10-23-2012, 10:04 AM
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My first horse job was in a UK BHS riding school/livery yard (boarding) where a lot of the horses and ponies were used on a working livery basis. It meant that the owners got the use of all the facilities the same as someone paying full board but at the reduced price
It worked very well for some people but for others it was an endless stream of arguments
You need to agree firmly up front how many hours a week your horse will be used and those times need to fit in with the times you are going to want to ride yourself
What type of rider will be allowed to ride your horse - some people don't want beginners or novice riders on their horses - for good reason and some horse don't react well to a rider who is either always too passive or always too aggressive and that would create problems for you
Riding Schools are busiest at weekends - how would this affect you if you want to compete or want the horse for a whole day for some other reason.
You then need to just decide how you will feel about other people riding your horse in general, personally I am far too possessive about my horses to feel comfortable about it so probably wouldnt work for me