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  • Kayty

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    03-31-2010, 01:01 AM

Okay, so last year I had to put my horse down because he broke a bone in his knee (RIP). Since we could not afford another horse my mom let me ride hers. I had ridden him before, but that was a long time ago. So she tore her ACL ligament in the back of her knee and couldn't really ride. Now that her knee is getting better she wants to ride every time that I do. The thing is that she hasn't ridden in a very long time and is very unbalanced and after she rides when I get back on he is all stiff and very hard to ride. The thing is that I have brought him up to a higher level than she is. I don't really like it when she rides but I don't want to tell her no because it is her horse that I'm riding... What should I do?
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    03-31-2010, 01:06 AM

Get a savings account. Not your horse - not your choice who rides it.
    03-31-2010, 01:20 AM
Sad but's her horse. You should find a way to get your own horse, find a way to ride before her, or do nothing.
    03-31-2010, 01:22 AM
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Not your horse, it's hers, it is nice of her to let you ride it :)
My mom rides my horse on tuesdays, and I can't standseeing other people ride rena, but I grew up about it and me and my mom have so much fun talking about riding and stuff, I love that I can share riding with my mom, you should appreciate it, a lot of my friends parents take no interest or support, it's nice to be able to share a passion with family :)
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    03-31-2010, 10:45 AM
Maybe you should try finding a horse that you can full lease to eliminate the expense of a new purchase.

Or you could always offer to give her some lessons or pointers and help her improve though that won't be a quick fix.
    03-31-2010, 10:52 AM
Originally Posted by Arksly    
after she rides when I get back on he is all stiff and very hard to ride. The thing is that I have brought him up to a higher level than she is. I don't really like it when she rides but I don't want to tell her no because it is her horse that I'm riding... What should I do?
Her horse.

I allow a couple of my students to ride my "A" horse. I may have to remind him of things he cannot get away with but it doesn't change his base training.
    03-31-2010, 02:55 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm very greatful that she lets me ride him... I was just a little angry. I do have a savings account but it will be a very long time until I have enough money to even lease a horse. I am going to get a summer job though.
    03-31-2010, 03:12 PM
Sounds like a good plan.
In the meantime, is there any way to ride the horse before your mom rides him? If it's really bad I would think it may be worth it to even get up extra extra early before school and go then. But that's up to you of course =)

Good luck in whatever you do =)
    03-31-2010, 11:53 PM
Her horse, be grateful she's letting you ride him. I've been in a similar situation, I was riding one of my coach's WB's to compete on last year after I sold my last horse. Was going beautifully with her, took out a lot of first places with her at championships. Then my coach started putting beginner riders on her, and sure enough, every time I got back on I was finding I'd have to go back to basics with her. Was a real pain in the backside and I was progressing very slowly as a result.
So I stopped riding the horse, and wen't a year without a ride before I could afford to go out and buy one of my own again.
    04-05-2010, 02:08 AM
Do you have a horse rescue near you? If so, volunteer to ride horses and exercise them. I bet they'd love to have an experienced horseman volunteer to help. And you might find a fabulous horse to adopt!

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