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    01-17-2012, 08:36 AM
The riding bug has finally bitten him!!

After being with my husband for 8 years, 6 of those years being married, he is finally showing interest in riding!!! He has always been my stable boy. Doesn't mind to go out and feed, willingly bails thousands of bails of hay, mucks stalls, and grooms away. But he has really never shown any interest in riding until know. He would always say, "ya, you can teach me some day." But yesterday, he said he would really like to start riding, and he would love to go trail riding with me. I am so excited. He really likes my new thoroughbred (who is as lazy as the day is long), so I think that is what is sparking his interest. I really didn't have anything that he could ride until recently. My old show gelding has arthritous (sp?) issues, so we couldn't ride him, and all of my parents horses were just too green. He is very confindent around horses, and can handle them well on the ground. It will be interesting to see how he does. But, if I can teach a 5 year old to ride, I can certainly teach a 30 yr old man, can't I? Hahahaha!!
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    01-17-2012, 08:42 AM
Congrats!! My husband won't ride because he doesnt want to wear a helmet. He says when we move back to Canada he wants his own "cowhorse". I think he has visions of himself saying "hi-ho silver away" and galloping off into the sunset
    01-17-2012, 08:45 AM
Originally Posted by Maple    
Congrats!! My husband won't ride because he doesnt want to wear a helmet. He says when we move back to Canada he wants his own "cowhorse". I think he has visions of himself saying "hi-ho silver away" and galloping off into the sunset
This is similar to what my husband is like....He wants to be like Mantracker!
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    01-17-2012, 08:55 AM
Congrats! It took me about 8 years to get my hubby riding (we've been together for 12), now he rides a few times a week with me and he really likes trail riding.

He even tried out my new horse in my english saddle! I wasn't allowed to take pictures and I'm not supposed to talk about it, might mess up his tough guy persona
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    01-17-2012, 09:00 AM
Yes, I mentioned putting him in a smashing pair of breeches and his nice english helmet. I told him he would look very dapper. And that is when he said, "Oh, I thought I would be more like that Mantracker know rugged and tough." Silly me.......
    01-17-2012, 09:23 AM
Good luck with that feisty! Mine got in the english saddle, in his carharrt work pants & western boots. If I'd have mentioned breeches, he'd have been running the other way...though he does have under armour, hmmm
    01-17-2012, 09:41 AM
Muahahaha MHFQ you are so evil.

A while ago my the fella was a 6ft6 rugby player, and couldn't understand the fascination. Constantly ribbed me for sitting on my behind all the time.

So I took him to the yard one day, and made him put a bomber hat on, got him on my old 17.2hh gelding. Walked him round a couple of times, then stood back and filmed.

WOAH PONY, STOP. HALT.. and the best one SIIIITTTT I was dying with laughter.. this big, rough tough guy petrified of this horse, who wasn't even picking up his feet properly to walk!

Then he was an absolute butt to me, so for his leaving do I sent the video to the organiser, a good friend, and it ruined his rufty toughty image MUAHAHAHA
    01-17-2012, 01:23 PM
Originally Posted by feistymomma    
This is similar to what my husband is like....He wants to be like Mantracker!
My husband LOVES mantracker, I get "when we're in Canada I can ride through the mountains like that on my horse". I say our husbands would be great pals by the sounds of it!
    01-17-2012, 01:40 PM
Thats Awesome! I got my hubby to take a lesson, of course it had to be Western, and my 6 foot 2 hubby made the QH look like a shetland pony. But, afterwards he had a huge smile on and told everyone how he loped (which he did, in his first lesson, I was quite proud) Oh, and he had to wear a cowboy hat, no helmet for this tough guy. I relented, since he almost could have touched the ground with his toes LOL. I have a pic somewhere...
    01-17-2012, 04:25 PM
Sorry Ladies, but if you have a partner who shows an interest in riding then you must make a decision up front as to whether you want him to enjoy your hobby or not. If you do want him to learn, then set it up so that he enjoys the first few lessons. For a start, a dobbin of a horse is what is needed, nothing fancy and certainly nothing sensitive.
Then you must go back to basics and ask yourself what is important in riding and that is the seating position - so explain it to him and give him the reasoning.

You'd probably have the best chance of converting him to the sport if you sent him off to a riding school for some one on one lessons - preferably with a male teacher.

But if you simply sit him on the back of a horse and say 'Gidyup' and the horse takes off, then your fella will suddenly learn just how vulnerable he is for the first couple of months until the muscles harden up. And if he crushes his male tackle early on - then you won't ever get him back up on the horse's back.

One of many issues which I am sure put men off horseriding in the UK is that the sport is dominated by women - especially in DIY livery yards. Few men like to look foolish in front of a barn full of women - some of whom can be very bitchy. It is a shame that there are not more men riding English, and in the UK with the negative pressure on fox hunting there might be even fewer in the future.
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