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    09-21-2008, 09:32 PM
  #11
Weanling
I usually am the only person who rides my horse sometimes my cousin will ask to ride him, he doesnt like it but he doesnt do anything different, e puts his ears back and does whatever she tells him too but I can tell he doesnt like it lol
     
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    09-21-2008, 09:40 PM
  #12
Super Moderator
I have one horse that I never let anyone ride. I've had him since he was 3 and he's 24 now. I wish I had, because now he's so picky other people can't really ride him, he completely ignores their commands. He's a jerk to them... I think it's important for a rider to be able to ride many different horses, and for a horse to be able to be ridden by many riders.....
     
    09-21-2008, 10:03 PM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by farmpony84
I think it's important for a rider to be able to ride many different horses, and for a horse to be able to be ridden by many riders.....
Good point
     
    09-22-2008, 06:29 PM
  #14
Banned
I will let the more intermediate/advanced riders ride my horse(like when I go on vacation or if I can't ride that day). We don't have many of those kind of riders at our barn though. :( But since I'm usually her only rider, she doesn't go as well for them. And then both of my trainers can ride her, of course. If I'm taking horses out to pasture, I'll let little kids ride Miss Take out bareback in her halter because I know she's perfect for that.
She'll do okay if I beginner gets on her, as long as they're calm, but she'll look ugly with her head up in the air and short, choppy gaits. I don't want her untrained, so that's why I don't let beginners ride her.
     
    09-23-2008, 09:15 AM
  #15
Started
With Chloe I let anyone ride her... I wont let just anyone ride with the show bit but I will throw a snaffle in and she is good to go. Im not afraid of her being "ruined" since she is 14 already and listens to me like none other (owned her for almost 10 yrs)... I lease her out and when the other girl is showing her I have to walk back from the arena otherwise Chloe wants to be by me.... I don't let just anyone drive her though, too many things can happen there and I don't want the driver or Chloe getting hurt. If Im in the cart with them I will hand over the reins but Im always right there.

With April only 4 people have been on her.... the guy I bought her from, Me, another trainer, and a girl at my last barn. When I had my gallbladder surgery I paid a girl to ride her a few times so that she wouldnt lose her conditioning... but this girl knew what she was doing so I wasnt worried. With April she likes to pull things and I don't want anyone to get hurt.
     
    09-23-2008, 11:11 AM
  #16
Green Broke
My goal is to teach my horses to be able to be ridden by any kind of rider. Granted I only buy horses to sell them and I specialize in ponies so there's a very good chance they'll be bought by beginner kids. I actually ask the more advanced kids at my barn to get on my horses and ride them around so they'll get some kid experience but I've even let a few beginners on a well. The way I see if, if some beginner can get on and flop around and my ponies still pack them around, it tells me I'm doing my job! But I do have to say, it hurts me twice as much if someone accidentally hits him in the mouth over the fence or something!
     
    09-23-2008, 06:33 PM
  #17
Foal
I only let people I completely trust ride my horses, and only those who know horses . . .because my horses get naughty and take advantage of a new rider.
     
    09-25-2008, 02:00 PM
  #18
Foal
I'm very very picky with my young mare :) so far there have been only 4 people on her and ones that I trust like my trainer. It's nice to have a horse that "anyone" can get on but on the other hand I don't have to say no to anyone because everyone knows I don't let people ride her. I actually had to stop letting my step son ride because she was learning really bad things in a very short period of time from him
     
    09-25-2008, 05:55 PM
  #19
Yearling
Sloppy riders can make your horse less responsive and train them into bad habits, sure. That's why it's unwise to let just anyone ride your horse. But a well-trained horse should be capable of being ridden by anyone, as appropriate to their level. Obviously a beginner is not going to be leg yielding on them, but the horse should be capable of listening to a beginner as well, even if you wouldn't let one ride him regularly as it would mess up his training.

Obviously there are differences when it comes to hot-tempered or superb, top-level horses, who for example might not understand a beginner's instructions to canter because they're used to more sophisticated aids. But for the average horse, you should be capable of putting people with varying experience on them for a short while.
     
    09-25-2008, 07:31 PM
  #20
Banned
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Originally Posted by claireauriga
Sloppy riders can make your horse less responsive and train them into bad habits, sure. That's why it's unwise to let just anyone ride your horse. But a well-trained horse should be capable of being ridden by anyone, as appropriate to their level. Obviously a beginner is not going to be leg yielding on them, but the horse should be capable of listening to a beginner as well, even if you wouldn't let one ride him regularly as it would mess up his training.

Obviously there are differences when it comes to hot-tempered or superb, top-level horses, who for example might not understand a beginner's instructions to canter because they're used to more sophisticated aids. But for the average horse, you should be capable of putting people with varying experience on them for a short while.
I agree as I have already stated. My horse is actually extremely well trained. He is capalbe of jumping over 4' and is trained well into FEI dressage but as you can see by these pictures he has more than capaple of accepting a new rider.

This rider has NEVER ridden him before but my regular rider got sick on the morning of the show and the other girl in the barn just hopped on at the show grounds and did some hunter rounds. Certainly is good advertising for his abilities and good stallion temperment.




     

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