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    12-22-2011, 01:54 AM
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    12-22-2011, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by CherylB    
Hey! Glad you responded back. I'm not far away from you. I live in Terryville. I went to Lee's riding stable (Litchfield) just before Thanksgiving to take a trail ride (pay per hour) and it wet my appetite to find something where I can get more involved with horses.

If you ever want company, let me know!
Lee's is actually a few miles from me. I'm not a fan of them for several reason and I do ride on my own at Topsmead where they ride, and they have been rude to me on several occasions. Each year they either have a horse drown in their pond or fell in something. Last year it was an open well, few years back 7-8 drowned in a pond.

TerryAllen Farm on Allen RD in Terryville is a nice facility and does lessons :)
     
    12-22-2011, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by ThePonyWrangler    
Lee's is actually a few miles from me. I'm not a fan of them for several reason and I do ride on my own at Topsmead where they ride, and they have been rude to me on several occasions. Each year they either have a horse drown in their pond or fell in something. Last year it was an open well, few years back 7-8 drowned in a pond.

TerryAllen Farm on Allen RD in Terryville is a nice facility and does lessons :)
You're kidding! That's terrible! How do they manage to stay open? I liked the barn a lot and got a good feeling from the people, but when I saw the massive horse they chose for me to ride, I knew it was overkill. He would have been able to handle me 70 lbs ago. That was strike 1. Then when I saw that 15 minutes of the 60 minute ride was walking along the roads in a rutted path, then leading to what looked like a dry river bed that went up hill (rocks just the right size to get jammed in their hooves,) and then strike 3 was no anything but walking them.

That's when I decided that I needed to seek something better. I heard of the Terryville place but when I have been on their website, it doesn't seem like they offer trail riding per hour. I would have gone there if I had known they did riding. Maybe I'll go check them out. I can't afford lessons right now, and the therapeutic riding stable offers very inexpensive lessons for volunteers. I'll be giving them my money!
     
    12-22-2011, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by CherylB    
You're kidding! That's terrible! How do they manage to stay open? I liked the barn a lot and got a good feeling from the people, but when I saw the massive horse they chose for me to ride, I knew it was overkill. He would have been able to handle me 70 lbs ago. That was strike 1. Then when I saw that 15 minutes of the 60 minute ride was walking along the roads in a rutted path, then leading to what looked like a dry river bed that went up hill (rocks just the right size to get jammed in their hooves,) and then strike 3 was no anything but walking them.

That's when I decided that I needed to seek something better. I heard of the Terryville place but when I have been on their website, it doesn't seem like they offer trail riding per hour. I would have gone there if I had known they did riding. Maybe I'll go check them out. I can't afford lessons right now, and the therapeutic riding stable offers very inexpensive lessons for volunteers. I'll be giving them my money!
Let me guess, the massive horse was a paint named George . Way back a few years ago, I went on a trail ride there, and that horse scared me and didn't listen. That's when you get when you have a horse just follow the other.

When I ride up there, at Topsmead, I go much faster a walk ;) Theres some nice fields up there, and I let my horse up and we canter along. I've been up that hill(the rocky one) since the other way to get in by horseback is washed out, and its not terribly bad, my barefoot guy can handle it, who I don't ride often.

If go with the right people and to the right spot, that place is lovely, I've taken so many nice pictures, and there is a gorgeous english tudor home up there, the state owns everything now, but it was owned by Ms. Brass I believe.

B & R Stables in Prospect is a decent outfit. Many times when I was younger, I went there, Patty is super nice, and will let you pick your mount. Its not walking along, Walk Trot Canter, woods, fields, no roads. And its $35 an hour, I believe she goes to Florida for the winter but don't quote me.

TerryAllen doesn't do trail rides, but their lessons are reasonable and its worth taking a lesson here and there. If your bitten by the horse bug, also volunteer at rescues, Scarlet Rose Farm Equine Rescue is great and Kate does a lot with everything and loves volunteers and is in Washington.

Right now I am looking into purchasing a cow/trail horse that's sane and calm. I'm super excited to try him out, right now I'm selling my tack like a nut, to get some money together. I plan on selling the pony who is to small for me in the spring, but right now he's out on free lease.

Happy Holidays!
     
    12-23-2011, 06:36 AM
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Nope. The big boy they put me on was named Merc (after a Farrier that they had who died.) I knew about B & R (auto correct keeps changing the "are" to are.) stables but they had closed for the season already and weren't opening back up until MAY. They now charge $40/hour, like Lee's. Lee's charges $42/hour for lessons, which includes a $2 helmet rental fee.

I hope you are able to get your new trail horse! Merc was a definite follower too. It was only the employee and I because a few people cancelled out. But it was pretty cold and she had to keep turning her head to shout something back to me. We tried to carry on a conversation that way until I asked if I could ride along side her. Merc would only allow this a couple of times. He tended to want to walk faster than her horse and she kept telling me, "Hold him back." Well, he got tired of that and went right back to being connected at the nose to her horse's tail.

I will look into the equine rescue place, too. But for right now, I'm going to focus mainly on the therapeutic riding place. Better to get comfortable and familiar at one facility and see where it will take me before I start to branch out into another.

Merry Christmas to you, too! It's almost here.
     
    12-26-2011, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CherylB    
Nope. The big boy they put me on was named Merc (after a Farrier that they had who died.) I knew about B & R (auto correct keeps changing the "are" to are.) stables but they had closed for the season already and weren't opening back up until MAY. They now charge $40/hour, like Lee's. Lee's charges $42/hour for lessons, which includes a $2 helmet rental fee.

I hope you are able to get your new trail horse! Merc was a definite follower too. It was only the employee and I because a few people cancelled out. But it was pretty cold and she had to keep turning her head to shout something back to me. We tried to carry on a conversation that way until I asked if I could ride along side her. Merc would only allow this a couple of times. He tended to want to walk faster than her horse and she kept telling me, "Hold him back." Well, he got tired of that and went right back to being connected at the nose to her horse's tail.

I will look into the equine rescue place, too. But for right now, I'm going to focus mainly on the therapeutic riding place. Better to get comfortable and familiar at one facility and see where it will take me before I start to branch out into another.

Merry Christmas to you, too! It's almost here.
Hi again,
I hope volunteering works out for you, like I've said I've never like Lee's and I stay far away from them.

I did buy a new horse, and actually my first normal sized horse . He's a good old boy, trail and cow horse deluxe, he's older, and I will get many good years out of him.
     
    12-27-2011, 12:01 PM
  #17
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I hope you do! What is his name? Do you have a picture to share?
     
    12-27-2011, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by CherylB    
I hope you do! What is his name? Do you have a picture to share?
His name is Cash, he's a 17 year old QH gelding, has done trail riding and cow work. His new paddock is done, and he's coming home Thursday. Hasn't been ridden in about a year, and he needs a tune up on his riding skills, so I'm hoping I can find a trainer that will allow me to haul in and take lessons on him.

Of course a picture :)
     
    12-27-2011, 05:49 PM
  #19
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What a cute boy
     
    12-27-2011, 09:10 PM
  #20
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He's a pretty boy! I hope Cash and you are a good fit. I hope he gets accustomed to being ridden and handled again. It must be a challenge after a year of "neglect." (Not sure if he was neglected or not.)

I had my first barn duty (on the job training to the max) and it rained the entire 3 hours. What a way to get my feet wet! ;) I'll never forget my first day there. I hope it's a rare event to be outside and working with the horses (and goats) on a really rainy day like today. I only signed up for two days a week so we'll see how the weather gods treat me. So far, the worst weather in the forecast are on my two days! LMAO
     

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