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post #1 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Finding a horseless rider

As strange as this might sound, I enjoy it when other people want to come ride my horse. In a way, I see it as my karmic duty to give all those aspiring crazy horse girls an outlet. I was one of those once, too.

But now, I have a very green horse who becomes a crotch rocket with inconsistent work, and I'm too crippled to ride for long periods of time. Over the past year, my longest ride was about twenty minutes (diagnosed with disease that causes joint swelling and stiffness, compounded with previous horse related injuries) and I always limp afterwards. He needs miles, and I can't give them to him on my own.

I asked the horse people I know if they know anyone in need of more time in the saddle, but there seems to be an abundance of riderless horses rather than horseless riders. There's only one decent trainer in the area that I know of too, but she's usually booked solid and has no reason to come out for little old me with one single worthless backyard pony.

So how exactly do I advertise this when word of mouth has been a bust? All I need is someone who's confident on a forward horse. The only people I've found that are remotely interested in a ride are the people who went on one trail ride 12 years ago and think my horse is going to be just like one of those nose to butt rent-a-nags. I'm not asking money, I'd even pay money to someone with enough experience. But I've been getting nothing!
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 07:07 PM
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post #3 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 07:10 PM
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Are you on facebook? You could look for a horsey group local to your area. You could also try posting a flyer at the local feed store or speaking to any lesson barns in your area.

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post #4 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 07:17 PM
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Are there any large boarding or lesson barns in the area? Instructors may know of a person needing a ride.

Hope you find someone!! It is a great opportunity for the right person
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 07:23 PM
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Agree with the Facebook suggestion- for better or worse, that seems to be where to find horse people these days. I would have begged off FB years ago but pretty much all horse-related resources I use (aside from this Forum) are very active there. Weirdly, when I was looking for a trail-riding buddy, I posted an "in search of" ad on a northeastern-focused endurance FB page (a fairly large geographic area), and that resulted in me meeting a woman who lives literally within riding distance of my house. We just had never met locally before that. Go figure! We now ride together at least once a week, if not more often. At least when we're not covered in snow

If you have a local 4-H club or high school/college riding team, maybe that would be another place to look?
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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I live in south central PA by the MD boarder.

I've tried asking a few of the big lesson barns I know the owners of, and they're usually encouraging the kids to lease one of the lesson ponies there. Doesn't seem like there's any shortage of lesson ponies in need of rides either.
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 07:52 PM
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Are you on facebook? There are Bucks County and Berks County horse groups.. could be there is one for your county also. I have some friends in the York area, so if you are near there I can ask them for additional suggestions.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not on Facebook at the moment, but that seems to be the key ingredient I've been missing.
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 09:16 PM
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Craigs List?

The IEA (can't remember the meaning exactly) . . . that group that gets young folks without their own horse into jumping competitions?

4H ? Ponyclub?

I'm probably not confident enough on such a forward horse, so even if I lived near you I would not be of any help. Sorry.
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-18-2020, 09:26 PM
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If you were just a tad closer, I'd send over all my horsey college friends who always beg to borrow my horse for trail rides! College horsey people are the way to go, often too broke to own their own horse or take lessons but eager to get back on after being without since high school. Also (as my BO always laughs about) "still young and brave enough to not fear falling off a hot green horse" lol.
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