Based on qualitative interviews with equestrians, the study examines factors that draw individuals to equestrian sports, the nature of their relationships within the equestrian subculture, the financial impacts of participation, and accidents and injuries. The study finds that women make up the majority of this sport and compete at the same level as their male counterparts. However, women face greater pressure to conform to the ideal image of femininity, resulting in a higher prevalence of eating disorders. The study also finds that relationships among equestrians are strong and friendship-based. Relationships outside of the equestrian subculture are, in some cases strained because of the excessive time spent caring for the equines, training, and competitions.