Building the Horse Industry One Trailer Ride at a Time

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One Trailer Ride at a Time
Many equestrians cannot overcome the barriers to self-transport their horses. | Photo: iStock

I often hear about the equine industry’s push to get new people involved. During these conversations, there is particular emphasis on increasing youth participation. The thinking is that for the horse industry to survive, it needs young people standing in line to take up the torch as the current equestrians age out. However, I think the industry would do equally well to try to reach out to existing adult horse owners and riders. I feel that we can do more to get present-day horse owners further involved in the industry.

I suspect many owners would like to be more active with their horses but are limited by a lack of resources. Most industry activities require you to have a trained horse and the means to transport him. When I’ve had these available, I attended lessons, clinics, shows, and trail rides frequently. When I have not, I sat at home watching other people travel and have fun with their horses. Nothing can make you feel more alienated from an industry than constantly looking in from the outside.

I’m not the only person who has encountered this. I remember attending a horse club meeting and overhearing a new member who could participate in club activities with her horse but did not own a trailer. I was confident someone would offer to give her a ride or connect her with another member who could. After all, here was someone who had gone out of her way to attend a meeting where she didn’t know anybody and fork over her hard-earned dollars for dues. Instead, she was told that to participate she needed to get her own trailer

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Mary Lynne Carpenter is a backyard horse owner who lives in Sheridan, Indiana. She currently shares her life with her two gaited horses, Bear and Shiloh.

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  1. As a very young horsewoman, I either rode my horse to local clinics/shows in my area.(This was in the late 60’s.) Then I became involved in 4-H with a very dedicated group of adults who wanted to spread knowledge and horsemanship. Trailer rides were offered and arranged for anyone who was interested. Without those caring horsemen and women, I would never have embarked on a 55+ year career with horses while “paying forward” thru local clubs, 4-H, and US Pony Club. Remember, you could be the one to help someone else ir their equine partner!

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