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        10-20-2010, 03:29 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Question for BOs *a little long, sorry!*

    I am thinking of approaching the BO of where I currently ride and offering to exercise (ride or lunge) any of her horses for her.

    Basically, here is the deal:

    I have been out of riding consistently for about 6 years. I have recently been taking lessons with this BO, but only for about a month or so. My plan is to purchase a horse within the next year or so. I would consider myself VERY capable with handling horses as well as a very capable rider as well. I am a little rusty, but even the BO has complimented me on my riding skills. We seem to have a very good connection and have definitely built somewhat of a bond.

    I really NEED to build my riding muscles back up again, but it is going to take a really long time to do this with one lesson a week for about an hour.

    I was entertaining the thought of offering to ride the BO's horses (mainly for exercise or anything specific she would want me to work on with them) a few times a week. I would do this for free since I have the time and it is for my benefit as well.

    Just a tidbit of background, this barn is what I would consider on the small side. Maybe 20 horses or so with maybe 5-6 being ridden each day in lessons. In the conversations I have had with her, she has several horses she wouldnt consider lesson horses due to them needing a more experienced rider. The riders at this barn are mainly younger children with a few intermediate riders sprinkled in. Its pretty much the BO and a stablehand running the operation.

    As a BO, have you been approached with this situation before? If so, how did you respond? Would it make you uncomfortable?

    Any input would be appreciated.
         
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        10-20-2010, 03:37 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    I'm not a BO, but I actually do this for someone, and it's a win win situation if you think about it, you get to ride for free, and the BO gets their horses exercised for free. I would not feel uncomfortable if I was asked this. Maybe ask in a type of way that's like, if you ever need any of your horses to be worked I'm available. It doesn't hurt to ask.
         
        10-20-2010, 03:38 PM
      #3
    Trained
    I say go for it. I'm not a BO, but it would seem to be in both of your best interest to do this. You get more experience/exercise and she gets her horses worked.
         
        10-20-2010, 03:40 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ErikaLynn    
    I'm not a BO, but I actually do this for someone, and it's a win win situation if you think about it, you get to ride for free, and the BO gets their horses exercised for free. I would not feel uncomfortable if I was asked this. Maybe ask in a type of way that's like, if you ever need any of your horses to be worked I'm available. It doesn't hurt to ask.
    Thanks for the response Erika. This is kinda how I was viewing this as well, but wanted some additional opinions maybe from the other view.

    I am a very responsible 27 year old individual and, while I do have daily obligations (full time job from 7-4pm), the barn is literally 2 minutes from my house and from my visits at the barn, it really seems that the BO would really benefit from a little help.

    I just don't want her to feel obligated to me or feel uncomfortable in any way.
         
        10-20-2010, 03:49 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DubyaS6    
    Thanks for the response Erika. This is kinda how I was viewing this as well, but wanted some additional opinions maybe from the other view.

    I am a very responsible 27 year old individual and, while I do have daily obligations (full time job from 7-4pm), the barn is literally 2 minutes from my house and from my visits at the barn, it really seems that the BO would really benefit from a little help.

    I just don't want her to feel obligated to me or feel uncomfortable in any way.

    I think if you say it in a casual way, I don't think she'll feel obligated to say yes. Maybe a light bulb will go off in her head..and she'll realize what a great idea it is.
         
        10-20-2010, 03:54 PM
      #6
    Banned
    It can never hurt to ask. Just be willing to gracefully accept whatever their answer is.
         
        10-20-2010, 03:59 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Thanks MN and AB-I would definitely understand if the answer were no.

    I have another lesson tomorrow, so I will mention it then and see what she says :)
         
        10-20-2010, 04:01 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    I don't consider myself a barn owner, as I only board 2 other peoples' horses besides my own, however I have on several occasions responded to ads to have people come ride my horses on a weekly basis. As I have 6 horses of my own, and only 1 butt, it's a big help to me. However, I am extremely careful that the people I contract to ride my horses are 1 experienced riders, I don't hire beginners to ride my horses, I give lessons for that - and 2, that they will follow my instructions and style of riding to a T. I am very particular about how my horses have been trained to respond and don't want anyone messing that up. I would advise you to be very clear with the BO, should she decide to have you ride for her - in EXACTLY what she wants done and EXACTLY how she wants them rode, so you are truly doing her a service as well as yourself!

    As everyone mentioned, it never hurts to ask!
         
        10-20-2010, 04:11 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Thanks Indy, that really helps.

    I figured since the BO has seen me ride, she will be able to say whether she believes I am capable. Also, since I am taking instruction from her, I was hoping that would make her feel even more confident of me riding them for her.

    I can understand and appreciate you wanting your horses trained and ridden the way you want them to be. I have owned 2 horses previously and I would feel the exact same way!
         
        10-20-2010, 04:30 PM
      #10
    mls
    Trained
    As a BO myself - I would say if you approached and offered to lease - I would be more open. Then the ball is in her court to offer you a free lease versus a paid lease.

    Just walking up and offering to ride my horses for me - I would be a bit taken aback that you may be trying to tell me I don't do enough with my horses or they need more work.

    You also have to think of it from her view - if you 'lets' you ride her horses, what does she say if someone else asks? As a BO - we have to have the appearance of being neutral - no favorites. Otherwise we are looking a politics and the dreaded barn drama.
         

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