Hi I'm Mike,
I am a 23 year old guy who is currently pursuing an MBA degree. I have had a real interest in horses for a while now (since I was around 9 or 10). I am a bigger guy (6'3" and 187 lbs). Unfortunately I never had the chance to take up riding lessons until now because of several things standing in the way like my weight issues and others opinions of me taking riding lessons. I am looking to join riding lessons soon and I think I found the right facility.
Recently I have really looked at all my options for riding lessons since I now have some money and I am more in shape. I am looking to get into english riding (jumping). I have lost a ton of weight over the last several months (74 lbs). My family and friends were never keen on the idea of anything to do with horses, but now that I am more independent I am looking to reach a dream I have had for a while now.
My only problem is that since it is a mostly female dominated sport, how receptive are they to a guy looking to learn? I am not the most outgoing guy and do get intimidated if I feel that others are judging me. Do you think that I would be out of place after what I described?