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post #31 of 42 Old 10-27-2008, 10:28 PM
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Both my horses are ridden by whoever in lessons or at shows with the trainer. My gelding is even half leased (so he is ridden by her without my trainer). I think it's good for them, which is why I let my mom trot around on Herbie even though she is kind of a beginner. My gelding is really only picky about jumping. With Nani anyone can hop on and walk, trot, canter, and jump.
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post #32 of 42 Old 10-28-2008, 12:09 AM
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I haven't had my horse very long but I'm the only one who has ridden her lately. Before I was dedicated to really keeping her, I let a girl ride her who had passable riding skills. My mare ran off with this girl and bucked her off.
Since then the only other people who have ridden her are my trainer, my trainers daughter, and myself.
I wish she wasn't so "special" but I suppose she is and I'm just kinda going with it. Hopefully she will become more accepting of other riders as time goes on.
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post #33 of 42 Old 10-28-2008, 06:29 PM
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I don't let people ride my horse..
But .Delete. rode my horse one time because she wanted to feel her jog and man let me tell you what you learn a lot about your horse by watching someone else ride it.

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post #34 of 42 Old 10-28-2008, 09:31 PM
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If I'm not riding with them, we only let more experienced trail riders take them out. Our mares are very responsive and light in the mouth and with the leg, and a lot of people tend to kick and be very tight in the mouth when they ride (and wonder my our mares don't like that).

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post #35 of 42 Old 10-29-2008, 02:25 PM
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i used to be really against letting anyone ride my horses.

but now i really don't mind -- gives you a pretty good idea of how you are doing

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post #36 of 42 Old 10-29-2008, 02:57 PM
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I want people to be able to ride my horse, I mean whats the point of having a barn full of horses that no one can ride? Yah there are some horses that you dont want a novice to climb on and ruin all your hard work. But I think its good to have horses well rounded and use to many people riding them. (jmo)

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post #37 of 42 Old 10-30-2008, 10:40 AM
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When i first got dusty i wanted to lease him. however I very quickly changed my mind. No one else ever ever ever rides my horse lol Not only do i not want this because it could potentially interfere with his training....but I dont like the idea of someone riding him wrong. Plus...he has never allowed it. My friend tried to ride him once....and there was no having it. He tried to throw her, bucked, refused to liste, stood dead still and would not move, went where he pleased, ate etc. He was not having that lol however whenever i get on he's an angel ha! another girl at my barn tried to ride him once too....and the same occured. SO we've determined...he's a ONE GIRL HORSE LOL

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post #38 of 42 Old 10-30-2008, 03:39 PM
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When I only had Vega, i wouldn't let anyone ride her. She was too green and I was the most experienced rider that could handle her (out of my family)
I did have my niece ride her (only a pony ride) and me, my FIL and fiance all were there by her side (i was leading and they were on either side)

My fiance did ride Vega and I didn't mind. They did so well together.
I haven't had anyone else want to ride any of the horses.
My mom has talked about coming up and riding and I would like to do that. She'll have choice of whatever horse she wants.

I do remember reading this a while ago and thinking "I wouldn't want someone else riding my horse" but now that i've had a lot of time to think about it, I feel it would be good for the horse (though that depends on the training level of the horse)
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post #39 of 42 Old 11-08-2008, 09:13 PM
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I let others ride my horse but only those that are better riders than I am who I know and trust.

My friend where I board my horse is allowed to ride him when she wants (only took me up on it 3-4 times though) as she is a very good rider, he knows her, she knows him, and we agree on riding styles, etc.

My riding instructor will often ride him for 5-10 minutes at each lesson to help me figure out his cues, what he knows, doesn't know, etc. as I am a beginning rider.

I will let my girls ride my guy but only in a round pen with an adult there. He is good but fast so I want them closely supervised.

I don't let just anyone ride him. I would be very afraid of something happening, someone jerking on his mouth, etc.

I did let my riding instructor's 14dd ride him 2 weeks ago to run him and see how he did. She is a very good rider---but I still made her wear a helmet on my horse

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post #40 of 42 Old 11-22-2008, 08:19 PM
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I'm very choosy about who gets to ride my horse...So was his previous owner, so I hear. He's very picky himself, so it's not like I don't have a foundation for this. In the right hands, he can do whatever you want, but I've seen him with his nose in the air and his back hollow from the one time I let a friend ride him, and it was not a pleasant sight. Apart from her, trainers have been the only other people who've ridden him. I'll probably let another one of my friends ride him soon, because she asked, but she's been riding longer than I have, so I feel he'll do fine with her.
I guess I'm so protective of Frosty because of how much training I've put into him. It makes me nervous to even think about someone inexperienced riding him, because I know he tends to test people (nothing serious, don't worry), and I don't want someone to get hurt or frightened and then upset him more and it just become some huge mess. Maybe I'm paranoid, I dunno.
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