One of the great parts of being a horse person is that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet other horse people. Some of your best friends may turn out to be people who you meet in the horse world. Want to meet more people and make more friends? Here are six tips to help you out.
Board Your Horse
It can be difficult to meet other horse people when you keep your horse in a backyard barn-type situation. Consider boarding your horse at a larger boarding barn. You’ll naturally meet other boarders and lesson students, and will likely have daily interaction with other people.
Join a Club
There are tons of different horse-related clubs and organizations that you can join. Becoming a member of a club or organization means that you’ll be part of a group, and may attend events or meetings. Joining a club can help to keep you up-to-date on happenings in your area and can be a great way to connect with other horse people with similar interests.
Volunteering is a great way to put your time to good use and to meet other people in the process. Consider volunteering for a local equine rescue. Equine rescues can often use help with farm chores, grooming, and even office tasks. They also frequently need volunteers to staff events.
If you compete with your horse, then you’ll be in an environment where you’ll meet countless people. Competitions don’t have to be cutthroat – there are plenty of shows out there that offer a positive, friendly, and encouraging environment where having fun is the main goal. Consider trying out some local schooling shows to expand your horizons.
Join a Riding Team
If you’re a serious rider or are heading into college, consider joining a riding team. Riding teams offer camaraderie, and you’ll be sure to get to know your teammates well, since you’ll be spending plenty of time with them. If a college riding team isn’t an option, consider looking for a local drill team or other option.
Attend Organized Trail Rides
Enjoy trail riding? Then keep an eye out for local organized trail rides. These trail rides are often open to anyone, and can be a great opportunity to meet other riders in an easygoing, laid-back setting.
The horse world is full of ways that you can meet other horse people. Will you be putting any of these methods to the test this year?