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    04-30-2010, 03:26 PM
Green Broke
Male Horse Trainers

Is it just me, or are most of the extremely successful western horse trainers (reining, cutting, roping, etc etc) male? I know there are female western trainers that are very well known such as Stacy Westfall, but she isnt nearly as big as some other guys. When I was down at Equine Affair she was signing autographs and answering questions...there was maybe...2 people next to her MAYBE. The whole day I only saw only a few people standing next to her. And a few times she was by herself looking around. She smiled at me, I felt so cool Anyways, if there was John Lyons, Clinton Anderson, Parelli, (Those are the only ones iv seen in person) down at equine affair (which they have been) there is a HUGE HUGE line and people are like fighting to get to talk to them. I know the horse world is mostly dominated by us gals. If heard a few things like "guys have more of a natural ability with horses" "guys have a better seat" "guys are just over all better at horses". The guys I know that ride are fantastic riders, like my best friend Cory (AQHA1994) he is an amazing rider and is amazing with horses. What do you think? Do you think guys are generally better with horses?
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    04-30-2010, 03:35 PM
I agree. All really big names I can remember at the moment (in western) are guys (except Stacy and Julie). Actually I'd say it's true for not-so-big names but still very successful trainers in my area. However most really good english trainers around here are female. As one of the local male western trainers said (who did lots of English as well): he looks too bad in breeches...
    04-30-2010, 03:42 PM
Green Broke
Yes! I notice that most very well known english trainers are female, and most western are male. Most HUS and western trainers around here are male aswell.
    04-30-2010, 03:42 PM
Every little girl loves horses but by the time they are in thier late teens the novelty has gone away and they quit riding. Maybe they come back after they get done with kids and maybe they don't. Most of them don't. When a boy gets involved with horses and really takes to it they have less reasons to quit than the ladies. Also, men have bolder personalities and more physical strenght than most women. Also, men are generally percieved more successful in business and that is a major part of becoming a professional horse trainer or clinician.
    04-30-2010, 03:45 PM
Green Broke
I also notice men don't get emotionally involved with their horses. You wont see them crying because "the horse wont listen to them" and taking it personally which I have seen many many gals do.
    04-30-2010, 03:46 PM
^you've seriously seen that?

Really, I just think it's that boys are in general more competitive. They always want to be the best of all while girls are maybe content with being the best they can be.
    04-30-2010, 03:49 PM
Green Broke
Back in 4h iv seen many many girls throw a crying/hissy fit because "the horse wont listen to them" and take it personally.
    04-30-2010, 03:50 PM
Oof, some people..
    04-30-2010, 03:56 PM
This may be a little off topic but I train alot of horses for other people so I meet people from all different walks of life and I have noticed that men and women have very different reasons for sending a horse to a trainer. Women almost always admitt that they are not experienced enough and need someone to help them get a good start on thier horse. In 15 years I have only heard the previous reason from a handful of men. It seems like every man used to train all his own horses but what with work or business or a sports related injury they can't do it any more. It may well have been true with some of them but I have seen some of these men ride and they have very little ability. The women may not have much ability either but they are far more honest about it.
    04-30-2010, 04:00 PM
Green Broke
Men and their "pride"

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