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    07-08-2010, 08:53 PM
Other People Riding Your Horse (Question)

So, my family and I will be going on vacation for a week or two, which obviously means I will need someone to take care of my horse. Yeah, that's fine. I know a girl who loves my horse almost as much as I do, so I'll get her to watch him. The problem is, I don't really want her riding him. I get super jealous when people ride him, and I'm scared that if she hangs on his mouth or does something stupid, he'll loose everything from the past couple of months!

So, my question is, should I let her ride him?
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    07-08-2010, 09:14 PM
If you're not comfortable with her riding your horse then I would say no, don't let her.

The only person I ever let ride my horse when I was away was my trainer.
    07-08-2010, 09:25 PM
    07-08-2010, 09:31 PM
I was asked if my pregnant niece's boyfriend could ride my QH. We keep our horses at my dad's farm and supposedly he was a "good" rider. I wasn't there she my niece called me. Omg I am still working on "fixing" him.
    07-08-2010, 09:36 PM
If you don't feel comfortable with other people riding your horse or are afraid they're going to do something while riding that you don't like, then don't let them. I know how it feels to feel jealous of other people riding your horse xP.
    07-08-2010, 10:45 PM
I would say no. It's one thing to let someone ride your horse when your watching but another thing entirely when you're not there. There's just no way to be sure she won't start 'untraining' him.

If you're worried about hurting her feelings maybe when you ask her to look after him just mention that "he'll be okay for exercise while I'm gone, so don't worry about riding him". Or something like that?
    07-09-2010, 02:21 AM
I think if you are going to ask her to take care of your horse, you should let her ride if you are not going to be paying her. This is not a small favour, she must commit to being there 2x a day everyday, feed, muck, etc.
However, she can ride under your terms. That means NOT riding when you are away, if that is what you want, but let her ride under your supervision a few times before and after you go.
The question is, will she honour your request to not ride while you are away? People can be sneaky.
If any of this makes you uncomfortable, maybe your best bet is to pay someone else to look after your horse instead.
    07-09-2010, 02:25 AM
Hide his bridle while you are gone.

I would just tell her it would be a liability risk if someone rode and got hurt when you weren't there, but when you are back you'd be happy to let her ride.
    07-09-2010, 05:44 AM
I wouldn't allow her to ride while you're away. Not because she will 'stuff him up', but because if she comes off and hurts herself you could be in big trouble!
    07-10-2010, 10:27 AM
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Liabilities are endless. I'm not there, no riding. When I have someone take care of my horses when I'm gone, I don't even want them to walk into the paddock, just toss the hay over the fence please. Of course I'm usually gone only overnight or the most 2.

I'm very protective of my horses and also don't want anyone hurt. I don't like strings attached either, so I pay whoever takes care of my horses.

Have a neighbor that wanted to trade lessons for taking care of the horses one weekend, but I payed them instead. I'm not a lesson facility (don't have the time or the insurance for that).

If she's doing this with out pay, than maybe set up some time to ride before or after with her as payment.

So as far as jealousy goes, that doesn't fit into the picture with me, it's more of a liability thing with me.

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