It's ironic that horseback riding is now female-dominated.
There was once a time when horses were almost exclusively a male thing. For most of the thousands of years of human involvement with horses, they were highly valued as transportation, implements of farming and war materiel. The advent of the industrial revolution and internal combustion changed all that.
Let's look at the whole history of human transportation.
Men, not women, invented motor vehicles.
The male sex historically has dominated the transportation industry for the most part. Men travel much more widely than women and range much farther from home than women. Male animals in nature often have a much longer range from home than their female counterparts. Men historically have traveled the most in ships, on boats, on trains, on dog sleds, on foot, by trucks, by buses, by cars, on bicycles, by animals, on horseback and by planes and spaceships.
There have been many more male occupations that require extensive use of transportation from boys on bicycles to run telegraph messages to men on board sea ships to transport cargo. Girls often have had occupations as baby-sitting and dairy maid close to home with little movement. Most women's occupations are local and near home or in the home.
Men on average travel many more miles worldwide than women. Men are largely nomadic: women are largely domestic.
Automobiles are invented, designed, built, styled, maintained, repaired, marketed and sold mostly by men. Men average many more miles driving a car annually than do women. At least this was the case when the man was the breadwinner for his family.
Motorcycles are mostly ridden by men. Trucks are driven mostly by men. Greyhound buses are driven mostly by men. Merchant ships are run almost exclusively by men. Airplanes are piloted mostly by men. Astronauts are mostly men and only men have stepped onto a heavenly body, namely the moon, outside of earth.
Before the automobile, horseback riding was mostly by men as was driving wagons, oxcarts and carriages. Railroads are operated mostly by men.
Men have to often move a lot to get to and from work or business. Men transport most of the freight and raw materials worldwide. Transhumance/livestock herding is male-dominated. Think of cowboys on trail drives.
In hunter-gatherer societies, men traveled far to hunt meat for the family while women gathered plants for food near home.
Military and naval service is male dominated and entails extensive traveling.
Horses, and other animals, are still valuable today for travel over terrain that would be virtually impossible, that is impassible, by motorized vehicle. In some cases, the law allows horses to pass certain land but not motorized vehicles.
Last edited by jonbailey; 01-04-2020 at 08:32 AM.