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    12-30-2012, 06:31 PM
Recommendations for N VA area

Hi, I'm looking for some recommendations on where to learn some basics of riding in the N VA area (DC Metro area). My 4 year old daughter recently took up riding and her 2 year old sister will probably start soon as well. I know absolutely nothing about horses but figure if they are learning to ride and continue with it (I'm sure my 4 year old will - she is already wanting to "run" and jump even though she isn't ready for it yet, she had been campaigning for lessons for nearly a year before I broke down) that I should probably learn as well. If my daughter keeps her interest she will probably eventually go on to some type of showing as she currently is wanting to learn everything she can and is loving it (horses and race cars are her thing). I'm not concerned with learning jumping or anything along those lines at this point - I am just looking to learn about horse care and how to ride (basic stuff - trails, etc). I don't want my daughter to be limited to only being able to ride during her lessons once she gets more experienced (she's on lead line now) as she loves going for her classes mini trail rides at the end of the class and know she would want to do the longer trail rides they hold periodically but I wouldn't want her to go (not to mention they probably wouldn't want her to go as well) without an adult she knows (parent or close friend of the family) in case something happens. It would probably be close to a year before she's experienced enough to go on the longer trail rides. Now that I've rambled - does anyone have any recommendation on where is a good place for lessons? I could go to the place she goes but to be honest would be a little embarrassed as all their instructors are teens ( though they are excellent instructors) and for me it would be embarrassing to be taught by someone half my age (I know that's a ridiculous thing to be embarrassed about). Thanks.
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    12-30-2012, 07:29 PM
I guess some of that depends upon where you are, and what discipline you want. Western is pretty hard to come by, but there is one place in Berryville I personally love, and they have their own small kids and would probably be great. Most of the rest is H/J or dressage that I am aware of, and I do not know any of them (in MD I could help you.....)I would recommend looking here:Virginia
And going, visiting, seeing who is close, who you think you can get along with, etc. Your girls are very young, and some places may not deal with that age, would be my guess.
    12-30-2012, 07:45 PM
Thanks. We are in the Annandale area. My 4 year old has been taking lessons for a few weeks now and loves it. The place she is at starts teaching basics at 2 years of age. I am probably going to wait until my youngest is a little older before letting her start riding. I am looking for a place for me to learn to ride and to be honest don't know the difference except that they use a different type saddle for English and Western. I am just looking to be able to stay on a horse learn how to work with them (so they don't control me and do whatever they want to do which some will do anyways). I figure when my girls get a little older they will want to do more so I'd better at least learn the basics so that I can go with them/help them.

According to her instructor my 4 yo has been doing very good in lessons and has learned posting pretty well. Her Dad usually takes her since she is a "Daddy's girl" but he is way too big to ride a horse (my daughter said we could get him a cow when we told her he was too big for a horse).. Thanks for the site I will check it out.

Have you heard anything on Woodlawn Stables near Ft. B? I know that it has been there since I was a little kid living in Stafford and would come up to Ft B with my Mom and Dad to do our shopping on base but have never heard whether or not it's a good establishment or not. Thanks again.
    12-30-2012, 08:54 PM
I live in the Leesburg area, so not familiar with your area. Most of my adult riding has been in MD, prior to moving to Va. Can you not take lessons where your daughter does? Oh, and BTW-I doubt hubby is "too big........
    12-30-2012, 10:43 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I live in the Leesburg area, so not familiar with your area. Most of my adult riding has been in MD, prior to moving to Va. Can you not take lessons where your daughter does? Oh, and BTW-I doubt hubby is "too big........

They don't have adult lessons that would be convenient for me (time of the lessons would be hard to get to with traffic) and I'd be a little embarrassed being taught by someone half my age. I work in Ashburn and live in Annandale so if I could find somewhere in the Leesburg area that had an evening class during the week it would work. I'm pretty familiar with most of N VA and MD as I used to be a school bus driver and my husband drives feeders for UPS and we do a lot of driving around (we don't think twice about running down to Fredericksburg on the weekend to go get lunch when we have the time). Unfortunately my hubby is too big until he loses some weight - 6ft and 300lbs, that's what loving food and being a driver does to you.
    12-31-2012, 05:33 AM
Since I have never taken lessons in VA, I would suggest looking at the link I posted and starting there. Unfortunately Va doesn't have a great publication for stuff like this like MD does. I do know there are several in the area, and I think there are even some out in the Ashburn area, but I do not know the names or anything about them personally. Call, visit and see which might fit your needs best.
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    01-06-2013, 03:27 AM
For those of you that are familiar with VA - does anyone know anything about
Pond View Stables in Warrenton?

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