I'd love to know what stereotypes of an equestrian you seem to have battled both in and out of the horse world.
I am feeling a bit like an outcast in the horse world in my area. I am very much a girly girl, and enjoy things such as shopping and pampering myself that tends to carry over into my love for horses and riding.
I saw a post on here earlier (in all good fun) that had stated being around horses make a girl want to not wear makeup. I felt like this was stereotyping riders, yet most people agreed that that was so them.
This soft spot may be me being self conscious. As a kid, I took riding lessons with a small group of girls, and we got along great until middle school. While we were in middle school these girls started ganging up against me, saying my equitation sucks (like other 13 year old girls are to talk...lol) and would turn the electric fence on while I was out in the paddock. Anyway, I eventually quit riding in high school cause I didn't want to deal with these mean girls anymore. Looking back now, I am aware that is the age that girls are developing, and appearance starts to matter in their minds, and (not to sound conceited) I was a pretty girl and it was intimidating.
But here I am, at 23 years old, riding again, and again feel as if I am being judged for being girly. I LOVE to shop, so when I found a great deal on a new CO helmet I was so excited to share this great deal with a girl I ride with, and she seemed also excited to hear where to get a good deal, but mentioned that appearance doesn't get you ribbons. I don't think this was meant to be condescending at all. (she is a very supportive and friendly person) but made me nervous that I would stick out for being a bit too stylish in a world that stereotypically doesn't care about fashion or beauty. (I also bought the coolest breaches, shirt, and gloves you could find... I can't resist..lol)
I believe that stereotypes run high in this lifestyle, and have met many people who have pushed me away from the sport, because I am too girly so I must not like horses as much as they do.
Anyway, I would enjoy hearing other stereotypes people have overcome in the horse world- or find frustrations with. I mean, it would be a boring life if all horse people were the same, lol