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.