How to write a "wanting to ride" add (in Australia)

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    07-05-2010, 07:53 AM
Green Broke
How to write a "wanting to ride" add (in Australia)


Just wondering if I could get a hand with writing an add. I've decided to see if I could find a horse to start riding because I have pretty much settled in my new town. My idea was to write an add, print it out and put it at my local saddleries. I started writing it but couldn't really figure out how to word it. I know its a bit a silly but I thought I would ask for some help, because I would like to make a good impression. I was thinking something like:

Looking for a horse to ride

I'm a competent rider looking for a horse to ride one or more times a week. I've owned horses before but unfortunately, as I am a student at the uni, I cannot afford to own one right now. I would really appreciate a horse to ride and I'd be happy to help an owner with feeding, rugging etc. when I ride. I would be looking to ride a horse in the general Armidale region, I own a car so a little out of town would be fine. I'm tallish so it would be best if the horse were 15hh or over. I've ridden both trained and untrained horses and am not particular about the sort of horse.

If you are interested please call or email me.

Then I would put my contact details. I'm not sure that it sounds good though. I don't think the "particular about sort of horse" is good but I would like to explain that I would be fine riding trained or untrained horses, young ones or ones really of any discipline. Can anyone give me any hints maybe about adds they have written?

Perhaps some Australian perspective, as riding seems to be treated a bit differently here.

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    07-05-2010, 08:30 AM
Im in Armidale so ill keep an eye out for anyone wanting horses ridden.
This is really short sorry, ill write a proper reply tomorrow.
    07-05-2010, 11:49 AM
I've ridden both trained and untrained horses and am not particular about the sort of horse.
How about "I've ridden a range of horses from green to made and am comfortable on most."
    07-05-2010, 12:09 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by ThatNinjaHorse    
Im in Armidale so ill keep an eye out for anyone wanting horses ridden.
This is really short sorry, ill write a proper reply tomorrow.
Cool you're in Armidale. Are you local or here for uni or something? Any advice you can give me on the Armidale horse scene would be good :) I just came here in February so I don't know that much about the place.

I never knew how hard it was to sort of "break into" the horse world without sort of growing up in it a bit, and knowing people around and such.
    07-05-2010, 08:49 PM
Yeah im local. Going to une next year for crim as well so im going to be stuck here for a while (not a fan of the weather )

I have to agree with maura on the last line, though im not sure about the word 'made' I've never heard that used. I was thinking maybe 'educated' though that's kinda ambiguous. Depends on the discipline really. An educated hack is really just schooled to novice-ish level, while educated in dressage terms obviously means much higher levels. So im not sure about that one (unless of course you do have experience like that?)

Do you have competition experience? Sometimes people need someone to jump on they're horse for a hack class and things like that. I know someone who rarely rides her horses in shows, though she has a regular rider that hacks for her.

As for the flyer take them to the saddleries like you said, and have a chat to the staff about it. They know gazzillions of people! Appart from Horseland and Burtons theres galatleys (im sure I've spelt that wrong) he makes rugs and stuff.

Theres the feed stores, they take flyers.

NEGS have a pinboard for flyers and things, you could take one there. The instructors might be able to help as well. They're actually looking for a working student at the moment, that's full time though.
Actually, some students leave they're horses there over the school holidays. Someone might be looking for someone to keep they're horse in work while they're gone? Im not sure what the schools policies about that sort of thing is though..

You could contact some of the clubs. They might put your ad in a newsletter or something. Theres the Armidale riding club (mainly do dressage), jump club, theres another one but I've forgotten the name. They do campdrafting, team penning, cutting etc that sort of thing. So they're mainly stock horse/quarter horse kinda people. Theres the new england ASH branch. They email a newsletter every month to members. I've no idea if there are any other breed associations, im only a member of ash.
Theres a bunch of pony clubs also if you want to try that.

As you said its hard to get into the horse scene and get to know people especially if you don't have a horse!
The Riding club is always looking for volunteers for club days and competitions, for pencilling etc. You could try that, you'd get to meet everyone.
I was at a comp last month and someone was looking for someone to ride a couple of young horses. They'd had a couple of rides but had been turned out and she was a bit nervous about bringing them back into work by herself. A family member of mine snapped that up pretty quick

As you'd know Armidale isnt a huge place so that's going to work against you, you should be able to find something though..

Anyway I hope this helped a bit. If I think of anything else ill add it. Good luck
    07-05-2010, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
Thanks :)

I'll head down to the saddleries and chat to them.

I used to compete a little but I did showjumping not hacking. I'm more into a horse to just do some arena and some trail than competing.

Criminology should be good :) I know some people who are doing it. LS100 (a law unit I think you guys have to do) is a bit of a drag though. I started doing Arts/Law but i'm changing to Arts with a Sociology major, its great fun, you should love uni. Are you staying at home or moving to a college?

Its strange another Armidale person is on this site! Its only a small place. And the weather has been freezing
    07-08-2010, 02:21 AM
I'll be living at a college, just have to decide which one! Lol. Actually, when should I apply do you know? Some people say Jan, others say heaps earlier like september.

Yeah typical Armidale weather. Did you hear about the snow in Guyra last week?
    07-08-2010, 03:19 AM
Green Broke
I applied in October/November I think. If its a popular one like Earle Page then you should apply early, because I think you have a better chance of getting your first choice. Applications are already open for 2011.

I stayed at Wright Village, but I would not recommend it. I moved off campus at the end of semester. If you want my advice, people seem most happy at Earle Page I think. Robb, Albies and Mary White, to me, seem the worst. They are very expensive and the people there - well some of them are nice but its all very clique-y and they all seem not to fit in with the uni as well.

I didn't hear about the snow! Its seems to have been a fair bit warmer lately though.

Are you excited about uni?
    07-11-2010, 12:41 AM
Yeah, I've seen Mary white, didnt much like that one. And another I think it may have been albies? Im not completely sure, but it was the newest one, but looked like the oldest. It was trashed!

Im thinking maybe Duval? I think I did a tour of Earle page as well and it seemed nice.

Ill probably apply in November. Ill be overseas for a month in sept/oct so I think november would be best so I can save up a bit before I apply. I have to pay the first 6 weeks within a week of being accepted right?

Yeah its great its been warmer, I think its only because of the rain that's coming though
    07-11-2010, 01:02 AM
Green Broke
You do have to pay the "deposit" within 7 days of being accepted but you will not receive an accommodation offer until you receive an academic offer. So if you applied with UAC you won't get your academic offer until mid January - and you will get your accommodation offer after that.

Hey, do you know if NEGS is any good for lessons? Are there good horses/instructors there? I was thinking I can't find much to ride so I'll take some lessons meanwhile, and maybe look at leasing in a bit. It'd be almost cheaper having my own horse though, lessons are $65 for 45mins.

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