Men and Their Tolerance / Acceptance of Horses and Our Lifestyle
I'm with this amazing guy and when I try to say how lucky I am to have him, I often say how he's crazy (it's well known that I'm crazy too) to be so accepting of the lifestyle that comes along with having horses. I keep thinking that he must not really "get it" completely (although he hasn't run screaming yet). He thinks that most everyone is this accepting of our dedication to horses and riding but I think not and wanted to see other CotHers opinions. (Read: Help me prove him wrong. :lol:).
We're unfortunately doing the long distance thing right now but when he visits me he watches my rides and lessons and helps me when I work at the barn (doing stalls, etc.). He helps with the whole grooming, tacking up, cooling out, and bathing thing because he wants to learn more about it. He helps me with cleaning tack and he's also expressed wanting to learn how to ride, so that he at least knows the basics of riding (although he already asks about what my horse and I are doing during our rides). He's even gone as far to say that he wants us to someday have the house in the country with room for horses that he knows I want to experience at some point.
Anyway, he feels that most people are so accepting of their spouse's lifelong dedication to horses and riding and are also this interested in becoming educated and involved in it...but I don't think that's necessarily true. So what have your experiences (good and bad) been with finding someone who's accepting of the lifestyle that comes with riding and having horses? Are they at all interested in wanting to learn about the horsey lifestyle? Do they ever get involved and come out to the barn? Help out? Or do they just make it to a show here and there and pretty much only stick to their own hobbies?
PS. He's admitted to having made an account on here so he can learn more about horses (so he knows of my slight addiction to CoTH...). Needless to say, he's definitely come to the dark side... :lol: