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    09-09-2011, 07:29 PM
  #31
Weanling
I also run into more English lesson barns than western. I board at a western barn(and ride English. Stick out like a sore thumb lol) but there isn't much in the way of lessons. They offer them but I never see anyone in a lesson.

I rarely see guys ride including when I was first riding back in the late 80s, early 90s. The few boys I have known who ride tend to ride western and much more "rodeo" style events, roping, etc. The one guy I know who rides saddleseat/english is in fact gay so that probably isn't helping the stereotype ;)
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    09-09-2011, 08:11 PM
  #32
Weanling
Dresden that's how it was at the barn where I used to go trail riding in Florida. It was a western barn that did offer lessons, but you never saw anyone taking lessons now that I think about it.
It was all just trail riders. I've been taking English lessons for a year now and I feel like I just barely scratched the surface of what entails hunter/jumper.
The western people I knew were really kind of self taught. I knew a few people who did some barrel racing. My aunt does team penning but she's self taught as well.


Silly question coming from a silly American who has never left the US.....do people in other countries refer to English riding as English riding? Or do they just say riding?
Because I know IME, dealing with non horsey people, if you say riding, they immediately think western saddle it seems. Not one person who isn't into horses knows even remotely what I'm talking about when I say hunter/jumper or English riding.
     
    09-09-2011, 08:20 PM
  #33
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by QOS    
There are lots of boys riding in competitive sports like roping, bull riding,etc. I know of some boys riding but the only young fellow riding with us is one of the couples we ride with has a teenaged son that goes with us sometimes.

When we went team penning a about 6 weeks ago there were several young fellows. Seems they are more into western type competitive riding.
Agreed. Around here there are plenty of guys still riding (even at my age), but they're out on the trail or working cows, not hanging around the stable or the arena.
     
    09-11-2011, 12:20 PM
  #34
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Heelsdown    
Silly question coming from a silly American who has never left the US.....do people in other countries refer to English riding as English riding? Or do they just say riding?
Because I know IME, dealing with non horsey people, if you say riding, they immediately think western saddle it seems. Not one person who isn't into horses knows even remotely what I'm talking about when I say hunter/jumper or English riding.

Not really a silly question. When I was riding in Germany we refered to style (e.g. Hunter seat), but that may have been because we were expected to be sitting it correctly and not all seats are the same. But Western was called Western over there. And I know that there were some people who rode Western there in the 70's (our "Wild West" was romanticized over there almost as much as it is over here) I never saw any in person.
Can't say about today though. It's be 40 years since I rode in Europe.
     
    09-11-2011, 12:21 PM
  #35
Yearling
Ooops. Hunt seat....not hunter :))
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    09-11-2011, 12:27 PM
  #36
Yearling
People label it by discipline -- hunter, dressage, Western, etc.
     
    09-11-2011, 12:49 PM
  #37
Weanling
When I was a teenager taking lessons there were no boys at my barn, hardly any boys at the shows and if you found one roaming around you could tell he was not in his natural habitat and wasn't too happy about being made to take lessons.

I will say the few men I've found that ride, are often HOT. There is only one man at my barn right now, he cannot ride to save his life but he tries and I enjoy watching his attempts because he's easy on the eyes.

There was one guy at my previous boarding stable (very good looking...see a pattern?)who has two mares and a different girlfriend every month. He must have dated every girl at the barn, maybe some more than once. It was like shooting fish in a barrel for him.

I got hit on by a local riding instructor a few months ago when I was looking for a dressage trainer, and he was also very nice to look at it and seemed quite accomplished. Only reason I didn't take lessons from him ( and accept his offer of dinner) was because his personality sucked. Player through and through.

Whoever said a lot of the men that ride and ride well are players seems to have a point. Not saying it's all of them but the few I've run across usually know they look **** sexy on a horse and take advantage of the fact that they are in a highly sought after minority. Can't say I really blame them, they have the market cornered for sure.
     
    09-11-2011, 12:51 PM
  #38
Yearling
So it hasn't changed in 40 years :))
Wonder the US habit of calling all disciplines either English or Western?
     
    09-11-2011, 01:19 PM
  #39
Yearling
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Originally Posted by coffeeaddict    
know they look **** sexy on a horse and take advantage of the fact that they are in a highly sought after minority. Can't say I really blame them, they have the market cornered for sure.
My point exactly. Can't comment on the player side though. It could be that a guy is going through so many girls because he just hasn't found the right one that doesn't want to give up. I've known women who have a new guy every month, or 2 or 3 or 4 :)), but I digress.

While almost all the males I know are riding some form of Wester (with or without a horn :)) ), they represent a significant minority in what Lt. Pete Mitchell (Maverick - "Top Gun") would call a "target rich environment" :))
Ok that might sound like a player statement, but what else would you call it. If I walk along a trail (not common for me, but it happens), on a low horse traffic day, I'll find at least a 2-1 ration. More likely to find a day when I'm the only male around. And a guy is seldom at a loss for finding a riding partner, since there's almost always a female around who will gladly go riding with you. I just ride to places more than trails, so I rarely run into anyone then.

But I'll confess to putting off some of my non equestrian friends (which means most of my friends). When they set me up with someone I always ask her if she likes to ride, or seriously wants to learn. If not, I'm really not interested. I can see the handwriting on the wall of having to deal with a girlfriend who's having to deal with me going riding without her. A past time shared by mostly women who are usually in good shape and share a common passion (horses and riding) with me. I don't even want to imagine dealing with that.

Did the insanely jealous wife and equally jealous girlfriend routine already. Not something I care to do again.

So don't be too hard on men who are interested in the single ladies that ride. We might just realize what's best for us in looking for a prospective partner. :) And if we're looking good it's not all bad for the ladies :)
     
    09-11-2011, 01:24 PM
  #40
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by coffeeaddict    
There was one guy at my previous boarding stable (very good looking...see a pattern?)who has two mares and a different girlfriend every month. He must have dated every girl at the barn, maybe some more than once. It was like shooting fish in a barrel for him.
Wait a minute. I'm in SC and have two mares.....
....no, can'at be me :)) . I don't have a new girlfriend every month and have yet to date (and unlikely to) anyone from the stable I'm at.

Whew...that was close :))
     

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