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Hi,

Just wondering if I could get a hand with writing an add. I've decided to see if I could find a horse to start riding because I have pretty much settled in my new town. My idea was to write an add, print it out and put it at my local saddleries. I started writing it but couldn't really figure out how to word it. I know its a bit a silly but I thought I would ask for some help, because I would like to make a good impression. I was thinking something like:

Looking for a horse to ride

I'm a competent rider looking for a horse to ride one or more times a week. I've owned horses before but unfortunately, as I am a student at the uni, I cannot afford to own one right now. I would really appreciate a horse to ride and I'd be happy to help an owner with feeding, rugging etc. when I ride. I would be looking to ride a horse in the general Armidale region, I own a car so a little out of town would be fine. I'm tallish so it would be best if the horse were 15hh or over. I've ridden both trained and untrained horses and am not particular about the sort of horse.

If you are interested please call or email me.

Then I would put my contact details. I'm not sure that it sounds good though. I don't think the "particular about sort of horse" is good but I would like to explain that I would be fine riding trained or untrained horses, young ones or ones really of any discipline. Can anyone give me any hints maybe about adds they have written?

Perhaps some Australian perspective, as riding seems to be treated a bit differently here.

Thanks!
 

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Im in Armidale so ill keep an eye out for anyone wanting horses ridden.
This is really short sorry, ill write a proper reply tomorrow.
 

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I've ridden both trained and untrained horses and am not particular about the sort of horse.
How about "I've ridden a range of horses from green to made and am comfortable on most."
 

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Im in Armidale so ill keep an eye out for anyone wanting horses ridden.
This is really short sorry, ill write a proper reply tomorrow.
Cool you're in Armidale. Are you local or here for uni or something? Any advice you can give me on the Armidale horse scene would be good :) I just came here in February so I don't know that much about the place. :oops:

I never knew how hard it was to sort of "break into" the horse world without sort of growing up in it a bit, and knowing people around and such.
 

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Yeah im local. Going to une next year for crim as well so im going to be stuck here for a while (not a fan of the weather :lol:)

I have to agree with maura on the last line, though im not sure about the word 'made' ive never heard that used. I was thinking maybe 'educated' though thats kinda ambiguous. Depends on the discipline really. An educated hack is really just schooled to novice-ish level, while educated in dressage terms obviously means much higher levels. So im not sure about that one (unless of course you do have experience like that?)

Do you have competition experience? Sometimes people need someone to jump on they're horse for a hack class and things like that. I know someone who rarely rides her horses in shows, though she has a regular rider that hacks for her.

As for the flyer take them to the saddleries like you said, and have a chat to the staff about it. They know gazzillions of people! Appart from Horseland and Burtons theres galatleys (im sure ive spelt that wrong) he makes rugs and stuff.

Theres the feed stores, they take flyers.

NEGS have a pinboard for flyers and things, you could take one there. The instructors might be able to help as well. They're actually looking for a working student at the moment, thats full time though.
Actually, some students leave they're horses there over the school holidays. Someone might be looking for someone to keep they're horse in work while they're gone? Im not sure what the schools policies about that sort of thing is though..

You could contact some of the clubs. They might put your ad in a newsletter or something. Theres the Armidale riding club (mainly do dressage), jump club, theres another one but ive forgotten the name. They do campdrafting, team penning, cutting etc that sort of thing. So they're mainly stock horse/quarter horse kinda people. Theres the new england ASH branch. They email a newsletter every month to members. Ive no idea if there are any other breed associations, im only a member of ash.
Theres a bunch of pony clubs also if you want to try that.

As you said its hard to get into the horse scene and get to know people especially if you dont have a horse!
The Riding club is always looking for volunteers for club days and competitions, for pencilling etc. You could try that, you'd get to meet everyone.
I was at a comp last month and someone was looking for someone to ride a couple of young horses. They'd had a couple of rides but had been turned out and she was a bit nervous about bringing them back into work by herself. A family member of mine snapped that up pretty quick :lol:

As you'd know Armidale isnt a huge place so thats going to work against you, you should be able to find something though..

Anyway I hope this helped a bit. If i think of anything else ill add it. Good luck
 

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Thanks :)

I'll head down to the saddleries and chat to them.

I used to compete a little but I did showjumping not hacking. I'm more into a horse to just do some arena and some trail than competing.

Criminology should be good :) I know some people who are doing it. LS100 (a law unit I think you guys have to do) is a bit of a drag though. I started doing Arts/Law but i'm changing to Arts with a Sociology major, its great fun, you should love uni. Are you staying at home or moving to a college?

Its strange another Armidale person is on this site! Its only a small place. And the weather has been freezing :-x
 

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I'll be living at a college, just have to decide which one! lol. Actually, when should i apply do you know? some people say Jan, others say heaps earlier like september.

Yeah typical Armidale weather. Did you hear about the snow in Guyra last week?
 

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I applied in October/November I think. If its a popular one like Earle Page then you should apply early, because I think you have a better chance of getting your first choice. Applications are already open for 2011.

I stayed at Wright Village, but I would not recommend it. I moved off campus at the end of semester. If you want my advice, people seem most happy at Earle Page I think. Robb, Albies and Mary White, to me, seem the worst. They are very expensive and the people there - well some of them are nice but its all very clique-y and they all seem not to fit in with the uni as well.

I didn't hear about the snow! Its seems to have been a fair bit warmer lately though.

Are you excited about uni?
 

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Yeah, ive seen Mary white, didnt much like that one. And another i think it may have been albies? Im not completely sure, but it was the newest one, but looked like the oldest. It was trashed!

Im thinking maybe Duval? I think i did a tour of Earle page as well and it seemed nice.

Ill probably apply in November. Ill be overseas for a month in sept/oct so i think november would be best so i can save up a bit before i apply. I have to pay the first 6 weeks within a week of being accepted right?

Yeah its great its been warmer, i think its only because of the rain thats coming though
 

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You do have to pay the "deposit" within 7 days of being accepted but you will not receive an accommodation offer until you receive an academic offer. So if you applied with UAC you won't get your academic offer until mid January - and you will get your accommodation offer after that.

Hey, do you know if NEGS is any good for lessons? Are there good horses/instructors there? I was thinking I can't find much to ride so I'll take some lessons meanwhile, and maybe look at leasing in a bit. It'd be almost cheaper having my own horse though, lessons are $65 for 45mins.
 

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oh ok, i recieved an offer last year, but i deferred. So will i recieve another offer in Jan?
Thats alright then, i was thinking i'd have to cough up the $1300 or whatever it is almost as soon as i applied!

As for NEGS, I havnt ridden much with those instructors. I've been told they're good, Sarah's got a dressage book published and Gina almost made it onto the Aussie olympic eventing team at one stage. I did have a couple of group XC lessons with her about 2 years ago. From what i can remember she taught well.
As for the horses, i dont know any of them anymore. When they got the new instructors in they got rid of alot of the schoolies and got new ones (i presume better ones..)
I think they have cheaper lessons if you use one of they're lower level instructors (no idea what they're like..)

I guess the only way to find out is to try it! If i were to start lessons again i'd probably go there. I know what you mean about the price though! I used to get an hour private lesson for $40!
 

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To accept your deferrment did you have to re-apply through UAC? Or re-apply through something? Once you officially "accept" your offer for this year they can offer you accommodation. I know you want to leave it late but you might not get a spot in the more popular colleges and end up somewhere like Robb.

Call up the colleges and get someone to take you on a tour through them all. Get a feel feel for them. If you go during term time you can get a feel for the people who go there as well. Remember that the colleges can be pretty mean at the start of the year. People had to run around ovals at 5am and drink until they throw up, carry around eggs or old toast. Some guy had to carry around a lounge arm for a week. So you want to make sure its worth it - so make sure you pick one you really like.

Is there much agistment in Armidale? I googled it but there wasn't really many agistment centres, except for NEGS and Moolabulla, and I don't know what the second one is. Sorry to ask all these Armidale questions - but you are the only Armidale horse person I know.
 

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I have no idea, was so long ago ive forgotten. I really need to call them and find out hey! haha

I have no idea about any agistment, other than negs. Ive never heard of Moolabulla..
You can lease a paddock here or there sometimes, we always have a couple of horses in paddocks we lease. Im not sure if thats what your looking for though? In the newspapers you can sometimes find ads for paddocks and stuff. But there wouldnt be much around that offer any services/facilities..
 
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