Things you’ll know to be true if you’re a horsey girl

Any man is second to your four legged friend

People seem to have something against anyone who has any connection to horses, telling us we’re always bailing on social plans to be with our horses or filling your Instagram feed with pictures of horses.

We hear the same complaints and questions everywhere we go, but here are some of the things you’ll know to be true if you’re a horsey girl.

Haters only think horses are good for racing

Horses are animals. They don’t need to be ‘used’ for anything. They’re the loveliest member of a family you can have. But if you really insist on using them then they can do a lot more than racing. Dressage is a huge sport, yes it is a sport – it’s in the Olympics, as well as showjumping, eventing and showing. Plus, horse therapy is doing amazing things for millions of children and adults struggling with learning difficulties. So don’t even try and say that horses are useless.

People will ask why you have such an ‘impractical’ pet

First of all, horses are more than just a pet, they are a member of the family. Secondly, looking after a horse doesn’t feel impractical when you love what you’re doing. I will admit they are expensive, but you don’t have to be super rich. Some people choose to spend their money on a huge house or private education, others spend it on horses – a great investment. And okay they take a lot of time up, but it’s time well spent.

Plus, why do you hate us just because we have an impractical pet? I don’t hate you because you like an impractical sport.

You consider your horse one of your best friends

If a horsey girl has ever cancelled on you on fireworks night then I’m sorry but that’s the way it is. To be honest, if you’re friends with someone who owns horses and they haven’t cancelled on you to be with their horse when the fireworks start then I’d be a bit worried.

But seriously, other than that we don’t actually cancel that many social plans for horses. They quite happily fit with our schedule, so we should credit them more than anything! As long as a horse person is prepared to be up by 6 am, they will never need to cancel on you.

We’re not all posh girls

There’s a popular stereotype that all girls who horse ride are posh with a second house in the south of France and live off mummy and daddy. However, most of us actually work really hard to maintain our hobby and make financial sacrifices in other places.

You’d rather hang out with horses because they won’t judge you

This seems to be a particularly topical question at the moment, considering all the shit that’s going on in the world. I’m not some weird person who hates social interaction and would rather spend her days sat around in a stable.

But at least a horse will always listen to you when you’re down, they will never judge you – they have no idea what you’re going on about and are probably focused on their hay anyway. They are incredible to hug! Plus they won’t make stupid decisions about politics or promote hate but that’s another story altogether. So yes, when I’m down I talk to my horse about it. Deal with it.

Your Instagram is FULL of horse pics

I could ask why you are filling my Instagram with selfies of you and your friends that I don’t really want to see. Horses are much prettier than me so really I’m doing you a favour, be thankful.

Any man is second to your four legged friend

This one is true. I’m sorry but you’re just going to have to accept that if you date someone who has horses, you will always come second to them and you will most likely spend a lot of your time standing in the cold whilst they introduce you to their horse, or sitting being shown pictures of their horse. I’m sorry but it’s true and you’re going to have to deal with it.

Featured image credit – University of Warwick Riding Club