Looking for your perfect trail companion/stablemate/barn buddy? (And for once we’re not actually talking about horses…)
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Do you need a significant other who understands that your other significant other has four legs and a long face? Want a partner who understands why you come home late every night smelling like sweat and fly spray and dust and hay? Tired of hitting the trails or the show ring alone? These equestrian-themed dating websites might be just what you’re looking for.
Accounts are free and necessary to contact other users, but no account is needed simply to browse profiles. The “usual” dating website search criteria are included (body type, ethnicity, location, education, etc.) but also included is an option to search for riding partners (we assume this means trail buddies or hack partners…) In browsing profiles, most users are genuine horse people ranging from riders and enthusiasts to actual industry professionals. Yard and Groom is most commonly used as a job search tool and has a great track record for matching employers with job seekers, so the Stablemates page, while a recent addition to the site, is likely to grow and develop into an equally successful matchmaker.
Accounts are necessary to search users, but anyone can browse the featured members’ profile on the homepage (account necessary to see profile picture or contact information.) In browsing profiles, users range in interest from competitive dressage to trail riding and rodeo to unique fields within the racehorse industry, giving Equestrian Cupid points for the most diverse scope of the equestrian field. Members can list their ideal first dates, describe their ideal match, and upload photos of their horses in the “My Stable” section. “Success Stories” includes three pages of great matches including international romance.
While this site includes more than just horse folks, Farmers Only is a great place to meet people who understand the 24/7/365 lifestyle of working with animals. Despite its exclusive name, Farmers Only attracts rural-livers and small-town residents as well who hold to the site’s motto “City people just don’t get it!” Born out of the frustration of single farmers who complained that there was no time and no way to meet anyone when all of their time was spent working the farm, the site caters to people who truly understand the lifestyle of farming (including horse people.) Only members can browse profiles, but the years’ worth of success stories matching rural-minded people together seem to speak for themselves.
Go riding! And find a new companion to join you.
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