*hangs head* I'm probably the reason a lot of those stereotypes exist. I'm rather typical... I do find it funny though, when people find out that I ride...and how shocked they are by the type of riding I do!
I'm this tiny little 85 pound 4'11 teenager. 16 to be exact. If anyone thought that I rode horses, they'd guess that I was some sort of english jumper with fancy breeches and a $10,000 warmblood from Germany.
When I tell people that no- I work on a 'rustic' no electricity, spaced out, all horses live in a pasture, relies on man power ranch- I often get laughed at! Little do they know that I can rope as well as any of our cowboys can, I can ride anything from a pony to a fresh OTTB to a trained ranch horse, and I can fix just about anything. A car, fence, shed, gash in a horse's leg- you name it. And I own a mean little man-eating horse named Sour who was almost killed for being so agressive.
Oh the element of suprise...