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travlingypsy 02-11-2009 02:45 PM

Ideas to start a riding group for the "younger" people
 
In my area there is the Backwoodsman riding group (some thing like that )and its a bunch of old ladies who go on trail rides in the summer. But they dont know how to ride and cant control their horses.

I know their are kids around my age (20) who ride in my area or at least have horses. I also know that their are other barns in my small town. Its just like everyone is in their tiny groups or keep to them selves and you never hear about horses or barns.

Well at my barn theirs really just one other girl (16) who rides when shes not doing sports, otherwise we never ever see her unless shes bringing people to the barn to show off her poor depressed dirty horse.... ANYWAYS (strong feelings about that) ^_^

I want to RIDE with people and not a bunch of 50+ year olds, I just dont think I would fit into that group ;) so how do I start to bring everyone together. My barn is starting a 4-h group but its with young kids...
Any ideas?

satrider 02-11-2009 05:39 PM

you will be that age one of these days, lol. But I hope you'llfind a younger group to ride with

Walkamile 02-11-2009 05:41 PM

Hmmm......Being "an old lady" I almost don't want to help you, however I am "wise" enough to know that someday that remark will come back and bite you in the _____! :shock::lol:

Do up some flyers, specify looking for 20 somethings to ride with ect...
post at country stores , tack shops, feed stores, ect... in the area you're in and surrounding areas.

You could also post an ad in a local paper. Also there may already be a group, check at the tack shop, they're a wealth of info.

Just to let you know, this old lady rides with all ages all the way down to young teens and judging by the laughter and smiles, I'd say we're all having fun.

Good luck.

Vidaloco 02-11-2009 06:03 PM

I'm one of those 50 somethings too but I'll throw in my 2 :wink:
If there is a college in your area you could either post some flyers or place an ad in the college paper. Same at the high school level if you are interested in that age group. A fellow old lady friend of mine teaches an equine class at the local community college and always has 10-12 students every term so I know they are out there. I think its a great idea if you can get a group together, you'll enjoy them for years to come.

travlingypsy 02-11-2009 09:20 PM

CALM DOWN LADIES! lol, ok thats not how I ment it... I get along just fine with the girls at my barn. I love riding with them but they can never get out to the barn to ride. And this group the uh backhills somethin somethin only let "old ladies" in they dont let "younger" people in and then they are so crazy about their group they have trouble keeping people in.
I have no problems riding with different age groups, but i am kinda in that spot where tweens and some teens can get on my nerves but then I just dont have a lot to talk about with the "older" girls because their all like "MY husband" or "I need surgery AGAIN" " Im having another grand baby!" I just dont fit in...

lol I will print flyers, Ive only got like three stores and the schools to place them. Theres no tack shop :(

satrider 02-12-2009 03:43 PM

OK, you are forgiven, I can imagine that there may not be a lot in common w. the 'older' ladies. But on the other hand, we know what we are talking about, lol. Good Luck finding a group to ride with. I have no one to ride w. so I know how you feel.

travlingypsy 02-12-2009 04:01 PM

lol, thank you! Doesnt it suck when your just riding by your self, I mean sometimes riding alone is awsome cause well when im with Gypsy I love to go on top of the galloping hill because its got such a great veiw. And its like once we get up there and turn around we both just get that "aaahhhhhhh" a sigh of peace.

Well shes more likely thinking "dang now we got to go back down!"

horsegirl123 02-12-2009 04:42 PM

I think that you should maybe say that you want to start a riding group for people from whatever age to whatever age in the newspaper.

PoohLP 02-12-2009 07:55 PM

Maybe try making a group on Meetup.com? Or make a group on Facebook and send it out to your horsey friends, then organize a ride?

As an organizer for a young professionals group, I am constantly astounded by the number of people you can find on Facebook to do any given thing.

travlingypsy 02-12-2009 10:39 PM

Huh, ive never heard of meetup.com but I do have a myspace page, I will try there.


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