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!