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Bliss with Horses

Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.

“You’re not getting any exercise. You’re just sitting there and the horse is doing all the work!”

Decades later I can still hear my mother mocking me as she stood safely several feet back from the fence, giving the stink eye to my teenage love, a Quarter Horse named Duchess. Mother was wrong. I was getting a full body work out whenever I was with my horse, and my mind was wiped clean of all my troubles, being replaced with happy thoughts. Bliss with horses. That’s what I’ve found.

Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.

Being around horses is magical, soothing, and healing, especially to people who are lonely, having a bad day, or not feeling well. Our horses make us responsible for their comfort and wellbeing. No matter how bad we’re feeling we still have to feed them and tend to their needs. Sometimes they bring us out of our shells and bad moods and help us heal when they nudge us with their noses and look at us with their big, kind eyes. Our bodies are constantly moving when we’re around horses: cleaning stalls, hauling water, grooming, and riding. Working with horses exercises just about every muscle in our bodies, including our happiness zone. It’s how we find bliss with horses.

Horse ownership is doable in small towns and rural areas, but not in larger cities unless the owner has a high disposable income. Although horse ownership is not realistic for many people, here are 8 ways you can find bliss with horses.

1.Take riding lessons. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.Prices fluctuate depending on location and whether the lesson is private or a group. Expect to pay upwards of $60/hour in the New York City area for a group lesson and $30 and up in the Phoenix area.

2. Book a trail ride. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.Prices vary across the country. A 2-hour guided ride on Maui is $100 and up and a similar length ride in Colorado is around $60.

3. Lease or partial lease a horse. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.Leasing can be done privately directly with a horse owner or through programs offered by riding stables. This is a stepping stone for someone who wants to spend more time riding and working with horses before deciding on full ownership.

4. Volunteer at a horse rescue. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.Usually a Google search for “horse rescue” and your city, state, or province will bring up a list. Volunteers are needed to assist with horse care, barn work, riding, and public relations.

5. Volunteer at a therapeutic riding center for the disabled. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.An online search will bring up one or two facilities within driving distance for facilities that teach physically and mentally disabled persons how to ride a horse. Volunteers are needed for leading horses or walking alongside during riding sessions.

6. Look for riding buddy ads. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.A person with several horses might need assistance exercising them, usually no strings attached, and no payment exchanges hands. It would be nice if you brought in carrots or a sack of grain.

7. Barter work for horse privileges. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.Horse boarding stables and private farms might be open to negotiating lower rates in exchange for work. It never hurts to ask!

8. Hang out at a racetrack. Bliss with horses. 8 ways to spend more time with horses.Walk around the barn area and chat to horsemen and women about their horses. Barn staff love talking about their horses and many owners and trainers are open to letting you pat, brush, or walk out their horses.

www.horseloverz.comIf you’re thinking of spending more time with horses, and you need any type of horse gear, I recommend HorseLoverz. They have excellent prices on horse tack and riding apparel and often have sales. Disclosure: if you click the above HorseLoverz banner and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission for the referral.

 

Do you have any tips on how to find bliss with horses?

 

 

2 thoughts on “Bliss with Horses

  1. Kemkem

    I love trail riding and love to book it whenever we go on holidays and it’s reasonably priced. I remember doing it with friends in Whistler. These horses are gorgeous. I really wish l could ride, I mean properly. P.S.. love those fat boots :-).

    1. Cheryl at The Lifestyle Digs Post author

      Hi Kemkem. Ha ha, one of my horses is named Whistler! I haven’t been trail riding in Whistler. I’m about a 2 hour drive from there and I have horses at home I can ride, so Whistler is the place to ski and I’ve zip lined there. I love my Fatbaby boots but so far I haven’t worn them around horses. Don’t want them to get dirty!

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