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post #1 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else out there that have horses but don't ride them?

I've recently been getting depressed about the situation with my horses at home. I used to ride everyday...but now, I don't ride at all. I feel like I'm the only person that has horses but doesn't ride them. I groom them, take care of them, play with them etc. but I just don't ride anymore. And its not that I don't want to ride....its just that I can't. They live on our property and there's basically no where safe to ride. I can't ride in the pastures...b/c its just to muddy, hilly and they'd end up getting lame. There is no where else fenced in to ride....and the trails behind the barn that I used to ride in every day....are owned by someone else now, who won't let me ride. Two of the horses are ridable and one mare is not b/c of a previous injury. However their all very healthy, loved and happy. So I guess this is kind of a vent, and also just wondering, is there anyone else who doesn't ride but owns horses?

I've also been thinking of other things I could do with them. I thought about (since I LOVE working with kids)....maybe doing some kind of "lessons" but for free....groundwork/grooming...maybe for kids with disabilites. I don't know....its just an idea, something I would like to do in the future.
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 03:02 PM
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The majority of the horses where I board are not ridden. The horses are all healthy and happy, they do not need to be ridden.

Can you maybe get some kind of footing down in an area so that would allow you to ride without the mud and dangers?
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 03:08 PM
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horses can be rode in mud and hills,
But I live in similar situation, locked in by a highway no where safe to ride, so I bought a horse trailer. Get online and start looking for trail ride clubs, stateparks, national parks and find places to ride.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 03:11 PM
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About 1/2 to 3/4 of the horses where I board are rarely to never ridden - and they're all sound for riding.

A trailer or making friends with people who have trailers would help. You could chip in for gas and wear/tear. See if there's a saddle club around you.

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 03:27 PM
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I have a friend that really isn't interested in riding at all. She has had horses all of her life, but she just prefers brushing and loving on them from the ground rather than riding. As long as the horses are well kept, I don't really think that riding is necessary.

Maybe you could post an ad in the newspaper or craigslist looking for a riding buddy with a trailer? Maybe offer to pitch in with gas money sometimes. May as well try. You won't get anything if you never ask. :)
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 04:05 PM
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Were I had Romeo this winter/summer like 1/2 of the horses were not ridden either. They were all sound also. Horses are here to enjoy, and they can be enjoyed many different ways whether it be riding, grooming, or just looking at them :)
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 10:35 PM
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I don't think many ride every single day. However, I ride often and on some days I ride for only 30 -40 minutes - especially when a horse is a youngster or I know bad weather is coming. Mud won't hurt a horse, its just messy.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 10:55 PM
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Essentially, yes. I don't have a car and my horse isn't accessible without one. Frustrates me no end, but last week I hopped on him after months of being a paddock ornament and he remembered all the good stuff I taught him, which was a relief! He wasn't hot either, just really nice and enthusiastic, and more responsive than he'd been in the past. Perhaps a bit stiff with lateral bending but even that improved as he warmed up.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 11:12 PM
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I have owned horses for 20 years and had taken about 4 years off from riding until recently.

Two of my geldings are retired and luce at my parents' place. I finally decided I missed riding enough to take lessons. Then I bought a new horse and will be working on training him soon. I'm boarding him at a barn with an indoor arena.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-07-2012, 11:41 PM
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I haven't ridden much in the last five years. four years ago we brought them home with us and I love having them here! It is alot of work but I get just as much enjoyment from them everytime I am greeted with a whinny when I open the back door!
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