08-29-2010, 12:26 AM
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Sounds like it's an overall popular sort of thing to do, but also something that should be done on a case by case basis. I like it myself. In my case, the instructor in question only ever uses one of her superbly trained personal or lesson horses while instructing. She'll sometimes ride before our lesson and by the time we come in, our lesson time is her mount's cool down period... and they're usually more than happy to just stand or walk in the center of the ring.
She's got one old schoolmaster type guy who's been her horse since college that she'll use as an example frequently. It's neat seeing how in tune they are with one another, and its a great way for him to get out and move without having to work too hard any more.