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        02-28-2011, 03:13 PM
    Hello everyone- intro and question

    I have beem a member here for some time, even before I bought my paint. I will do a quick intro and then move on to asking you all for some advice..

    My name is Rachel, and I'm 25. I have loved horses all my life, rode when I was younger, stopped for 10 years and here I am, back where I belong. I bought my horse Cooper... wow, a year ago. I didnt even realize. We just moved from FL to NC onto our own farm, so he is at home now and its been great having him here.

    I do find my motivation has diminished. I care for him morning and night so its almost like "Oh, he's right there out the window" and that's good enough for me. As opposed to "I am headed out to the barn to ride today" So he's getting ridden every 3 weeks or so. And he's not that kind of horse, he needs more routine.

    So here is my question: Where can I look to find a riding buddy? I live on a secluded 19 acres, off a somewhat busy highway. I tried riding alone but my horse is buddy sour since there is only 1 other horse on the propoerty and it makes for a fearful ride.
    I live in Waxhaw, NC and I tried searching google but I can find anything! Any suggestions? I'm thinking of posting something at the feed store since its close by. I just want to begin riding more again but when I'm in the pasture, cooper stands at the gate. When I go out of the gate, he only goes about 200 feet before he realizes his best friend isnt next to him and around in circles we go.
    I used to push him forward with my leg, but he reared up on me one time, and that was it for me. He is so good when ridden regularly, and a fantastic trail horse. I just need to find someone to ride with to help me get a little more motivated.
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        02-28-2011, 04:34 PM
    Welcome to the forum!

    The feed store and any local tack shops or TSC are good places to start!
        02-28-2011, 04:42 PM
    Anywhere there is a good horsey crowd. Make some flyers and tack them up everywhere. Put them up on local grocery stores, tack shops and any close by barns. Even random places like the library. Put up ads on the internet as well if you feel comfertable.
        03-01-2011, 12:02 AM
    Is ponying the buddy an option until you find some riding company?
    At least then you would be getting in a bit more riding...

        03-02-2011, 09:57 PM
    @ Spirited - that's exactly what I was going to suggest!

    @ Rachel - shame you aren't here in Indiana or we aren't there with you in NC because I, too, need a riding buddy... and in such a similar situation ALL around!!

    I would also suggest keeping him and his buddy separate for maybe 30 min-1 hr before you go riding? Maybe put him in the barn or in a different pasture, round pen or arena? (Not sure what you have). Or, just put the buddy in the barn instead - just for a bit and maybe ride him down the road/up in the woods, whichever for a few minutes and when you get back, still keep them separate so Cooper doesn't equate coming back to the barn/pasture with seeing his buddy. JMO - I treat horses alot like I treat dogs and so far, it's worked.

        03-16-2011, 02:39 PM
    I normally lunge him before I ride anyways, so they are separate. The other gelding is normally pacing the fence but whatever, Cooper doesnt seem bothered by it. Its when they cannot see eachother he just becomes looney. I don't want to pony the other horse because a)he barely leads well to go into the barn. B) he isnt mine, in case he got loose, i'd feel really bad.
    He has this bad habit (probably from prior abuse) of yanking his head up if he pull on his halter. Even if the halter is pulling on him from the lead rope. Too risky.

    I need a riding buddy!!
        03-17-2011, 03:58 PM
    I would ask someone in the area that you know well or can really trust to recommend someone. Maybe even meet some people through a horse clinic. There are usually Purina clinics or health clinics put on by places like Tractor Supply or even your feed store. My little local feed store has been invaluable to me with advice, and meeting others just like this. Good Luck!!
        03-18-2011, 02:09 AM
    PURINA clinics? Seriously? Where I grew up, there was a Purina plant when I was younger and the running joke was if a horse was acting up, it was going to go there to be glue or dog food. And now, they sponser shows and clinics????? Ironic.

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