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    04-15-2009, 11:05 PM
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Foal
Multiple Riders - How much is too much?

I own a very nice Appendix mare, Seattle. She takes heavily after her TB side in her confirmation and energy level. She is currently schooling 1st level movements, and some haunches in on a good day. There are two of us that are riding her consistently. I ride 2 to 4 times a week depending on my schedule. Another 17 year old girl (VERY good rider) rides Seattle about 3 to 5 times a week depending on her schedule.

My question is, how many riders are too many? I have the opportunity for another woman who is very talented to catch a few rides a week on Seattle. That would make three of us riding her every week. This woman rides through 3rd level, so really she would be more of a trainer than anything else for my horse. But would this be too much? What has been your experience with having multiples riders on a horse? And especially a TB that has seemingly unlimited energy? In your opinion, do you believe this would inhibit her moving upward in the levels more quickly?

Marlene
     
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    04-16-2009, 06:07 AM
  #2
Yearling
I think that it sounds wonderful that you have competent riders for your mare! I think as along as she has at least one day a week off she should be fine. If everyone knows what days they are riding and for how long/how strenuous each you can have a nice timetable to share her with everyone. You will have a very nice fit competition horse
     
    04-16-2009, 11:13 AM
  #3
Foal
As long as your mare seems able to handle it why not? Set up a schedule between the three of you and arrange one day off for your mare a week. Keep an eye on her for the first little bit and make sure she is handling it alright. If everything seem ok than perfect if not, fix the schedule a bit. I would kill to have knowledgable riders around here able to come ride on the days I can't lol. Luck you!
     
    04-16-2009, 02:38 PM
  #4
Trained
I would make a time table like the others said to give her once a wee off.
If more than one person are riding a day, I would have a dry erase board where you could put what you did with her that day to make sure she isn't jumping 3 times a day or something. If she is fit and the work is spread out evenly, I would think she would be okay
     
    04-16-2009, 06:38 PM
  #5
Foal
I think it sounds fine! What I would do is set up a notebook (it's what I did with my horses when ever I leased them out to people) so everyone can keep a "journal" of sorts for what is going on with her. Have them date and write the time of each entry they make and write down what they did and for how long. An example -

May 3rd - 12:15pm
Rode for 30 minutes. Schooled w/t only.

Make sure everyone knows that, for example, Tuesday is her day off and to not ride her. Other than that it will work out well, and the journal will let YOU know what the other people are doing with your horse. =)
     
    04-16-2009, 06:41 PM
  #6
Foal
I had multiple riders riding my horse for a while and he loved it. I thought it was too much and made everyone back off and he became such a pain. He loves his job and does so much better the more he gets out. I would say as long as your mare enjoys herself and you keep an eye on her for weight loss and such due to extra work it would be wonderful for her.
     

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