Yeah, this is a really inane thread, but I’m bored.
I was musing over how little girls like horses. It’s really odd if you think about it.
What makes horses a feminine interest?
Are little boys viewed as Percys if they express an interest in Equestrianism (Is that a word?)?
I suppose the rules are different for children who grew up in rural areas where they are in contact with horses on a frequent basis.
And unicorns- why are they girly?
A unicorn looks like it should be capable of inflicting serious damage if it wanted to, impaling little elves and the like- stomped bloody green elf-guts are kinda boyish.
And then I wonder why it was that I never liked horses as a kid, or unicorns, but now I like the movie Legend. That’s odd- i somehow got more girly as i grew up.
Sorry I’m so bland. I feel bland.
Horses appear to be kinda dumb to me, though. I think I read once somewhere that cows are actually smarter.
You know, I’ve never understood this either. I don’t have an answer, I’m just bored.
And are cows really smarter than horses? We should train them to race, then - I’d go to the track any day to see a cow race.
I was never into horses in particular. As a child, I was a friend to all animals, great and small. Well, not bugs or snails. (Yes, I was a female as a child.) I was more a dog fanatic, though. Muhaha. Never so much into horses.
…it’s the only opportunity a lot of them will ever have of having a massive beast rubbing between their legs.
The above (and probably, to a certain extent, accurate) point notwithstanding, I think the article Boscibo referenced explains it best. Your average preteen/teenage girl, faced with the reality that she is, on average, smaller and physically weaker than a good percentage of the population and is, in many cultures, cut off from many opportunities, may well appreciate the chance to control something much larger and more powerful than herself.
What’s the deal? I don’t think it’s anything that’s been expressed so far. I am a horse lover and always have been. So are my daughters who rode their first pony at age 2 1/2 and 5 years old. It was a great mother-daughter activity that we would do for a special treat. My youngest daughter bought a horse when she was in high school and boarded him at a nearby horse ranch where she also worked part-time.
My attraction to horses is really quite simple. I love their strength, beauty, grace, and independent spirit. Each one has it’s own unique personality and when you earn their trust, you have a loyal companion. Horses are a bit cautious by nature and can be “spooked” by things they have not encountered before such as crossing through water or coming upon a downed tree limb on a path. I don’t consider such behaviour as being dumb.
Hopefully I’ll be able to own a horse or two when we build our new home. I love the sense of freedom I feel when riding, as well as the feel of wind in my hair. If there were anything sexual about it, I guess that might be it.
I don’t know. I just recall the time I was at some party and they decided to throw in The Princess Bride. We get to the part where they say “The only pleasure Princess Buttercup got was in riding her horse around the kingdom.” I of course immediately retorted, “Oh, you know why.”
Only one girl admitted to catching what I was talking about. I still think it’s pretty funny, but not really an answer to the question.