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        12-18-2010, 09:53 PM
      #21
    Showing
    It always depends on horse. Noone is getting on my paint, and I'm happy if my trainer rides my qh, but she does it very rarely. I'm not jealous about other people messing with my horses, but I do NOT trust my horses to be ridden by other people (I had a bad experience in past).

    My qh is surprisingly good with my current trainer, and I actually let my visiting aunt (who never been on horse) to get on her to take some pics, and they both did great. But she didn't ride her per say.
         
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        12-18-2010, 10:28 PM
      #22
    Started
    My sisters friends,my friends,my cousins and my family all ride my 7yrold mare she is fine letting anyone ride her!! At the moment my sister and I both ride her until she gets/finds a new horse!!but my dads horse only him and me ride only because he isnt very goood to ride he sppoks to much and is always edgy(we are working on him!!) . My other mare can have absoloutly anyone on her ...we put my 3 yr old cousiin on her bareback and my cousin has only ever been on a horse twice!!!!!
         
        12-18-2010, 10:39 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Absolutely no issues with my Trainer riding my QH, she's done it many times. I just bought a 4yr old Morgan and since my trainer's specialty is Dressage, a friend of my trainer's will be starting him in jumping. I trust my trainer's judgment and know she wouldn't put anyone on my horse that wasn't suitable.

    Neither of my horses are exactly "beginner friendly", so I wouldn't be tossing anyone up there who wanted a pony ride unless I had just worked my QH and then they could walk around on her while supervised.
         
        12-18-2010, 10:55 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Not if I am not there. Someone rode my gelding (The BO's daughter) and when I went to ride him he bucked everytime I asked him to canter.... I was Pi****.
         
        12-18-2010, 11:30 PM
      #25
    Showing
    For me, it completely depends on the individual rider and which horse.

    Jesse and Nester, I am comfortable putting anyone on either one of them. They are both virtually bombproof and neither have any super training that could be ruined by an inexperienced hand. They are both really broke but don't really know much other than how to plod around.

    Dobe, I am okay with lower level riders getting on him so long as I am there with them. They do need to be able to ride effectively, even if they don't really ride well. So long as they are soft with their hands and legs, Dobe is content to pack them anywhere they want to go.

    Pokey, I would be okay with an intermediate rider on him. He isn't untrustworthy but he isn't exactly bombproof either.

    Most of my others wouldn't be suitable for anyone outside my family to ride.

    Denny, I wouldn't put anyone on him even if he was still being ridden. I don't even like letting my family ride him because they don't understand his quirks. He and I get along great because I know how to ask him for things but if someone were to get on him and try to 'cowboy' him into anything, he'd kill them.
         
        12-18-2010, 11:55 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Most of my horses - Absolutely. I consider it a part of my horses training to be able to carry other riders safely. I regularly lend my horses to people who don't have a horse/their horse is injured.

    However, I do have one exception - Latte. No one has ridden her yet except me, simply because no one WILL! Lol! They all think she is much worse than she is and it will take some convincing to get anyone on her.
         
        12-19-2010, 12:06 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    Nobody but my closest friend, who I know can ride, can ride my sable!! It totally depends on the horse, and the experience of the person that your considering!!! Even my boyfriend isnt aloud on him! Well sometimes we go on together but that's different!!! But yea it depends!
         
        12-19-2010, 12:29 AM
      #28
    Foal
    Only the people I know can ride are allowed on my horses and that's only if I am around. Except for my son, I trust him with my babies.
         
        12-19-2010, 01:10 AM
      #29
    Super Moderator
    I do let others ride my horse. As much as possible, I find it a great pleasure to be ablet to share my joy of horses. I also believe that it's important to keep bringing in newcomers to horses, because it keeps the sport/hobby alive. If the general populace never has the chance to firsthand experience horses, they will not be as supportive of issues that we find dear to our hearts, such as: Protecting wild horses, keeping equestrian trails open, preserving equestrian properties in areas threatened by urbanization, making laws that protect the wellbeing of horses such as laws agains abuse of horses. Many people don't see why horses are important anymore and it's up to us to help them to see that and stand with us on these issues.
         
        12-19-2010, 01:38 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    It depends.

    I would normally say absolutely, since my TB and my mom's two horses are all used for lessons, but my new horse, GQ, will not be ridden by anyone except for me and my trainer. Not only is he very green, but he's also a investment/resale horse and I not only want to make sure he doesn't revert in his training, but I also want to protect him from injury.

    I'm way less concerned about my other ones. Even though I do show my TB year round, he's not green and has yet to pick up even the slightest of bad manners from anyone riding him. I personally think that having different riders makes the horse more ridable.
         

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