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post #21 of 39 Old 03-05-2013, 09:33 PM
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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.
I think this might not be stereotyping so much as it's wishful thinking on the part of the male contingent
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post #22 of 39 Old 03-05-2013, 09:45 PM
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This my fashion statement!
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I was actually just looking at my Dover magazine and asked my boyfriend why people would dress all cute just to go to the barn and get dirty. I love on my horse like crazy. It's impossible to leave there clean so I just wear tshirts and old jeans with my half chaps.

I went to a women's college for two years that had a strong riding team. My friend tried out for the team, and she is a great rider, but she was rejected because she didn't have the stereotypical body type they wanted. They told her that. They said they want the tall skinny girls. My friend is about 5'4" and she's proud of her curves. I couldn't believe that a college would actually turn away great riders just for their appearance.
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I went to a women's college for two years that had a strong riding team. My friend tried out for the team, and she is a great rider, but she was rejected because she didn't have the stereotypical body type they wanted. They told her that. They said they want the tall skinny girls. My friend is about 5'4" and she's proud of her curves. I couldn't believe that a college would actually turn away great riders just for their appearance.
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That is sad and upsetting. I'm sorry that happened to her. I hope she still stayed proud.
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post #25 of 39 Old 03-06-2013, 12:13 AM
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your body type doesn't win the team ribbons in the end! :)
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my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)
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post #26 of 39 Old 03-06-2013, 10:58 AM
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that is so dumb! I can't believe they would turn away a possible ribbon winner for her body type...that is just pathetic.

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post #27 of 39 Old 03-06-2013, 02:11 PM
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Yeah, tell me about it. I was mad when I heard they did that to her.
She just shrugged it off though and said she never wants to be a twig with no chest or butt. Like I said, she's proud of her figure. I love her to death but I lost more respect for that college's riding program.
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post #28 of 39 Old 03-06-2013, 02:31 PM
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What if they would do that to a girl that had body image issues? Imagine the repercussions...Good for her that she is confident in herself, much kudos.
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yeh we all know it isnt about winning, Its looking good that counts !
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post #30 of 39 Old 03-06-2013, 03:09 PM
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As I read these replies I thank God that I have been able to have my horses on property (even if it was humble property) with me over the decades.
It sounds like way too many have nothing to do but nit-pick. Who cares what someone is wearing as long as they are caring for their horse(s) and doing the best they can. People should be supporting others' efforts but sadly that isn't what happens sometimes. I hate petty herd mentality.
I no longer show. My horse activities center around trail riding. Most of the trail riders I know don't give two hoots what someone's fashion (or lack thereof) is...just as long as they aren't "nekked."
Side note: A couple of years ago a group of us were camping at our favorite camp. A group of ladies from a local saddle club came in for a couple of days. One evening they had a potluck and they all really dressed! Best shirts and hats...they looked good. We all so enjoyed the fashion show. I can tell you none of us looked nearly that good.

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