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    01-25-2012, 03:42 AM
Horse for one?

Hi all, is it just me or does anyone else here get funny about other people riding their horse?? Any advise would be great thank you
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    01-25-2012, 03:47 AM
Green Broke

If its someone that gets on and ignores me after saying 'Soft hands, firm seat, strong legs' then yeah, I get a bit wound up.

But it depends on the horse.

I have let around 10 people ride Duffy. Only one of whom could actually make her trot, and a bit of canter. Shocked me that she was so hard, fussy and pig headed. I then had to correct that next time.

My old horse you could put anyone and anything on him. It didn't make a difference, you had to be good to ride him properly, but he is a lovely horse that worked well for anyone without giving me trouble the next time I got on.
    01-25-2012, 04:08 AM
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I let only two people ride my horse - his previous trainers who are now also my friends, wonderful persons and wise horsemen. I also feel safe with the fact that my horse likes them. However, due to the fact, that my horse is a "one person type only" guy, I don't let others ride him, especially, if they are just friends without experience who'd like to have a little ride. He's a bit too dominant to give him the chance to get all grumpy around novices - on a good day he'll just refuse do anything, but if he's really irritated and feels in charge, he can also bolt. He used to be a lesson horse for a short while before I bought him and I think that's where he learned to hate frequent change of inconsistent riders.
    01-25-2012, 04:32 AM
Ta for the advise. I have had my horse for only a short while and all was going very well until someone else handled him much differently than I. And now his behavior has changed dramatically. Could this be the reason??
    01-25-2012, 04:41 AM
Look, my horse is brand new so no one touches him but me! But there are people I would allow to ride him such as my instructor and my boyfriend who rides better than me. But that will happen with time only! I personally would battle to allow someone to elase my horse in future because I am particularly fussy about how they are treated. And I don't want someone undoing the work I might have done with him.

Its a tough one, depends on who the person is and whether they ride when you are there or not IMHO.

I don't know if someone handling him differently/badly once would change his attitude. How often has this other person handled him? And did you see them handle him differently and how exatcly did they handle him?
    01-25-2012, 04:42 AM
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Could be, but a bit more detailed description would help. How was he treated and how did his behavior change, also, did something else happen maybe between you two after the different treatment and before the change in his behavior?
    01-25-2012, 05:13 AM
Thank you all. The person who handled him was just more forceful with him, ie catching him, saddling etc. My horse was quiet before all this happened and now it is very hard to do all the above with him! I am a novice rider/owner and am just trying to figure it all out. The day it all happened was the day the horse also bucked me off. Could he have lost trust in me? He has only been with us for about a month. He has become wary and skittish since the other person has been involved, but this could be just a coincidence maybe? Grrr wish I had all the answers :) I have had no previous problems with the horse until then.
    01-25-2012, 05:14 AM
Green Broke
I would let just about anyone ride my old girl because I knew they would be safe on her and she wouldn't behave any different when I got on her afterwards.

For my boy Sam I now (since learning the hard way) only allow one other person to ride him and that is my riding instructor. I don't trust him with anyone else I know because they are all to inexperienced to handle his pushiness and rushing undersaddle. Other people are only allowed on him if I lunge them on him. The few times I have allowed other people on him he has turned into a rushing, excited, bolting twit and we are back at square one.

Finally my other boy Apache I allow other people to get on if they have at least been on a horse a few times and are completely confident. That leaves only a few. He is pretty bombproof but the moment he knows you are nervous he takes complete advantage of you and plays up. He is a really good lead line horse for little kids though because he is so quiet and well behaved when being led. He also doesn't take much to fix up if he is a bit lazy or something after someone else has been on him.

I make my decisions based on the horses behaviour, training etc and the experience of the person who is going get on my horse.
    01-25-2012, 05:21 AM
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Dew, keeping in mind that you're a novice rider, I think that a trustable trainer would really help you to sort this out - the problems you mentioned (especially bucking) can go a long way down, if they are not corrected in time.
    01-25-2012, 07:02 AM
Dew, depends on WHO is riding. I have no problem what so ever if my trainer would get on either of my mares. In fact I'd LOVE that. As for other people, no, my mares are not beginner-friendly, and I don't want to have a pricey claim coming. If they would be very calm and reliable I probably wouldn't have problems letting others to ride them.

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