There aren't any boys in the more visible show rings, true, but in the rodeo arena and out on the trail, there are plenty.
Definitely! I don't know if trail would fall under Western or English riding because it seems it's own thing. I guess it would be western. But anyway, yes, plenty of men on the trails!