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    12-17-2010, 07:52 PM
  #11
Yearling
Depends on the horse, depends on the rider.

My previous mare already had a lot of bad habits I was trying to train her out of, so only myself or my trainer ever rode her. With Willie, I honestly don't mind if someone wants to try and ride him. He's extremely quiet and understands when he has a raw beginner on him. Plus, I'm always there and in the arena/round pen with the person on. If it's a beginner, he's well aware of that and knows to listen to cues I give him in conjunction with rider cues. If it's a more experienced rider he just acts how he would with me, plus trying to test them to see if he can boss them around. Pretty much though if I know the person and they're honest with their skills I have no problem with them hopping on for a ride as long as I'm there with them.
     
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    12-17-2010, 08:12 PM
  #12
Trained
Yes, but I am picky. If there are days where I cannot get out to the barn to ride when an HT is approaching, I'll have my little buddy get on him for me and "leg him up". I trust him completely, he's a very competant young rider who, in no doubt, will make it to the top one day.

If he can't ride, then I'll have my other buddy get on him for me if she can do it.

Or, if there is a day where Nelson feels "off" I'll hop off of him and have one of my 2 buddies mentioned above, to get on him for me so I can watch him move, and have them feel as well while they are on his back.

And, the only others who I will allow to ride Nelson, are my Coaches - but that's always during a lesson.

That's it :)
     
    12-17-2010, 08:50 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Yes, but I am picky. If there are days where I cannot get out to the barn to ride when an HT is approaching, I'll have my little buddy get on him for me and "leg him up". I trust him completely, he's a very competant young rider who, in no doubt, will make it to the top one day.

If he can't ride, then I'll have my other buddy get on him for me if she can do it.

Or, if there is a day where Nelson feels "off" I'll hop off of him and have one of my 2 buddies mentioned above, to get on him for me so I can watch him move, and have them feel as well while they are on his back.

And, the only others who I will allow to ride Nelson, are my Coaches - but that's always during a lesson.

That's it :)
I like to just have other riders on my horses just to watch how my horses move in general lol, since I can't see it from the ground.
And if anyone is wondering where I mention my mom riding all my horses, she is my "trainer". She gets paid to start barrel horses and such, hobby not job.
     
    12-18-2010, 10:34 AM
  #14
Started
Right now I'm the only one who rides Scout. I'd be willing to let *most* people ride him while I supervise, though. I wouldn't just let anyone ride him anytime, nor would I put a rank beginner on him and turn them loose unsupervised. He's still got some green-horse kinks that a totally new rider wouldn't be able to deal with easily.

The only person I would trust to take him out for a ride while I'm not there would be my sister - she knows Scout and she knows what she's doing. I would be fairly comfortable with that, if a little irked that I didn't get to ride, too!
     
    12-18-2010, 11:45 AM
  #15
Weanling
My horse has been ridden by many people in his time. I've had 6 people tell me what a great horse he was after I bought him. So I have the feeling he is very forgiving when it comes to different riding styles. Never the less, since buying him, only my trainer has ridden him.
     
    12-18-2010, 02:30 PM
  #16
Foal
I have let a begginer ride my pony but that was just a short ride so she could practice before she got her loan (she had riddden before and had her own pony but had taken a break) I was suprised at how well behaved he was with a begginner as she was unbalenced he wasn't sure what to do but was constantly trying to rebalence her ^^ and I was very suprised as with me he's a little speed demon NOTE: I put her on the lunge first to make sure he wouldn't scare her and she's also a very confident rider just not very experienced. But with her he did what she asked and never went faster than a slow comfortable canter, when I got on him at the end he immediatley took off with me round the field at a gallop!! (although I did have control he was just a little excited so I let him go and have his fun) :) haha funny how they change with rider experience :P oh and occasionally with people up my yard on a hack we'll swap horses on the way back or something ^^ although I'm dreading having to put my baby on loan when I go to university... :(
     
    12-18-2010, 02:57 PM
  #17
Weanling
I'll let anyone walk my horse with my supervision. Most of my family members have walked her around. She's very calm, and seems to recognize when a beginner is on her back. Anything beyond walking she can be kind of a handful. She does not buck, but she could dump someone by cutting a corner sharply if they weren't really steering her or just by bouncing them off if they don't know how to post. As long as I've seen someone ride before and approve, I'd be willing to let them ride her. I'm sure it benefits her because I've noticed that sometimes she is so "in tune" with the way I ask her to do things that other people have trouble asking her to trot, canter, steer, etc.
     
    12-18-2010, 07:25 PM
  #18
Weanling
It depends. I only have... 2 horsey friends. One of them rides as well as me, if not better, however she's a foxhunter & steeplechaser. I do hunters. I'm not sure I'd let her do any more on my mare even though she could handle her, just because I wouldn't want her to start any bad habits. My other friend likes slow western horses, and could never handle my mare. She's ridden our bomb-proof paint gelding, but that's it. I think it just depends on the horse and the rider. I'll let anyone walk on my mare, as long as she's being good (she certainly has a go button when she wants it:) but that's probably about it.
     
    12-18-2010, 07:58 PM
  #19
Yearling
My horse is very sensitive and I don't trust her Or other riders. There are only 1 or 2 other people who I'd really feel comfortable letting them ride my horse. - There are a couple other people I know who are really great riders and I'm sure they could handle her calmly and competently... but frankly, I don't like them and I don't want them on My horse.
     
    12-18-2010, 09:36 PM
  #20
Trained
It very much depends on the horse. I've had horses that are so lovely and quiet that I don't have a problem with letting other people sit on them. My main horse at the moment, although I don't own him I have just been given the ride, is so incredibly sensitive that at this stage, not even my coach rides him. He is super unpredictable, and will react strongly if you do not ask 'right'. I'm slowly getting him to the point where he is still sensitive, but his reactions are not negative 'blow ups' and at that point I will start asking my coach to ride him occasionally. Other than that, I will not allow friends or other riders on him in fear of him 'blowing up'.

I am quite happy to people that are less experienced to ride my horses, but only if they just want to have a little play around. I will not allow them to try and 'train' my horse anything as I have been there done that, allowed a less experienced rider to take my horse on for a month while I was studying, and I got him back running around on the forehand, in an inverted frame and not allowing me to put my leg on him. So I won't be doing that again.
     

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