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post #1 of 8 Old 10-20-2012, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 8 Old 10-20-2012, 02:11 PM
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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.
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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.
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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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post #5 of 8 Old 10-21-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me more about this lease stuff please. Like lease a horse?
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-21-2012, 09:04 PM
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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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post #7 of 8 Old 10-23-2012, 02:04 AM
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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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post #8 of 8 Old 10-24-2012, 11:50 PM
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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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