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        05-22-2011, 12:27 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    That western riders can't ride.
    Drives me nuts to hear that, lucky me I like to prove everyone wrong and can ride english with decent enough position where I don't flop around considering its not my normal thing
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        05-23-2011, 07:10 AM
      #22
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by Katesrider011    
    When people think I'm fruity cause I love to ride english, and I love on horses like a girl would.
    That's dumb of people to say/think. At the big eventing competition I've been (~200 riders) lots of competitors were male (definitely riding english and wearing those tight breeches lol!).
         
        05-23-2011, 07:12 AM
      #23
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Eh, I don't really let those types of people bother me anymore. People who make blatant statements about some stereotype are telling you more about themselves than they are about you.
    Very true, smrobs.
         
        05-23-2011, 08:17 AM
      #24
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    

    When I was younger I showed my old school QH's in EVERYTHING. It was really annoying to hear the english riders & jumpers snickering "look at her on that 14'2" thing, no way it can jump". It wasn't gorgeous but we weren't doing hunter over fences, we were jumping and when it came to timed jump-offs, that 14'2" quarter could smoke a jump course and never once refused
    Heck ya! my 14.1 solid paint (all QH lines) pony and I Event so I second that! ;) hey tell them to remember Teddy at Rolex and suck it!! Lol That's my biggest pet peeve...when people tell me my horse can't do something just because of her breeding! BS...can't tell anything just by looking at a horse standing there!
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        05-23-2011, 08:25 AM
      #25
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
    Heck ya! my 14.1 solid paint (all QH lines) pony and I Event so I second that! ;) hey tell them to remember Teddy at Rolex and suck it!! Lol That's my biggest pet peeve...when people tell me my horse can't do something just because of her breeding! BS...can't tell anything just by looking at a horse standing there!
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    Exactly! My gpa always told me "Kid, there's nothing a big horse can do that your small horse can't do better"

    That's good about Teddy, I will keep that in the back of my mind if I ever give up reining & working cow horse & jump again...the suck it at the end also made me giggle and think of the best jumping form advice I'd ever gotten, but it's soooo not HF appropriate. I will have to pm you on that one
         
        05-23-2011, 08:35 AM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Lol awesome! :)
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        05-23-2011, 08:50 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    I'm annoyed when people assume most guys who ride English are gay.

    It never even crossed my mind until a couple months ago when someone was telling me how "gay" it is that I ride English in "tights" (breeches) ... I ended up asking literally every single person that I knew who rode English and *ALL* of them had the same opinion that most guys who ride are either gay or assumed to be gay which pissed me the hell off - especially since NON of them personally knew any gay riders! One of my long time friends said: "When a guy goes to a barn, they have to pretty much prove to everyone that they aren't gay. Whether it's bringing up stories about ex-girlfriends or flirting with the girls there, until you do that, everyone will assume you're gay."

    Are people really that stupid? I could list off a handful of well known male riders who have CHILDREN and WIVES... I just don't see anything about English specifically that makes it seem like the guy riders are feminine or anything of that nature.
         
        05-23-2011, 09:19 AM
      #28
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
    I'm annoyed when people assume most guys who ride English are gay.

    It never even crossed my mind until a couple months ago when someone was telling me how "gay" it is that I ride English in "tights" (breeches) ... I ended up asking literally every single person that I knew who rode English and *ALL* of them had the same opinion that most guys who ride are either gay or assumed to be gay which pissed me the hell off - especially since NON of them personally knew any gay riders! One of my long time friends said: "When a guy goes to a barn, they have to pretty much prove to everyone that they aren't gay. Whether it's bringing up stories about ex-girlfriends or flirting with the girls there, until you do that, everyone will assume you're gay."

    Are people really that stupid? I could list off a handful of well known male riders who have CHILDREN and WIVES... I just don't see anything about English specifically that makes it seem like the guy riders are feminine or anything of that nature.
    It makes me so sad that people think that way. The guy that works with me at the barn is from SC. I saw a picture or two of his jumping on a huge bay gelding and I was impressed! Plus he has a girlfriend. He went to college for equine studies and competes in hunter jumper. A N D I believe he wears breeches too. And I never once thought to think he was gay.
    I don't know why or how people assume that a guy is gay just because he wears breeches or rides English. Not all men should be cowboys and gunslingers. Honestly if I were a dude and I heard that, I'd be very PO'd too. Just don't be discouraged by what people think. It's something to be proud of when it comes to how well you ride and how well you carry yourself as a rider DESPITE what you are wearing that day.
         
        05-23-2011, 09:52 AM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Yeah I don't know any gay riders...though I don't know many male riders either in english, mostly women. Do maybe people are just making assumptions because it's not what they're used to seeing?
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        05-23-2011, 10:15 AM
      #30
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
    Yeah I don't know any gay riders...though I don't know many male riders either in english, mostly women. Do maybe people are just making assumptions because it's not what they're used to seeing?
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    It must be, kind of like how everyone assumes all male figure skaters are gay... something I always assumed when I was young but obviously found out later on that's not the case. :)
         

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