I frequently get asked how I got my husband to ride. Occasionally on the blog, but more often in person. While we certainly meet a lot more men in endurance, my husband is often the lone guy at any horse show we attend. If you ask my husband why he rides, he’ll tell you it’s all my fault.
So here’s my step by step guide to getting your S.O. to ride.
Decide together that you’re going to go on an overnight pack trip together in the summer.
Suggest maybe he should take a few lessons. Sure, he doesn’t actually need to know how to ride to go on a trail ride, but it’ll make it easier.
Sign him up at a local stable for a package of group beginner lessons and go with him to the first lesson. (Sadly, I have no pictures of this because this stable was a weird parks and rec program and had weird rules about liability and where viewers could sit so I was like a field away.)
Find out the next day that your SO, while away on a business trip, is calling around to local stables in search of private lessons.
He starts riding twice a week (once a private and once in a group lesson). This is more than you ride. You no longer have anything to do with this; you’re just happy he likes it so much.
Move to California. Try out a few places to take lessons at, but find them too expensive and decide to buy horses (because that’ll be cheaper, right?).
6 years later, he’ll own 2 horses, do Eventing and Endurance and you’ll often act as groom/crew for him as he rides without you.
If anyone asks why he rides, he’ll still say it’s all your fault.
Has anyone else convinced their S.O. to ride? How did you go about it?