Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Orleans, Indiana
You are ALL nicer than my response.
It's your house. They're YOUR horses. Did you offer to let these kids ride your horses? If not, then these are little brats for even EXPECTING the "treat"!
That being said. I got my first horse almost a month ago and the first thing my teenager said was "When do I get to ride her?" I answered quickly, without thinking and without regret "You're not. She's my horse. I've waited 39 years for her." (Keep in mind, my daughter is also inexperienced at riding and at caring for a horse AND she never listens to anything I try to teach her-she IS a brat).
I would not share my specifically well trained horses with an inexperienced rider. Period. Now. If they weren't gaited and were just well broke, I'd say sure, but with the above suggestions.
If you're ok to allowing them to ride - All I can say is: GOOD LUCK and KUDOS TO YOU for being so open about letting these kiddos into your barn and onto your horses.
I guess I'm just a selfish li'l b****. Yup, I am.
I'd also start with caring for the horses, picking/mucking stalls, feeding/watering, grooming, etc, before ever letting them onboard. I told my daughter if she wanted to ride, she had to let me TEACH her and she had to help do the cleaning. (She has yet to visit the barn on her own initiation.)
"Not evil, dear. Wicked." - Once Upon A Time.