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post #11 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 12:31 AM
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post #12 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 12:38 AM
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I'm pretty sure this isn't universally true. All of my riding companions are female, all in 40s or above (I know a couple are grandmothers), most married or in relationships.

Maybe they give up the horses for a while, but sooner or later some of them discover that men can be persuaded to help pay for their horses
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post #13 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 01:11 AM
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Just ask my hubby of 19 years + 5 years of dating what would happen if he made me choose between him and my horses. I've known him for 24 years, my oldest horse, JC, has been with me for 26 and I've known him his full 28 years. JC has seniority. LOL
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post #14 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 12:40 PM
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Not true in my case, lol. I never had much of an urge to date back in school, and never really even noticed boys even though most of my friends were boys (and apparently 'in love' with me, lol...)...

I just started really thinking more about boys last year... and I'm 23! Though, now, I'm in a fairly serious relationship and the boyfriend is well aware of the fact that my horses come first... and he's ok with it. He may not know much about horses, and he's not really inclined to learn much other than how to ride so we can go riding together, but that's ok. :)

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post #15 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 01:28 PM
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I've always loved horses but never had an opportunity to own one until I was on my own. Ended up buying my first horse the same year I became engaged. Quite the year I must say!

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post #16 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 05:49 PM
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I have seen it cut both ways. Some girls do get into boys and forget horses. Likewise girls get into soccer, belly dancing or music and forget horses. I think there is an element of horses are either in your DNA or not. You can expose a kid to them but you can't make a kid love them or want to own them. All three kids in my family grew up around horses and all of us did some form of 4H as children. Of the three of us only one (myself) is still involved in or interested in horses. Thats okay, my siblings are wonderful people who happen to have interests outside of horses. I ended up taking a break from horses for about a year maybe two and then found a way back to it. In the end, that is how you know you love something, you spend time apart from it and manage to find a way back to it.

Dating wise, I don't consider it a requirement for the guy I date to be into horses. They need to tolerate horses but they don't need to ride them, or be into them. They should listen to me talk about it a little bit with the same respect that I give them when they discuss something they are interested in. If the choice was ever presented to choose between the boyfriend and the horse (or the dog, cat, or my family) than the horse would win. Mostly because if someone you love is making you choose between them and something else that is really important to you, than its not really love (at least not the kind of live I want).
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post #17 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 06:36 PM
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Haha I cracked up laughing when I saw this thread! Only recently I had a guy tell me he wanted to date me and I basically told him that there is NO WAY I have time for a boyfriend, because my horses will ALWAYS come first. Some horsey girls say boys come second to their horses, well, for me, boys aren't even on the list! I can already tell I'm going to be the crazy old horse lady...
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post #18 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 06:46 PM
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A bunch of us ladies were sitting around one day watching TV and an ad for a singles site came on. It led to speculation about how you'd word an ad. Mine went something like, "55 yo WF seeks WM for friendship and horseback riding. Must be secure enough in himself to take a backseat to the horses every time.". I'm willing to bet I'd never get a single answer.

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post #19 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 07:08 PM
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The girls that suddenly ditch horses are usually the one's that weren't really interested in the first place. I tend to see it in instances where parents got them riding but the kids were never really into the whole "horse thing."

As I like to term it, getting bitten by the horse bug is a terminal illness. If you truly get bitten then you never give them up.
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