I think I might have found some help. The feed store I go to in my hometown knows me well and there's a guy there that has a ranch north of town and has told me that if I come and do some repair work for him he would in return help me with my riding and would even board my horse for free. The only thing I am a little concerned about is that he is one of these old style cowboy guys that does things like the cowboys do, whatever that means. I've seen done of these guys that are this way be a little rough and dry with horses. I guess I'm a little too much kind hearted but I don't want him to hurt my horse. I'm also facing not having the want to anymore if that makes sense. My father wants me to of it and I probably would if I got reassured if this sounds like a good deal or not.
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OP, I think that sounds great!
I have a thread on here, about how I let a young friend board her horse just for the cost of his feed (which was mostly free because I have so much grass on 34 acres). Many on here wondered why I did that!
Well, I was just looking for someone who shares my passion and hobby. It didn't work out because she did not stay committed, so I asked her to leave after 6 months. But this could be a similar situation for you.
And do not discount the old cowboys! My greatest teacher was my neighbor when I was a kid. He was a crusty old rancher that I just loved to be with. He taught me a lot, and also encouraged me. He was fun to hang out with. I helped him gather cattle, and worked around his place in gratitude for his help. When I was grown and gone, he let me niece ride his old mare Queeny.
He was an absolute gentleman and prince of a man.
Heres to you, Curtis Thompson! *doffing my hat to the sky*
Now, this fella could be like me and you, looking for a friend to share interests. Or he could be like Mr. Thompson, helping young people and horses. Or he could be something else wonderful. Good luck!