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post #1 of 5 Old 12-22-2018, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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ISO kid-friendly barn near Portland, OR

So, I'm looking to get my nephew a gift certificate/voucher for a trial or a few lessons - he's an active, animal-loving kiddo, pretty decent attention span for his age (he'll be six in February). Not looking for anything fancy - more a new experience, just very basic, maybe he gets a kick out of it sort of thing. Anyway, the fam lives in Portland, Oregon, so looking for a kid-friendly, fairly laid-back (not pushing competition), good-for-a-first-timer sort of place, no specific discipline just some good basics.

Yes, I could google, but there's also actual humans here who may have had experience with barns and can give me the inside scoop. ;)

(Note: picking an activity that, if he likes it, could potentially be expensive may or may not be retaliation for my brother being incredibly vague on what sort of things to get the kids.)
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-22-2018, 01:45 PM
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You might try an ad on Craig's List for the Portland area. But be somewhat specific about the area. The Portland area covers a lot of territory and the parent may not wish to haul the kiddo from one side of town to the other...through traffic...which is awful.
Best wishes and Merry Christmas. I hope you find what you are looking for.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-22-2018, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Oof, I forgot, yes, Portland is a different geographic ballgame from Boston.

They're in SW Portland, if that helps anybody.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-22-2018, 05:23 PM
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You'll want to ask about insurance coverage as some trail riding places will not allow under certain ages to ride without someone in the saddle with them. Lesson barns may not take riders under a certain age either. The cut off here was 7. Hoping you find something!
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-22-2018, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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The age cutoffs here are pretty variable. Technically my barn won't take anyone under 13 on a trail ride, but we've ponied a 9 year old, and Friday my instructor and rode with one of her students, also 9. There's other places that will take as young as six on the trail. Some barns do lessons starting at 4, which I think is a little ridiculous, but I feel that way about most organized lessons. (I always thought the hockey programs should start at 6 and no younger - my litter kiddos honestly never got much more out of it than they could've gotten with a bucket of pucks and casual supervision.) I figured though there might be someone on here who can at least tell me "avoid [x] barns".
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