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post #1 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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How do you feel about others ridin ur horse?

I let some people but not to many I have a few horses that i'll let anyone ride but I have a few that I don't let anyone but me ride because I feel like if you make to many mistakes on a horse or if you start to ride diffrently then maybe your horse will be confused and not know which way is the right way mostly everyone rides diffrent and I know other people may think diffrent and i respect EVERYONES opinion so what do you have to say? do you let people ride your horses and why or why not?
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post #2 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 02:32 AM
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It depends on the rider's skill level. Generally, I only let someone ride my horse if I am riding with them, so I can "baby set" so to speak. But I do have a good friend or two whom I would let ride my horse when I'm not around. But they have their own horses so this rarely comes up unless they have company and need an extra horse. If that should happen, then I know they are responsible and will look out for my horse's best interest. If I don't have that kind of confidence in someone, then I don't let them ride my horse.

You don't know what kind of careless or stupid things someone could do with your horse, get hurt, and blame it on the horse. You know what I mean? It's generally not worth the risk unless you are right there supervising. And even then it is risky because you can't predict what someone will do.

I guess what I am saying is, I trust my horse completely not to do something stupid, the humans not so much!
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post #3 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 02:34 AM
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Sometimes. I have no problem letting someone experienced on my horse, especially if they ride better than me. I see it as a bit of a schooling lesson for my horse. Those less experienced, then usually no. If they just want a walk around then thats fine. But if they really want to ride then no.
I have let a less experienced friend have a ride, to 'see what he was like' and she hadnt ridden a horse as educated as Shad (even though compared to some standards he's not heaps educated) she went from riding her horse satisfactorily, to getting on Shad and looking like a beginner. Was a learning curve for her and i dont think it had much of an effect on him.

Having said that though, im almost always the only one that rides shad. Its a rarity someone that someone else rides him.
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post #4 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 02:34 AM
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Generally I don't like others riding my horse because of his level of training, where his at that point where your making or breaking him? Haha, that makes no sence. But whatever.

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post #5 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 02:36 AM
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Well I used to let my mother ride my horse sometimes but what I found when I was riding was that my horse started acting differently because she had learnt to be different for my mom if you get what I mean.

What I think is that you get your horse really used to what you like instead of other people riding your horse and teaching it different things.

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post #6 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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I agree with you completly but i do have one horse that is older that I let my baby cousins and younger kids ride (most of the time i lead the horse)
but i definatly agree with you. I agree with all of you.
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post #7 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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@LALALEELU thats basically what I meant but the horse that I let other people ride (the only one i let others ride) is an older horse and i get them to mostly walk on him and maybe trot depending on how he is acting and i can usually tell if he is weak or not feeling good or needs a rest but he is (23) ilovehimtodeath!
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post #8 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 11:27 AM
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It depends entirely upon skill level. My mare is VERY energetic, very hot-headed. I let my instructor on her in a heartbeat, because she's a very experienced rider (obviously) but if it came to my horse-loving cousin (who has never rode a day in her life) or my non-rider parents or siblings, I would fight till I'm blue in the face. It's not because I'm trying to be spoiled or selfish, it's because I legitimately don't think they could handle her and I really don't want to see them get hurt. In fact, the only friend I have who I'd let on her is my best friend. She's my only horsey-friend, and she has 8 years of experience, so yeah, I think I trust her.
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post #9 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 11:38 AM
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I'm not selfish with my horses, but I have to be convinced you have the skill sets to ride them properly.

None of my horses are what I'd call beginner friendly, although they're all calm enough for me to put someone on them and let them putz around the indoor.

Taking them out into the open is another matter entirely. My Arab is far too reactive for someone with little to no riding skills. He also needs to trust his rider to be the head honcho, not just some lump along for the ride.

My TB has a more level head about things, but he's still young and very athletic. He'll bounce you out of the tack not meaning to.

The leopard Appy is the closest thing to beginner friendly I have, but he has quite the 'tude when he gets fired up, and you'd better know what you're doing when he does.

None of my horses are mean, but they're well trained, reactive animals. I expect someone with the same level of training to ride them, or they don't climb aboard.

I don't 'do' pony rides for the general public. My horses are not lead line, walk in a circle types. I've spent a lot of money and time getting them right, and I don't want some ham fisted nonrider to mess up their training.

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post #10 of 54 Old 07-06-2010, 12:00 PM
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I have no problem with people riding my horse as long as they are a higher skill level than me.
Last summer my mom told my instructor that she could use him in lessons if she wanted to while I was away in California, I wasn't too happy about that...but I got over it haha
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