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post #1 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Smile New in US

Hey everyone!

I just moved few months ago in California, joining my husband in the US... And my horse moved too, few weeks ago, from France!

So... I am a little bit lost in the "horse-related" things in here. My English is not that good, by the way, maybe that's why I don't understand everything about what we are allowed to do with horses, and what we can't.

I have my horse, a 11-years-old grey gelding, since 9 years now and had my own horse since I was 12 (I am 25). We are used to long hikes, I am not a competitor at all (I really don't like competitions).

I wonder what I can do nearby the horse-boarding where my horse is. There is a huge recreational park open to horse-riders 1mi away, I already went there (and it is really huge, we didn't explore a quarter of the park I think).
And I am also wondering if some people would be interested in hikes, where I could find a "partner" or something like this.
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 04:42 PM
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Welcome to forum and to the United States! I understand some French, if that would help you any.
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post #3 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 05:11 PM
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Welcome!! What area of CA are you in?

One place to start off is looking for a local ETI (Equestrian Trails, inc.) corral that may be near you. ETI host LOTS of rides, shows, some trail trials through their various corrals and will have people ready, willing and able to ride with you or direct you to local events.

Also, at your local tack store, they should free magazines you can pick up that have events all over CA. The magazines are Horse Trader, Horsemen's News, Riding, West Coast Horsemen, & Pacific Coast Journal (focus is on QHs but has open show information). Your local tack store may also have local events on their bulletin board (most tack stores have an area for people to post for sale items and upcoming events).
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to both of you! :)

@kewpalace , I will have a look on the website and magazines you talk about, thanks for that!
My horse is boarded in the East SF Bay, near Pleasanton. I didn't go to a tack store here yet, because I have my own stuff which took the plane with the horse, but I have to figure it out if I need something!
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post #5 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 05:35 PM
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You don't have to really "need" something at the tack store since they are familiar with many of us who browse and dream of what is available. Take time to go to a few and meet the employees and other shoppers who may be interested in riding with you. Just for your information what you are calling "hike" is referred to as "trail riding" in America.


Welcome to our country and I hope you enjoy living here. Just remember that there is lots of fun things to do here and we're a big country with a very diverse history, climate, and geography.
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post #6 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 05:51 PM
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Welcome to the States!

A good way to meet like-minded people and learn about the trails in your area is to join a local trail riding club. Maybe the closest one to you is the Tri Valley Trailblazers --
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As far as ETI goes, looking at the "corrals" (local groups) it looks like only one is in the Bay Area -- corral 3 in Walnut Creek. All the rest are in Southern California, which I may as well tell you, we Bay Area residents consider to be an entirely different state.

You'll find that most tack and supplies are now bought online; the web stores have driven most tack shops out of business. Although there are a few still around.
There are a lot of riders in your area, and some of the most beautiful trails. However we are headed into the hottest, driest part of the year, which won't let up until the rains start usually near the end of September or early October. It gets better!

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post #7 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 09:19 PM
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kewpalace, I will have a look on the website and magazines you talk about, thanks for that! My horse is boarded in the East SF Bay, near Pleasanton. I didn't go to a tack store here yet, because I have my own stuff which took the plane with the horse, but I have to figure it out if I need something!
My bad ... I used "tack store" when I really meant feed store. Sorry about that! The local feed store will have the magazines - and all sorts of horse related care items - and usually has a bulletin board with local postings. There's lots of places to get local info; you just have to be creative to find them!
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post #8 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 09:25 PM
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Bienvenue aux Etats Unis!

Welcome to the US of A!

Things will become clearer in time. Don't let your worry about your English be a concern. I am sure you speak English with the most charming of French accents. Americans LOVE the French people! We are children of "Liberty , equality and brotherhood. "
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post #9 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thank you for the correction about "trail riding", Prairie :)
Oh, I truly believe that there is lots of thing to do here, I am used to France which is... hum, even smaller than California!

@Avna , actually I didn't understand what are these "corrals" exactly. And Walnut Creek is really far from me, by the way (yes, I know, maybe I have to reset my distance measures, here everything is so huge/far away for me!).
Currently, I really enjoy the dry/hot weather (Both my horse and I don't really like cold and rain).
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post #10 of 24 Old 08-01-2016, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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@kewpalace : Oh, okay ! By the way, I feel I have to get used to make a lot of miles to find anything here. In France it was something like less than 15 km away (around 10mi I guess).

@tinyliny , you are totally right... I have a 'lovely' ( I would more say "terrible" :P ) French accent x)
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