---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <s3raphita@...> wrote :
I'm sure horses can tell a novice at first glance. You can almost sense their sneer. My only goes at horse-riding were as an adolescent and the horses always completely ignored my requests and goads. If a horse I was on wanted to stop and munch away at a hedge then that was what it would do. My instructor would have to come to my aid to get the damned beast (sorry - charming animal) keep up with the rest of the riders. Horses are also damned scary - they're a lot bigger than you imagine when you watch a cowboy movie and don't suffer fools gladly. Still, astonishingly beautiful and graceful creatures for all that. On a side issue: as race-horse jockeys are specifically chosen because they weigh so little why aren't women (or even girl) riders preferred over men for events where serious amounts of money are changing hands? Well, it is a man's world out there in the racing circles and you have to carry a certain amount of weight depending upon how the horse is handicapped so the lighter is not the better, you just don't want to weigh more than the horse is slotted to carry, obviously. Women have had a hard time breaking into the bigger more well-known races and tracks although there have been some wonderful women jockeys and they can definitely ride as well as men. You'll see a much more equal distribution of women to men in all the other riding disciplines except bronco busting and bull riding. Women are simply too smart to do that. From your recent posts I get the strong impression you prefer animals to humans! Is that (understandably) a correct impression? Yes, generally if I have to choose between spending an afternoon with a few dogs or horses or spending it with a bunch of people I would say it would be the former. I also prefer long solitary walks in the forest to tripping down to my local mall. But it really depends. I spend enough time here at FFL and there seems to be people (of sorts) here!