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post #11 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 12:48 PM
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WELCOME! I started at 26, so it's never too late!!

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post #12 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you to everyone who answered so far! It is great to see that many of you are welcoming to the idea of someone like me joining the sport.
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post #13 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 06:12 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I think it's great that you are taking the first steps in allowing your dream of horses and riding to come true! Now, all you have to do is get out there and find somewhere to start your lessons!
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post #14 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 06:46 PM
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My only problem is that since it is a mostly female dominated sport, how receptive are they to a guy looking to learn?
*scoff* Sir, let me tell you, the guys dominate equestrian sports! ;) Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Buck Davidson, Michael Pollard, Mark Todd, Clayton Fredericks, Christopher Burton, Peter Atkins, Will Coleman, Will Faudree, Peter Barry, Robin Walker, Clark Montgomery... I could go on more, but I wouldn't want to bore you! ;)

And that's just eventers!!

Welcome to the most wonderful world of horses. :)

Check out Eventing Nation! It's great and tons of fun(: Plus, you can see a lot of guy's in the sport.


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post #15 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for telling me about these male professionals in the sport. To be honest, I couldn't believe the amount of males at the professional level. My question to you now is: how many guys do you see at your local barn?
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post #16 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 08:52 PM
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Thanks for telling me about these male professionals in the sport. To be honest, I couldn't believe the amount of males at the professional level. My question to you now is: how many guys do you see at your local barn?
I don't have a "local" barn, per say, but the barn that I work at has no men. But that's because there's one single owner and then two other workers and they're all female. ;)

However, there are a few guys that I've seen ride at local shows, and more at rated events that I've been to. Good horsemen (especially the ones that ride english) are slim pickins most of the time – you're going to be sought after, for sure! XD

It's not weird at all that you're riding(: Horses are amazing creatures, and are great to be around!! I think the main reason guys don't ride is because they're afraid of public scrutiny –*but just talk to those that do, and you'll see that you aren't alone at all, and there are tons of men that ride.

Besides, what's better than being surrounded by women and horses? Lol(:

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post #17 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Great point! :)

No complaints about being surrounded by women lol. Being a shy single guy, I need any opportunity I can get to meet the right one.

Yeah I guess that was my biggest fear that others will look down upon me for being a guy in this sport. So far everyone on this forum has made me feel welcome. :)
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post #18 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 09:35 PM
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Im to am 23. I am however female and have been riding my whole life. I have given lessons to many people (girls and guys alike), that are quite older than you. If its what you dream, go for it. Don't pay attention to the nay sayers. I wouldnt change owning horses for anything. They are my passion. And like others have said, whats so bad about having women around you all the time? Heck, I would love to find a guy my age that rides or wants to. So it can only be a win win for you :)
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post #19 of 46 Old 05-25-2012, 10:49 PM
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Hi Mike welcome to the forum
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post #20 of 46 Old 05-26-2012, 11:16 AM
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Welcome to the forum Mike! I think it is AWESOME that you've finally decided to go after your dream. There are some amazing male horsemen out there. I am a western trainer/rider myself, and in a western atmosphere, I have never really noticed the male/female ration being unbalanced. There were even some amazing barrel racing trainers/riders at my old club that were male. They were impressive!

Please keep us updated along your journey! And remember, no questions are ever bad or silly. There are some really helpful, awesome people here. You'll love it!
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