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Update to Forum Rules: Criminal Allegations

In our continuing effort to provide an avenue for individuals to voice their opinions and experiences, we have recently reviewed and updated our forum policies. Generally, we have allowed users to share their positive or negative experiences with or opinions of companies, products, trainers, etc. within the industry, and that is not changing.

When it came to overt criminal allegations, however, those discussions have in the past needed to stem from a report by a reputable news source or action by law enforcement or the legal system.

We are now expanding our policies to allow posters to share their own first-hand experiences involving overt criminal allegations, such as animal abuse or neglect, theft, etc., but only if they publicly provide their full first and last name along with the post. We still will not allow anonymous postings alleging criminal activity.

So, a user may now make a specific claim against a named individual or company, but it must be a FIRST-HAND account, and they have to IDENTIFY THEMSELVES. Users have always been legally responsible for their posts, and nothing has changed there, but we want to loosen the reins a bit and further allow the free flow of discussion and information relevant to the horse community.

We are not providing a free-for-all of anonymous rumor-mongering. As enduring advocates for the welfare of the horse, we want to provide a forum for those willing to sign their name and shine a light on issues of concern to them in the industry.

The full revised rules are posted at the top of each forum for reference.
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Forum rules and no-advertising policy

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(Revised 5/9/18)
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Riderless Horses and Horseless Riders--matchmaking service!

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  • Holsteiner mare for 2 x week lease in Monroe, WA. 16.3hh Was a jumper, now only doing flat work. Confirmed 2nd level with solid changes. Kind and easy to ride, but big girl with huge gaits, probably not for the timid. PM me for details.


    • (Sort of) Riderless horse NW of Boston - 18-year-old Appendix paint gelding looking for someone to come and spend time with him a few days a week as I prepare for grad school in the fall. I'd love to find someone who I can help get to know him this summer and then "take over" his ride time in the fall when I start school. He is a sweet, quiet, and sensible guy who is an an uncomplicated fairly straightforward ride who can take lots of jokes. He's not spooky, great on the trails, and is pretty athletic. In another life we schooled/showed in jumpers, but due to a ligament injury in 2016 this is now limited. I'd like at least an intermediate rider for him although he is quiet enough for a beginner. His flatwork is solid but rusty - he can do basic lateral work but will require some practice to be consistent. Otherwise he is balanced and comfortable at all three gaits, and is very adjustable. More of a kick ride in general, but will move out on the trails and will easily come back to you. He loves to hunter pace!

      All tack/equipment provided, most of it is high end and he has more gear than I like to admit. He is on a small private farm, access to tons of trails, a half mile sand track, and within hacking distance of a neighboring farm with a lesson program. The right fit is most important though, so please PM me to discuss terms and if you have any questions. Pictures & videos available.


      • Horseless Rider in Michigan

        I am looking for a dressage/ eventing/ jumper mount in Michigan. I am in Kalamazoo and I am willing to drive an hour away. I am 30, 5'4" 115 lbs and have been riding for 25 years, mostly eventing and dressage. I did pony club up to C-3. I did a year as a working student for Sara Kozumplik and Eric Dierks. I don't have kids and I work freelance so I have the freedom to ride whenever. I have been caring for my old warmblood mare for the last few years but I just had to put her down. I don't want to buy a new horse yet, putting one down makes you realize just how hard owing them can be. But I have the time, skill and motivation to continue riding and I hope someone our there needs help excersizing their mounts! I have soft hands, a good seat and I have been told I am an extremely thorough groomer.


        • Horseless Rider in Blacksburg VA

          I'm a new graduate student to the Blacksburg/Christianburg area and am looking for a horse to ride. I've primarily ridden English (low levels H/J and lower levels dressage) but have a lot of western experience as well! Not looking for anything fancy at all and am willing to pay a lease fee if needed. Would love to take lessons with your recommended trainer. Would love to just hack around or trail ride but also really enjoy arena work. I previously owned my own horse but unfortunately had to put her down right before the move. Can provide riding references as well as vet/farrier etc. I'm also small enough to ride ponies and have been used as a 'lesson school horse tune up' rider previously. I did 4H for 7 years, am told that I am a soft gentle rider and love doing groundwork and grooming!


          • Horseless Rider - Raleigh/Apex/Fuquay Varina, NC area

            Updating this due to DH's upcoming deployment and my greatly increasing free time. 20+ years experience from straight off the track TBs and baby green hunters up to the 1.05m jumpers. Most recently doing the 2'6"-2'9" jumpers on lesson horses once a week. Love jumpers, TBs, forward thinkers, mares, and shorties (including ponies, I'm 5'4" and slim). Absolutely willing to do some sort of payment/lease deal and have references and photos/videos.


            • Horseless Rider - Central MA (Paxton, Sturbridge, Ware area)

              Adult Amateur rider seeks more saddle time. Intermediate rider in dressage. W/T/C and light trails. Must ride around a full-time job, late afternoon and weekend hours. No green or hot horses. Taller than average rider at 5’10”. Weight proportionate to height. Willing to do some barn chores. Would prefer a no-cost opportunity but willing to pay up to $200 per month. Responsible adult with riding references available.


              • Horseless Rider - Lexington, KY

                I'm looking to get my bronze on a horse - can be green started W,t,c. Will train for free (I have a grand prix trainer and your horses fitness and happiness are my first priority) Please PM if you have something available!


                • Riderless horse - Tallahassee, FL (East side of Leon Co)

                  7 yo OTTB gelding, easy and kind, 16.2. He is still quite green, and can get a little anxious, but is easy for a quiet confident rider who won't get in his mouth too much. I just don't have time right now, with 2 small kids and FT job, and a quirky mare to keep in work! Romeo has done some jumping, including XC, and had green lead changes before getting a break due to family health issues. Not spooky, not hot, easy to hack on the buckle. I don't have an enclosed arena at home, just a grass riding area, and have always felt safe on him. Has a lovely comfortable canter, soft mouth, anxious to please. I've even ponied my kids' small pony from him on multiple occasions!

                  If my schedule permits, I may be able to provide transport to nearby trainers for lessons and schooling, as well as to greenways for trail rides. If he gets fit enough and there's interest, possibly even to hound exercise/hunting. PM if interested.
                  Custom and semi-custom washable wool felt saddle pads!


                  • Horseless Rider Near Baltimore, MD

                    Hi there!

                    I live in Maryland (Towson, specifically) and I'm currently searching for a free (or very low cost) lease on a horse. I'm looking to purchase or "upgrade", if necessary, in the spring.

                    I owned a thoroughbred filly and trained her up through dressage, foxhunting, eventing, show jumping, etc. I have many years' experience but my lack of riding over the last several years has left me looking and feeling like Jell-O in the saddle! My brain knows what to do - I just need to work all the muscle back up!

                    I'd primarily be using ride time to get back in form - lots of flatwork without stirrups, that type of thing. I'm only really available on weekends right now. I am willing to travel (within reason)!

                    If you or someone you know has a horse that might like to exercise with me, please send me a message. Thank you!