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RIDING Optional

AN INCREASING NUMBER OF EQUESTRIANS ARE ENJOYING HORSES WITHOUT GETTING IN THE SADDLE.
LESZEK GLASNER/SHUTTERSTOCK

When busy attorney Sigrid Haines set out to adopt a horse, she knew exactly what kind she wanted.

“I’ve been riding on and off most of my life, but in my most recent lessons, I found myself wanting to spend more time with the horse and less time on the riding,” says Haines. “I have a stressful job and I just wanted to play, so I kept wanting to get off to interact with the horse in a different way. I deliberately set out to adopt an unrideable horse.”

In fact, over the years she adopted five of them: a pair of retired therapy horses, Harpo and May, plus Nicky, Santana and Mocha, adopted through Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) in Maryland.

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