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    02-02-2013, 12:16 AM
I'm here in Stafford, VA. Since my wife isn't much into long trails, and I'm always looking for another place to ride, maybe we can work something out. I am hoping to do some riding in the Rapidan and the Shenandoah NP this spring, as soon as I finish remodeling my master bathroom Maybe even an overnighter or two. I retired last year, so once I get the bathroom done, my schedule will be pretty flexible. I have a trailer. Hit me on a PM. We'll see what we can do.

Not sure if my QH can keep up with a Walker or a Paso, but I've been trying to teach her to walk faster. Maybe it will help.
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    02-02-2013, 11:35 AM
Thenrie, Howdy I have been in and around Stafford Va. Many times over the years. I would enjoy meeting you and maybe doing some riding together. I got my bath redone back last fall.New vanity and top,and paint on the walls.
My wife is not into the horsey thing and thinks I have rocks in my head just thinking about getting a horse.We married 29 year ago and in order to make a living I went on the road as a truck driver. Due to the fact I was not home as much as I needed to be I sold my horses.
In may of 2011, I ended up in the hospital for a month and have not been able to return to work. I don't wish to spend the rest of my life sitting around waiting to die. I have missed out on a lot of living spending 24 hours a day in the cab of a truck.Now that you know my life story I'm sure you probably ready to run the other way.
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    02-02-2013, 04:01 PM
Not hardly. Your story is not a lot different from mine. Been married to the same girl 31 years. Spent my career moving around as a govt employee. Had one horse for about 5 years in all that time, although I had the use of my father's horses whenever I was in Arizona. Bought a horse for my youngest daughter two years ago, hoping the "horse thing" would take hold, but it didn't. She enjoys riding, just like my wife, but the passion isn't there, no interest in all that goes with horse ownership, so the horse turned out to be mine. Retired last year and told my wife, "I'm going riding!" She said, "Finish my house first!"

You see, that's how we've stayed married so long. I make all the BIG decisions, like how to cure world hunger, who should be president, whether or not climate change is really happening, etc. She handles all the smaller matters, like where we are going to live, How we spend our money, what house to buy, what parts need remodeling, and when I get to ride. Mundane stuff like that. Works out pretty good.

The bathroom is the last major project. Complete remodel, new tile shower stall, new tile floor, new bathtub, cabinetry, everything. I'm about 1/2 done.

Then, I get to go riding! Maybe another month.
    02-02-2013, 05:14 PM
I'm still chuckling over the Mundane stuff you push off on your poor wife.We tell everyone we have stayed together so long because we never seen each other very much. Now we just don't know any other way ha ha.
Have you ever been to Big South Fork riding? It's about 25 or 30 miles south of me on the Ky.&Tn. Border. I here that it's some of the best trails east of the Mississippi River. But as you may have heard "They say & I heard are two of the biggest liars around" LOL. At any rate you might enjoy looking it up.
I live in Somerset Ky. Right beside Lake Cumberland 1200 miles of shore line it's a big lake.Also down close to Big South Fork is Cumberland falls. I'm also only about two hours away from the Smokies.I really enjoy this part of the country,and I have seen it all.
    02-02-2013, 07:59 PM
You're pretty much a day's drive from me. I spent a lot of time in the Smokies as a boy, but just camping with my family. I would certainly like to see all that country down there from the back of a horse before I leave the area. I won't be available for just getting together for an afternoon's ride, but maybe we can plan something for this spring for a little bit of a trip. I'm going to start looking at my calendar.
    02-02-2013, 08:02 PM
That sounds great. Do you have a spare horse?
    02-02-2013, 08:08 PM
Not yet, but I'm shopping for a mule or horse to double as a saddle and pack animal. I may have one in another month.

I just figured out that I got my threads crossed. I was thinking you were the poster from Culpepper, VA who was looking for a riding partner. When you said you were in KY, that threw me. That's why some things I posted probably made you wonder.

Doesn't change anything, though. I would definitely like to get together and go ride the places you referred to. I've been hoping to find someone who knew the area a bit down that way.
    02-02-2013, 08:15 PM
I was thinking if you had a spare I would not have to haul one up there and a weekend trip or for that matter mid week trip would be. I to am looking but not really ready to buy just yet.I want to see if I can still do this for one thing.
Plus I have to get some fences up and some water put in I hoping maybe by summer.
    02-02-2013, 08:44 PM
Oh! I got ya. Yes, I have a second horse available. Just right for you. He's 21, but looks and acts like he's 15 or so. He's a good horse. I enjoy riding him myself. The folks who own him allow me to keep my horse in their pasture in exchange for exercising and taking care of him. They allow me full use of him.

Yeah. Give me another week and I'll be able to break loose for a day or so and go riding. There are some trails not too far from here that would be good for getting reacquainted with horses. Just let me know when you'll be up in this area and we'll get together.

I'm assuming you ride western. The horse I'm talking about does either, but I know pretty much ZIP about English riding, so I would be no help to you. I can pretty much get you started and teach you basic horse care, feeding, and western riding if you need that.

Hit me on email at tthenrie@yahoo.com and we'll talk further.

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