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post #1 of 91 Old 03-01-2017, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Tests For Boarders?

Does your barn test you before you ride? Ive recently found out that majority of the boarding barns in the area give their boarders a test before they allow them to trail ride on their own. The one that has the most thorough test is a trail riding barn, from what I have been told, there are several things you have to do to pass, such as walk, trot, and canter without stirrups, emergency dismount, one rein stop in both directions, mounting and dismounting from both sides of your horse, going through water, over tarps, and opening gates while on your horse.

What are your thoughts on this? From what I was also told was that this barn that does this test has a lot of English theories on riding, but they train Western. Currently the barn I am at, the BO is wanting to do a test for boarders as well, his idea is a bit more simple though, all he wants to see is if they can ride their horse on our trails. Thoughts? TIA!
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post #2 of 91 Old 03-01-2017, 09:43 PM
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No offense but "they can ride their horse on our trails" WTF??

Never heard of it and would likely never stay anywhere with that requirement. It's absolutely no one's business how someone else chooses to ride their horse.

Now I can understand WHY the barn would do that and I'm sure there are other factors as well, but it's definitely overstepping their bounds imo. Now if they were riding the barns horse that would be different (is that the case at the trail riding barn?)

That's why you have insurance, and as far as wanting the best for people, it's still none of your business.

Accidents can happen to the best riders, heck it's often the good riders who choose difficult horses who get hurt. Maybe they should set a training level for the horses and a temperament test in addition? That's often more important...

Oh and for all the times I've come off none of them have been in the middle of nowhere... Anyways, people don't want to come off and if it's a worry they will be that much more focused on riding properly so less likely. People are cautious.

I can see barn rules of "carry your phone" or whatever but someone telling me what I can and can't do with my own horse in a situation that effects no one else.... If the person can go anywhere else (a public park for ex) with no restrictions why would you place restrictions on what they are paying you for? If they don't pass are they just not allowed to take their own horse out?

Idk, if it's common in your area may be worth considering but I'm not liking the concept in general lol. Heck, I can think of a lot of excellent trail riders who might not pass a couple of those. I was literally trail riding on my own at 12 when we got the first horse. When they came home the next year and we had real trails I'd be gone for hours.

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I clicked on the thread title expecting it to be like a standard of horse care thing at DIY or part care barns. Not a riding thing.

I think the riding test is taking it a bit far. By all means test potential boarders on their views and whether or not they're going to be a drama-free client. By all means ask for financial references and/or do a credit check so you know if they'll pay. But if they're riding THEIR horse, it's their responsibility what happens on the trails, because by definition of being trails the barn cannot guarantee a perfectly safe manicured ride with no sticks or branches or spooky things. (Maybe have that in the boarding contract though so you have a disclaimer and hopefully will be protected if someone tries to sue)

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It sounds like a Parelli type barn gone overboard.
What if you had an untrained horse?
I & my horses can do those things but I still wouldn't board there. A boarding barn is supposed to take care of your horse, not micromanage the owner.

They must have a lot of tarps on their trails.
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No offense but "they can ride their horse on our trails" WTF??

Never heard of it and would likely never stay anywhere with that requirement. It's absolutely no one's business how someone else chooses to ride their horse.

Now I can understand WHY the barn would do that and I'm sure there are other factors as well, but it's definitely overstepping their bounds imo. Now if they were riding the barns horse that would be different.

That's why you have insurance, and as far as wanting the best for people, it's still none of your business.

Accidents can happen to the best riders, heck it's often the good riders who choose difficult horses who get hurt. Maybe they should set a training level for the horses and a temperament test in addition? That's often more important...

Oh and for all the times I've come off none of them have been in the middle of nowhere... Anyways, people don't want to come off and if it's a worry they will be that much more focused on riding properly so less likely. People are cautious.

I can see barn rules of "carry your phone" or whatever but someone telling me what I can and can't do with my own horse in a situation that effects no one else.... If the person can go anywhere else (a public park for ex) with no restrictions why would you place restrictions on what they are paying you for? If they don't pass are they just not allowed to take their own horse out?

Idk, if it's common in your area may be worth considering but I'm not liking the concept in general lol. Heck, I can think of a lot of excellent trail riders who might not pass a couple of those.
I had never heard of it before to be honest, and thought it was quite insane myself! From my understanding, my BO is wanting to do it due to our recent boarders that come out boarding, go and ride the trails, and find the trails too challenging and then complaining about them and leaving telling people that the trails are too difficult.

As for the other place, I have heard the test to ride by yourself is quite extensive. There are many restrictions to the farm my friend is at as well. Personally, like you said, I dont like the concept either, what so ever!

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I clicked on the thread title expecting it to be like a standard of horse care thing at DIY or part care barns. Not a riding thing.

I think the riding test is taking it a bit far. By all means test potential boarders on their views and whether or not they're going to be a drama-free client. By all means ask for financial references and/or do a credit check so you know if they'll pay. But if they're riding THEIR horse, it's their responsibility what happens on the trails, because by definition of being trails the barn cannot guarantee a perfectly safe manicured ride with no sticks or branches or spooky things. (Maybe have that in the boarding contract though so you have a disclaimer and hopefully will be protected if someone tries to sue)
I think so as well! I had really never heard of any test being given to ride your own horse by yourself, I found it very interesting!
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It sounds like a Parelli type barn gone overboard.
What if you had an untrained horse?
I & my horses can do those things but I still wouldn't board there. A boarding barn is supposed to take care of your horse, not micromanage the owner.

They must have a lot of tarps on their trails.
LOL! From what I was told about their trails is that they are flat, short, and not very exciting. But thats a great question, Gaited horses are very popular here as well, so I was kind of curious as to how they would accommodate to the Gaited Community in that respect as well!
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I'm sorry but if a barn told me I had to be able to do all that to board there.. I'd tell them to kiss me where the sun don't shine and walk away
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I'm sorry but if a barn told me I had to be able to do all that to board there.. I'd tell them to kiss me where the sun don't shine and walk away
Me too. I was expecting it for if you were a student and riding one of their horses. But for me to ride my own horse out on trail? Yeah, NOPE!

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I'm sorry but if a barn told me I had to be able to do all that to board there.. I'd tell them to kiss me where the sun don't shine and walk away
Oh I agree completely! I thought it was a joke when I had first heard about it!
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I had never heard of it before to be honest, and thought it was quite insane myself! From my understanding, my BO is wanting to do it due to our recent boarders that come out boarding, go and ride the trails, and find the trails too challenging and then complaining about them and leaving telling people that the trails are too difficult.

As for the other place, I have heard the test to ride by yourself is quite extensive. There are many restrictions to the farm my friend is at as well. Personally, like you said, I dont like the concept either, what so ever!

I think so as well! I had really never heard of any test being given to ride your own horse by yourself, I found it very interesting!
I can assure you that around here at least you would not only have people leaving but have no one coming in with that as a requirement. Maybe the trails are too challenging, BOARDERS ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE OPINIONS.

I'm assuming there is nothing that can be done about the trails so they are what they are, they should either be offered or not. The BO is perfectly able to say "we have x for trails but they're pretty difficult, I'm happy to show you the ropes if you're concerned about it".

I don't really understand the gaited comment though, that shouldn't be relative.
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