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post #11 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 12:02 AM
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As long as the riding instructor will match up your horse with a proper rider for his attributes and the riding instructor has a good reputation and you trust him/her, I would try it. If it doesn't work out, you don't have to do it.

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post #12 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 12:07 AM
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I personally would not, unless I knew exactly who was riding my horse and liked their riding style. I'm picky like that though.

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post #13 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 11:55 AM
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In my scenario I am not able to get out and ride every day at my coach's barn. I have agreed to let her use him in a lesson for "appropriate " riders. These are not beginners and he is used only in lesson. It averages out to be 2 lessons a week.

One of the riders has been doing a partial lease on him (in the summer). My boy seemed okay with that. She did a hack and a lesson weekly. My coach also does a training ride one day a week. We do this so she can use him as a lesson horse; it does not reduce my board.

It looks to be working out however I am looking forward to moving him to a new barn closer to my home. There I will be the sole rider, yay.
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by EnglishGirl144 View Post
hes not for a beginner, tust me he doesnt work well for them. i was thinking of 2 lessons a week use since lessons are $35 an hour lesson. there taking $200 off board so id pay $250 a month and 8 lessons a month equals out the rest of the board.
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That doesn't sound correct. They would only be getting 10.00 per lesson and you would be getting 25.00 per lesson
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 01:44 PM
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I don't think it's a good situation.. I have had a bad experience with it. We let a coach use our boy for lessons, days he wasn't suposed to be used and I would go to ride him, he would be being ridden when I showed up, to many lessons in a day (5 kids a day!!!!), it was ridiculous... My horse was NOT happy what so ever! So that ended very quickly and not in a pleasant way!
If I had too, I would only let select riders to.
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 06:45 PM
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A big part of the decision is whether or not you trust the trainer to put appropriate riders on the horse, use tack that fits properly, stick to the number of rides agreed upon, etc.

If my trainer asked to use my horse for lessons she was teaching in exchange for a discount on board, I'd probably say yes. However, I probably would say no to the other trainers at my barn who I don't know as well.

And FWIW, my barn charges an extra $20/hr to use their horses in lessons. Since that's an added fee on top of the normal lesson fee the trainer charges, I'd expect the whole $20 to be credited to my board in that situation.
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