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    12-17-2010, 06:17 PM
Do you let other people ride your horses?

From reading other threads, being on other forums, and some people around the barn I get the feeling not many people do.

Pretty much all of my horsey friends have ridden my horses, and I've ridden theirs as well. I've let beginers ride my mare and gelding. Kids have gotten on my mare and walked her out for me (helmet included). I usually stick a hack on my mare when I put a beginer on her, and just tell them to keep their hands low by her neck. Patty(mare) and Brady(gelding) both neck rein, and Brady is a big babysitter. Even Patty turns into a babysitter with other riders. Now I won't let people run Patty through the barrels, I have some but it's not a common thing. Brady on the other hand, I plan to give lessons on him he's an old very finished horse that would take alot to ever ruin. My colt, Eightysix, is a bit different. He's only 3, It's either me or my mom on him, or once my boyfriend whose ridden his whole life. Not that I don't trust him, he's pretty laid back and broke, he's just my colt and not everyone can ride a colt without creating bad habits.

Just my thoughts on the matter. I like knowing that anyone can ride and handle my horses, and if I ever decide to sell one I have that knowledge. So what are your opinions?
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    12-17-2010, 06:22 PM
I don't mind people riding my experianced mare, doesn't matter how bad of riders they are she is fine!! My mare that has some issues though, I am very picky about. First because she is super sensetive and I don't want someone on her that isn't a good rider. She does not need to be undone, still has too far to go to start over! Also she sometimes buck- so I don't want anyone to get hurt, and spooks at the most random times- by spook I mean either stop suddenly, or jump sideways five feet. Either way someon could get hurt. So, for me- it depends on the horse and the person.
    12-17-2010, 06:27 PM
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Nope. They will screw her up! Only me! She isn't going anywhere anyway.
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    12-17-2010, 06:29 PM
At this point pretty much no one else touches my horse, because I'm working on training her, and as quick a learner as she is, and as sensitive as she is, I don't want someone teaching her something in a completely different manner than what I'm working with her on. I used to switch horses with friends years ago, except for the fact that no one wanted to ride my Thoroughbred lol, and I had no problems with it, but we were all in lessons by the same trainer, my horse's were well trained, and not as apt to pick up bad habits ect. I do want someone to start working my mare a little just so I can feel comfortable knowing she'll listen to someone else, and not be a pain, but for right now, I'm the only one working with her.
    12-17-2010, 06:31 PM
My 22yo and my 5yo have been ridden by others. The older guy anyone can get on, but only good riders I let on the 5yo.

I'm the only person to have ever ridden my mare, I'm not ready to share ! The first person I would let on her is my twin sis lol
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    12-17-2010, 06:34 PM
Depends on the horse.. the forgiving steady eddies are ok. Otherwise, no.
    12-17-2010, 06:35 PM
I suppose I should mention that everyone rides with me or my mom around. Nobody's riding my horses when I'm not there, and their just riding. Going in a circle, walking, trotting, cantering.
    12-17-2010, 08:36 PM
Only if I am completely confident they can handle them. I'll let anyone on Arthur, provided they're not too heavy for him to comfortably carry, because he's the best horse in the world and is the perfect kid/beginner boy.

Excel I let my two horsey friends ride sometimes, but as he's still learning I like to be the sole person working with him so it's consistent for him.

Molly I don't like anyone less experienced than me riding because she is well-trained but she's headstrong and takes advantage of riders who don't actively "ride" her.
    12-17-2010, 08:42 PM
I don't let anyone ride Dallas. He's had a really rough time of it with some different trainers, and I've had to retrain him myself. He isn't trusting of other riders and gets stressed. Plus I have him really nicely trained to my aids, and don't want that messed up. So even when I'm training him in something new my trainer instructs me on how to do it but I do all the riding.

Shaymus, my 20 year old ranch pony, is a blast. He had some rough handlers on the ranch and so he isn't a huge fan of men. But he's fantastic with my 12 year old friend who has been riding her whole life, she can do anything with him. And I had another friend who had only been riding 2 weeks take him to a show and she champed. He's just a really good boy.
    12-17-2010, 08:48 PM
The only person allowed to ride my horse is my trainer. That might change in the future, but at the moment I don't want anybody else riding/handling my horse.

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