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post #11 of 24 Old 02-20-2010, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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I'd like the chance to ride different horses once in a while to become a better rider, but never riding my own horse would suck.
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post #12 of 24 Old 02-20-2010, 07:56 PM
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I would sure hate to see my investment take a beating by being ridden by unskilled riders.

I think it would be a great idea for kids depending on school horses for their riding. I believe the more different horses you can get on, the better. BUT, My horse is MY investment. It is not for the public at large. Period.
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I think it's a great exposure but EVERY time? No thank you. I am also real protective of Aidan...I don't let many people ride him. Shoot I only let my husband get on him one time and I lead him around LOL. He has such a nice sensitive mouth I am always worried about people gouging at him with heavy hands.

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post #14 of 24 Old 02-22-2010, 10:41 PM
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I understand switching up the horses for a lesson once in a while, but for shows? That's really strange. I'd switch barns if it were me.
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post #15 of 24 Old 02-23-2010, 12:27 AM
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I would sure hate to see my investment take a beating by being ridden by unskilled riders.

I think it would be a great idea for kids depending on school horses for their riding. I believe the more different horses you can get on, the better. BUT, My horse is MY investment. It is not for the public at large. Period.
Agreed. I spend too much time and care to train my horse and I ride him in a gentle and quiet manner. I do not want some greenie jabbing him with spurs and jerking on his mouth...Seems like a sure fire way to have your horse made into a train wreck... I personally get very angry if anyone else rides my horse, that is why I have him and not anyone else.

With schooling horses that are used to that sort of thing, I see how it might be beneficial to younger and less experienced riders to ride and show a variety of horses, but someones pet should not be apssed around like a pair of pants at a swap meet...

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post #16 of 24 Old 02-23-2010, 08:19 AM
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That is really bizarre. When I bought my first horse I initially boarded him at my lesson barn. From that day on MY horse became my regular lesson horse. After I moved him home, I rode the lesson ponies again every week unless I trailered my guy up for the occasion. I've never heard of such a thing, and would probably be pretty irritated. My guys aren't one-rider only horses, they know that people not me deserve respect, but there are just some people I don't want on my horse! Perhaps I'm selfish.

The closest thing I've ever heard of to your friend's situation is swapping horses in an equitation class. The riders come in and show their horses, and then switch mounts with each other to demonstrate rider versatility. I've never seen it happen, only read of the practice in a few very dated books on showing. Perhaps it's an upper level thing, or just isn't done anymore.

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post #17 of 24 Old 02-23-2010, 09:31 AM
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...That's odd. I like riding other horses but not enough to where I'd never ride my own. It would suck to get a hold of a horse someone screwed around on and had a bunch of little bad habits or if someone got on my horse and screwed around on it and undid some of it's training. I don't think I'd ever agree to that, I'd request to be withheld from the drawings.
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post #18 of 24 Old 02-23-2010, 01:10 PM
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that sounds very odd! Why would you want to do that?! Even when I for lessons and ride school horses, they are picked to suit my needs! Imagine picking a horse that you have never ridden before and having to ride it in a showjumping competition. I kinda see the relavance of 'fun' if this was pony club... but its not.

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post #19 of 24 Old 02-23-2010, 07:15 PM
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I went to Washington International Horse Show last year, and they did do that for one of the rounds. But just one! Not the whole show!
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post #20 of 24 Old 02-23-2010, 07:30 PM
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It sounds similar to what we do with MG here. The state training squads are 15 or so riders and horses, and when training, you swap horses every race or every three races. When you go to competitions, you do 'bracket swaps' - The horses are divided into teams of five and each team gets a new bracket of horses every three races. It makes it a level playing field for everyone - they all get all the horses. It is mostly done because logistically transporting all the horses for a national comp just isn't possible, so loan ponies are used. You get about 30 seconds to get the feel of the horse before the race.

My opinion? It makes for really, really good riders. You learn to asses the horses strengths and weaknesses in about 30 seconds, and how to manage a strange horse under high-pressure situations, and to adapt.

We have a similar thing in SJ here as well - But only at competitions. The big national competitions draw horses for the riders.

I think it's great.

But not riding your own horse in lessons? That I don't agree with.

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