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post #1 of 17 Old 09-29-2011, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Any ex-riders?

I haven't ridden at all in five years, and not regularly in 10. At first I thought my current difficulties were temporary, I'm realizing now that I'm probably turning into an ex-rider. My financial situation just keeps getting worse, plus I'm getting older and going lame more often. Short of a miracle, it doesn't look like I'm going to get back in the saddle again.

So I just wondered, is anyone else here in the same sort of boat? I know it's useless for a non-rider to be on a board like this, but I can't imagine not having something horsey in my life.
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-29-2011, 08:04 PM
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I'm sorry.

This forum isn't just for riders, though! And it doesn't make you any less of a horse lover if you don't ride. In my opinion, riding has nothing to do with being a good horse person.

You know Bob Langrish, the famous equine photographer? As much as he loves horses, he will not ride them. Go figure.

I think I might also be drifting away from riding. I have no one to ride with, no trails within riding distance, and no horse trailer. So it's kind of pointless. Also, my horse went lame the first week of July, and it scared me so bad that I haven't ridden him since. I know it's ridiculous, but I'm paranoid.

You're not alone. And don't lose interest in horses just because you don't ride. That would just be silly.

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post #3 of 17 Old 09-29-2011, 09:30 PM
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I was on a horse for the first time in about 10 years this past March, when I went riding along the beach in Mexico. I haven't been on a horse since, but will be picking it up again as soon as I can get my heart horse home.

I've loved horses from 2 years old, but didn't actually get on one and learn to ride until I was 14. Before that, my dad sat me on a huge Percheron when I was about 3 years old and took me on a trail ride when I was 10. That was the extent of my riding experience until I turned 14, when I took a year of lessons. Haven't ridden steadily since, but I've never stopped loving horses and craved to be around them.
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-29-2011, 09:49 PM
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I've always loved horses. I grew up around horses. When I moved out on my own, I became the type of girl who grabbed a latte on her walk to work. Thought for sure my horse riding days were done. I moved to AZ and purchased my 1st horse as an adult at 36.
Plus there are ways you can ride and be around horses without committing to ownership. You would be surprised how many folks just want their horses ridden and don't have the time or just want someone to ride with them. You could also volunteer at a horse rescue or take lessons.

Never say never!

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.

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post #5 of 17 Old 09-29-2011, 11:45 PM
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OR OR OR! Look into therapeutic riding schools in your area. They are always looking for people to groom horses, muck stalls and act as side walkers. You could get your fill of horses while doing something great for a disabled kid.
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 01:22 AM
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I'm moving & will be losing my riding partners, but I will find new ones & learn how to use that GPS thing if I have to, & I bought a nice BIG trailer a few years ago, & my own Big truck to pull it this Mother's Day, so I'm hoping for the best! Also praying that things will work out well enough so I can really retire & not have to work. My CA house needs to sell for a good price-LOL! Would love to hear from the AZ members!
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
OR OR OR! Look into therapeutic riding schools in your area. They are always looking for people to groom horses, muck stalls and act as side walkers. You could get your fill of horses while doing something great for a disabled kid.
I totally agree with this. I've volunteered with 3 different therapeutic programs over the years, and you'd be amazed at how much they all need dependable adult volunteers to help with all aspects of their programs. Horse experience is a huge bonus, and I agree with Courtney that when we find someone who can properly groom and handle the horses, we are thrilled.

To find out if there is a program in your area, you can go to Find a Center | PATH International

I volunteered in therapeutic riding for about 3 years without riding, but eventually the riding bug hit me hard and now I've been back to riding 3-4 times/week by exercising one of the program's horses. For me, it's a perfect setup- basically, a free lease with the added bonus of getting the horse fit enough and in the right frame of mind to also be used occasionally in therapeutic lessons too.
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 11:11 AM
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A woman who works at the yard where I board my horse used to compete in show jumping but she said a bad fall turned her off from riding for good. However she loves being around horses still and I see her out at hunts frequently. I think horses just have that affect on people - just being around them makes us happy!
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 02:05 PM
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I am a returning-ex-rider (I didn't ride for about 7 years). You never know where life will take you! I have met people who will let experienced riders take their horses out free of charge - no strings attached.

Just to give you hope, my mom is nearly 50 and is just returning to riding after basically 30 years of being financially unable to ride. She is doing better then me! She's a little stiffer afterwards but on the horse she's got real nature skill... I think it takes a LOT of time to take a thing like that away.

I don't want to say it will surely happen for you, but you gotta keep your eyes peeled, maybe even post ads on Craigslist asking to excercise horses? I am currently filling out an application form to voulenteer for Therapeutic Riding for the Disabled (because I can't get enough of horses) and I think it's a great idea, good for the heart, too.

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post #10 of 17 Old 09-30-2011, 02:49 PM
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For the last while I've been drifting in and out of horses. Just hasn't worked out for a while. But even if I don't ride for a years I don't really consider myself and ex-rider. Just like I am on a sabbatical. You never know what the future holds, perhaps one day you'll change your mind.
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