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    10-20-2012, 02:59 PM
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Foal
Getting back into riding and now in the city.

I grew up riding horses, mostly saddlebreds. I showed for a few years, but mostly rode on my parent's farm all day, trail riding, training or just goofing off. I have since grown up and found boys and horses kind of took a back seat to all of that. Now I am 28 years old, I have ridden about once every year or two since I was 16. Sadly nowadays my family no longer has the horse farm and I don't know of anyone who has horses that I am friends with. Also I am about to move to Baltimore in a few weeks, which is going to make all of this so much harder, just cause it's the city. How can I get myself back into riding horses or just being around horses and dealing with them? I know that I can buy a horse and obviously that would make me be able to get back into it, but I am not financially ready to take on the responsibility of owning a horses right now. Any suggestions anyone?
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    10-20-2012, 03:11 PM
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Green Broke
Move somewhere other than Baltimore, job market isnt great, cost of living is sky high, lots more opportunity and way cheaper cost of living farther south or southwest.
     
    10-20-2012, 03:18 PM
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Foal
I do agree with the not moving to Baltimore, but moving up there for a reason and will be there for roughly 2 years then can move again, but for now that is my situation.
     
    10-20-2012, 10:34 PM
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Trained
What about doing a 1/2 or 1/4 lease? They are relatively cheap and involve no long term complications of owning. I would think, as soon as you get out to the suburbs, there have to be some stables. Might be a drive, but most people find it worth it to be around horses again.
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    10-21-2012, 01:18 PM
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Foal
Tell me more about this lease stuff please. Like lease a horse?
     
    10-21-2012, 10:04 PM
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Trained
Yes. You find a stable that will lease you a horse. This gives you the right to ride the horse. How much you get to ride depends on the contract. 1/2 lease means riding time would be divided between you and somebody else.
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    10-23-2012, 03:04 AM
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Foal
I would shop around barns and take lessons at one you like first. I always suggest lessons whenever someone wants to get into horses, regardless of if they are new riders or "returning" riders. That gives you a cost effective way to brush up on your skills, meet potentially helpful contacts, and spend time with horses. After a year or two, if your situation allows, check into a full or partial lease.
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    10-25-2012, 12:50 AM
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Foal
Maryland and Virginia have are both big equestrian areas. The main discipline is English Hunter, Jumper, and Dressage. There is probably a stable near you. If it were me, I'd choose a schooling stable for lessons first. Once you get brushed-up on your skills and get familiar with the stable and the horses, it should be pretty easy to find a horse to lease or 1/2 lease. It could be at the schooling stable or at a private stable. Check out the bulletin board at the local tack shop for lessons. Good Luck!
     

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