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post #1 of 6 Old 11-07-2010, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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How to Find Barn + Instructor

I'm sure this has been covered a hundred times! I'm returning to riding after many years ... I'm a grown up (daughter is in college) who wants to bond w/ a horse, have a comfortable, confident hunt seat. I want to be able to hack around w/ some grace and ride in our local hunt in about 6 months (season is early spring - late fall, strange I know!) I'm lucky to live near miles and miles of gorgeous trails in New England, some designated for riding, others for dogs, some for both, etc.

I'd really like to be where there aren't a lot of little kids and their parents clogging up the place (been there!), where an instructor will understand that this is part of an overall fitness program for me (I've lost 40 lbs and have about 40 more to lose yay!). Would also be great to have a instructor who really has a sense about matching horses to riders -- I'll probably be leasing for a while.

Thanks so much - I really love this place!
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-08-2010, 08:07 AM
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I would start with word of mouth. Ask around for recommendations.

Riding instructors/trainers are like the various styles of underwear, everyone has an opinion of what is right.

After you have a list of places to check out go and visit them. Watch and see if the trainer and the atmosphere of the place fit your needs.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 11:13 AM
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• Horses: 1 is a great place to start and then you can go from there. I would go meet several instructors and pick which ones you like and go audit a lesson or two of each. I also recommend twice a week lessons.. it's expensive but you'll be ready to show in 6 months if your dedicated to learning... not to mention its way more fun than going to the gym!! Even better, chuck the gym membership and see if you can groom, handwalk to work off a few lessons. Great exercise!

Good luck!

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 04:59 PM
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Horse Riding Stables | Tack Shops | is REALLY cool... just put in your preferences on the left panel and your location and it pulls up all the barns, starting with barns closest to you. Good Luck!

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-09-2010, 09:28 PM
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Where in New England are you? I'm in CT. There are several places I can think of that are mostly adult. If you're going to the Equine Affair this week, put a flyer up in the ladies room.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-11-2010, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone -- I've got calls out to various instructors! I live on the North Shore in Massachusetts. Gorgeous horse country a bit inland (I live on the coast).
If you know of anyone, I'd love to know too!
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