So, I've been at this barn for over a year now, and just found out this rather odd rule. Though it is not written down, nor in my board agreement, the BO is saying that no one is allowed to ride horses other than their own if they are not in lessons or working it off. This came up because my mom started taking lessons instead of me, and I was riding a horse for a friend with permission from her and her parents. Then the BO told me I was not allowed to ride my FRIEND'S horse because "there are plenty of other girls who are in lessons and working to ride him." She told this to my mother, to which my mother said something along the lines of "but my daughter has permission from the owner of the horse." The BO said too bad. So, apparently, if I ever wanted to have a friend of mine come out and ride my horse that would not be allowed. ??? Has anyone ever heard of a rule like this? Shouldn't I be allowed to choose who can and cannot ride my horse? The BO said that it was a liability thing, but everyone who comes out to the barn has to sign a waver, so that should not be a problem, right? And I was thinking about it, if it was a liability issue then wouldn't every barn have that rule? Please let me know if I'm being ridiculous thinking that the horse owner should have control over who rides their horse.
After I did talk to the horse owner, and she had not been informed of the "rule" either, and thought it was weird.
I have let other girls at the barn ride my horse while the BO watched, she never said a thing, and now she's saying that was against the rules. It's sounding to me like this is more a personal attack against me, rather than a barn rule.