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        11-23-2008, 02:50 AM
    If I was doing competition I would probably not let anyone ride who was inexperienced due to the time, energy and expensive put into the preparation process. However, right now I love to have other people ride our 2 horses. My 8 yr. QH mare came to us just out being trained for NRHA competition. She was highstrung and all she knew was to work, work, work (I don't think she liked being part of the "competition production line"). She'd never been out of the arena. No trailriding or fun and games. She had no pleasure in her life. If brings a big smile to me that now I can see her having fun in all aspects of her life. She has the ability to size up a new rider before they even put their foot in the stirrup She knows if they are experienced or have never been on a horse before in their life. This past year she has had classes of school kids, my kids friends, a Scouting group and some of my adult friends who are "fraidy cats".
    I do keep them limited to the arena and the ride accompanied with a light snaffle or just the halter. However, the most important part is they are all having fun and learning about horses while she is learning about people.
    Our other QH gelding spent 7 years as a lesson horse and he goes with anyone who comes to ride with us. He is a super trail horse and teacher.
    Here is "Lady" with some Scouts in our arena.
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        11-23-2008, 02:28 PM
    I am paranoid about having anyone else ride my pony, particularly because the fact that she's a pony draws kids or inexperienced adults. Everyone assumes that a cute pony will be a great ride.

    I know what you mean about the fact that your QH mare didn't know anything but work. It was practically the same with my pony. She was bitter and burnt out on being the cute eventing pony for a preteen girl, mostly because the girl rode her with iron hard hands and "locked down" on her face as they went over jumps. This caused her to start rushing the jumps, even rearing at some times.

    It has taken me several years to get her going nicely and happily again. There was certainly a huge improvement just within the first month or two of getting her when she discovered how light my hand was, but we had a lot of work to do. Namely, she was very heavy and unbalanced on the left lead. The left lead had always been her weaker side and it still is, but the girl who had her exacerbated it hugely by keeping constant pressure on the left rein.

    My pony and I are doing wonderfully now, but college is quickly approaching and my sister probably won't have enough time to work with her consistently. I may end up having to let someone else ride her... but I might scare them all away with my protectiveness before they even get a chance. >.<

    Ah well, come what may... I trust her to dump any bad riders on their bums in the dirt.

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