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  • Guys who ride english
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    08-06-2008, 10:14 PM
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Getting more guys riding.

How to get more boys into riding? I have heard this question in more than one horse magazine. This is the same question ask in several hunting and gun magazines, about girls.. (Please don't take affence, to what I'm about to say.) Ask your why ain't more boys riding? The ones who have a chance.

The see riding as sissy aka my little pony and the saddle club. They don't see John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, or any other cowboy heroes. Or it is riding is boring: horse shows. The last horse shows, I went to had no boys competing and the only one inthe stands was there for his girlfriend. I was there to watch a buddy's (from work) father-in-law's team of ponies (in harness to something).
Western events like reining, cowboy action mounted shooting and cavarly reinactments. I left out cutting, team penning and rodeo: for they need a more advanced ride.
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    08-07-2008, 06:26 AM
You should come to Australia. We have a lot of guys at jump club, I would guesstimate about 40% of riders are male at show jumping comps and then reining comps at least 50% male if not more competing, the eventing comps have a good male percentage as well.. Then at the rodeo it is about 95% male riders! We also have quiet a few guys around in dressage and gaming. Al ot of our international riders are male too.

Our Olympic Squad for Beijing is 50/50
7 females
7 guys

Maybe show guys how "extreme" equestrian sports are, how prestiges and how they can meet awesome, independent, inspired females!!!

    08-07-2008, 07:14 AM
Haha... I think it's all in the mindset.

The girls tease the guys if they show up for riding lessons, while those same guys get teased by their guy friends for doing so. Getting teased both ways? I think most guys would say "no thanks", but it doesn't mean that they don't like horses.

I'd say that more guys would ride, if us girls didn't make it seem like a wimpy, girly sport. :P And more like a manly thing.

I know quite a few guys who enjoy old westerns, and want to ride horses like that, but are to scared to actually go to the stables and get a lesson because they're afraid that they'll be teased for doing that instead of football.
    08-07-2008, 08:22 AM
Riding's lovely for girls - so many accessories and clothes to fuss over, plenty of time to make up 'My Dream ____' lists, big cuddly animals ...

Not so many guys interested in that sort of thing. There are very few guys at the stables where I ride. However, I've got one of my friends to promise that, as soon as I've found a good stables near our uni, he'll take a taster lesson :)
    08-07-2008, 12:09 PM
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FutureVetGirl that was what I was trying to say.

Pinto Pony, I would love to go there. This orginal name for eventing was military game. It was set up as competion for cavalry troopers.

I would almost bet $100 at 10 to 1 odds than is no way on God's green earth, anyone would get me on of those postal stamps, aka english saddle.
    08-08-2008, 06:04 PM
It takes a lot for a guy to start. Ego - or rather bruised ego - is the biggest problem. Most guys don't like the idea of being surrounded by girls who can do something better then him. It's embarrassing for a guy to get out there in an arena with several young girls and not know what to do as an instructor is making them go around in a circle. Finding the rhythm of the horse is typically much easier for woman then for men as well.

I was fortunate that I was very young when I learned to ride and had the added advantage of private lessons. Most men do not and we all hate to fail - especially with so many woman watching and snickering. I saw that at a stable I was at a few years ago while I was looking at a horse to buy. There was this poor young man really wanting to learn and was so out of place in the arena.

Western cowboy heroes were the thing back in the 50's but not so much now. Guys are turned off by girls who refer to their horses as "my horsey" or put matching colors on their horses - like purple, yellow, pink, etc. It makes the whole thing very ...... well .... girly.

Anyway, that's my take on it for the most part.
    08-08-2008, 09:29 PM
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Thanks that reminds me of my first of out of state trail ride. I had my horse for not even a month, back rhen. Some friends from works called and asked if I wanted to. Sure, why not? I had been of this horse half a drozen times or less. This was my second trail ride ever. It starts out fine, infact I was a little crocky. Then we came to a little dry creek, I set I high in the saddle, and went right over his shoulder. Some where in this, my knee was hit. I think my horse hit it when he got up. For a good porsion of the ride I walked, every time thought about getting back in the saddle I saw myself rounding down the hillside. To make matters, one of the group brought their preteen or teenage tag along, who rode back to remind me You need to learn to ride. If it had been on my ATV (what we had used to chase cattle) I would have lean back and It would have happen. But, I knew how to ride. Yes , my ego was not bruised, it was betten black and blue. . .[/b]
    08-08-2008, 11:52 PM
I think the idea of tight pants and breeches is a lot different than someone in the Cowboy get up. There is a difference from guns blazing on a firey horse(with the speed of light and a hearty "Hi-yo, Silver!") and "prancing" around an arena to artsy Classical music, in tight breeches.

But when you think of it, percentage wise, how many Horse Trainers are men vs women? Same with Riding Instructors?

To me, when I think horse trainer, I think "Man". When I think instructor, I think "Woman". At least that is how it is in "My" world. At the shows I go to, when it comes to a Professional class, say out of 20 horses, 18 will be men. There are definitely women in the Trainer's Club, and they hold their own, but overall, men dominate.

In the whole of the industry, I do not think males are all that scarce(single males is another story).
    08-09-2008, 02:48 AM
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I have only been to one show, and it wasn't my thing. And, I was aiming mainly at the youth area and am. In their 20's, not the pro's. I while I love women in tight wranglers, Their is something amazing about a woman in english style breeches.
I was sure the remark about the english saddle and the bet would get a remark of some kind.
    08-09-2008, 07:52 AM
In Britain, where most people ride and work in jodhpurs, I imagine the lack of any obvious manly trouser is off-putting. And the fact that there are girls aged four, thirteen and eighteen who are all fifty billion times better than you is probably more nerves-inducing for a guy than it is for a girl.

When I drag my male friends off for a taster lesson, I plan on spending the week beforehand telling them as many tales as I can about me and my friends being really rubbish, though they're pretty good when it comes to admitting that they're not terribly good at something. Their egos aren't so afraid of embarrassment as some guys xD

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