As an equestrian myself, I think you (Queenofyourdreams) have explained this very eloquently! For me also, it is being one and totally in sync with a live thinking creature. It is an amazing intellectual and emotional bond at any speed or any circumstance that may arise during the ride. I however, cannot speak for men and their machines! The great state of Florida has more motorcyles than any other state! With the rising cost of gasoline, I am wondering now, is it cheaper to feed a horse than to buy gas? LOL!
Interesting generalization but this girly prefers bikes - dirtbikes, streetbikes and I don't ride on back.
Taking a corner at double the posted speed is exhilerating, hitting a good jump is amazing and nothing can beat sitting at the starting line of a motocross race with butterflies in your stomach, engine revved, just waiting to see that gate drop.
I sold my horse years ago, too much maintenance. The bikes take a lot of maintenance too but if I don't feel like working on it, it can wait till I do.
I find that guys have a problem riding something with their own mind. Most men dont have that same connection with animals. They want to be in total control. That is my experience and what I have noticed.