Hiring an outside rider? Legalities/Concerns/advice.
I'm seriously considering hiring an outside rider to come ride my two quarter horses for me. I work two jobs and attended 18 hours of college classes and I am beginning to fall behind in my classes because I am riding more than I should trying to get my horses to a healthy weight and muscle size. I think it would help immensely if someone could just ride them for a few hours a week so I could have some time to do work and school stuff.
Plus, they are young horses and without regular riding they start to get lazy and pick up bad habits that I would rather them not have.
I think it will be on a volunteer basis with "payment" being free use of horses, equipment, private trails and lessons from me. I am hoping I can find someone who loves horses and wants to ride, but doesn't have a horse or area to ride in.
At this point this is just an idea... I am sort of wondering about the legalities of the situation. I had a friend come ride one of my horses once and the horse changed her lead and the girl thought she was about to buck and jumped off and broke her arm.
They didn't sue or anything, but I'm not sure who would be held responsible for that. It seems like they would because if someone was driving my car an wrecked it... It wouldn't be my fault.
Should I draw up a release? Or contract? Should I always be around to supervise? It amazes me how little some people know about horses when they really know nothing, and I don't want a person like that riding them. But I'm okay with a semi-beginner.
I'm not sure if they are "beginner" horses.
My bay horse rides wherever you want to go just fine. Neck reins like a dream, she is a Cadillac. But, she is fast. She likes to go go go and usually that is fine with me. She also likes to crow hop at a canter. I've never been bucked off and she isn't entirely serious about it, but it could be scary for a beginner.
Does anyone else have an outside rider exercise their horses? Is it even a good idea? I'm trying to think of all the pros and cons and a lot of you have a ton of good ideas.
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