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.