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        11-08-2011, 10:34 PM
    How should I handle this?

    So, I have these three friends from my school that want to ride my horse. I don't mind but what should I do? How do I introduce them to horses? How much riding should they do? I have never taught anyone that hasn't been around horses before, just did "mini-clinics" for pony club. My horse is a pretty calm mare. What do ya'll think I should do? I want them to come out to the barn but does anyone have tips for introduceing them to horses? What do I say if they want to ride the pretty appy stallion galloping around in his pen?
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        11-08-2011, 10:36 PM
    If you don't own the property, it could create a huge lawsuit/liability problem for the owner.
        11-08-2011, 10:41 PM
    We have release forms...
        11-08-2011, 10:54 PM
    I tell folks I may loan out tack,but never my horses.If they want to learn,barring objections from the property owner,stay on the end of the lead until they exhibit comfortable control of the basics,and go from there.Make it understood that each acts at their own risk.Only on your horse.Never loan your horse out though.
        11-08-2011, 10:55 PM
    Riding a horse can be dangerous for anyone, especially people who don't know what they're doing. Whatever you decide to do or not do, keep in mind the safety and well being of your friends and the horses. That should always come first. If you say no, what's the worst that will happen? Your friends will be disappointed? What's the worst that can happen if you say yes and something (god forbid) goes terribly wrong?
    Just some food for thought... I hope it goes well for you and your friends. I know I LOVE showing off my barn and horses to my friends :)
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        11-08-2011, 11:00 PM
    Well, the thing is... I was probably thinking about just joging next to them with a lead line. Its not a loan just my friends want to come out and see where I disapear to everyday! :) besides they will wear my helmet and protective vest... any other suggestions?
        11-08-2011, 11:01 PM
    Plus there are other considerations. See a similar thread Do you let other people ride your horse?
        11-08-2011, 11:03 PM
    I don't mind people riding my horse at all... just wondering how to easily break the rules to them (dont stand behind a horse, don't touch unless I say it's ok, etc...)
        11-08-2011, 11:10 PM
    Do you think they're going to be all crazy and touching and grabbing? I feel like a "hey just so you know, horses get nervous around people they don't know. So don't be loud and obnoxious or making a bunch of sudden movements." That's what I tell my 8 year old niece when she comes to visit. She gets it...
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        11-08-2011, 11:27 PM
    Hmm... I will try that! Yeah they just LOVE animals!

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