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Horse Yards - Chicago

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Horse Yards - Chicago

Hi,

I am moving over to Chicago during the summer and am trying to find a yard which is close to the centre of Chicago. I want to be able to get there easily as I will not have a car so hopefully there will be one that isn't too far away!

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated :)

Thanks,

Vanessa

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1. Re: Horse Yards - Chicago

Are you looking to board a horse? Please clarify your post.

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Sorry, what is a horse yard?

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I'm also not sure whether you want to board or ride (or both), but either way, you may want to post your question to the Illinois Horse Board. http://www.illinoishorse.com/

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Thanks the replies. I am looking to ride, or ideally get a summer job in a yard. Thanks for the link, ill ask around on there :)

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5. Re: Horse Yards - Chicago

Close to Chicago:

http://www.glengroveequine.com/

http://www.freedomwoodsfarm.com/

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Would you consider being a horse and carriage driver? That is right downtown. Would not be the same as riding, of course, but it would get you close to a horse plus earn some money.

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7. Re: Horse Yards - Chicago

Noble horse theatre is in old town

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8. Re: Horse Yards - Chicago

Vanessa,

In American English, you are looking for a riding stable, or just a stable, or a horse stable. Since Chicago is one huge city, it does not really have close in stables. " http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Riding+Stables&find_loc=Chicago%2C+IL" will give you some ideas of where you can ride and some you can get to with public transportation.

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Hi

Glen Grove and Freedom Woods as the nearest. They are and are a 20-30 min drive in low traffic and accessible via public trans with the Purple Line train>Bus, however I don't recommned either one. I've ridden at both in the past. They are loaded with nearly 100 horse each and virtually no turnout and no grass fields for grazing, riding instructor quality is random, and in the case of Glen Grove, the stalls are very small.

You need to drive about 45min-hour outside of the city to find a stable of better quality school horses, instruction and evironment. This is primarily due to the cost of land in the city vs. the outlying locations. Some will even offer housing in exchange for work. You'll want to have a car so you aren't stuck at a stable during your time off.

Here are some ideas for other locations just outside of Chicago:

http://www.redcoatfarm.com/

http://www.kinvarrafarm.com/#

http://fieldsandfences.com/

http://tievolifarm.com/

http://www.longgrovefarms.com/index.html

http://www.stonehedgefarm.net/

Another resouce for finding horse stables and lessons in the Chronicle of the Horse (THE go-to equestrian magazine in the US). you could also research and post your question on the Forum page for help as well.

http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/forum.php

Good Luck!

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