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    03-07-2011, 04:05 PM
  #1
Foal
Questionnaire on riding school horses/ponies!

I am doing a small study on horse behaviour as a research project at uni, these are just a few preliminary questions that I need answering. Please just leave as a response.
Thank youu!!

It is on "do riding school horses really enjoy being ridden?"

Do you own a horse?

How do they compare to a riding school horse?

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?

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    03-07-2011, 04:22 PM
  #2
Trained
I suppose these guys count as "schooling horses", but they're used for a horsemaster program at a summer camp. They are assigned to camper for a week at a time.


Do you own a horse? Yes

How do they compare to a riding school horse? She tests me. She would dump a younger camper in a heartbeat. There's a couple of older kids from last summer that would have knocked some sense into my mare if she even thought about testing them. (the oldest the campers can be is 15) I know one girl who was 15 last year who rode a counselor's horse because we were overbooked. She rocked it.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse? I have fallen because I was on bareback and loping for the first time bareback. She took off when I wasn't expecting and I landed in front of her. She didn't do it, so No to being thrown off.

Po has kicked me in the foot because she doesn't like other horses much. I was behind her on a trail ride because the trail was too narrow. I was behind a ways to not irritate her and get kicked. The horse I was riding spooked and bolted forward. Po kicked at him and got me partially on the foot. I have been bitten at by one of the horses because he may be deadbroke, doesn't mean he has a sweet personality.


When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden? They all seem to know that this is their job. Being ridden by all sorts of kids and mostly trail rides. They all know when a kid is on their back and they have to behave entirely. If the wranglers are riding them and want to just go lope around a pasture, they love it.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed? This is an odd question.. As opposed to a horse that is not a schooling horse? I dunno. They just stand around or sleep if they're not being ridden. They don't run around like crazy rabid animals. Haha.
     
    03-07-2011, 05:30 PM
  #3
Foal
Do you own a horse? No, but have been leasing on and off for the past few years.

How do they compare to a riding school horse? They usually are better at one things and a LOT fitter.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse? Nope, but there have been attempts at nips.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden? Usually, although I have seen some that can be less than agreeable.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed? Not really, usually they listen less and don't behave as much when you are not riding then when they are, unless you are giving treats.
     
    03-07-2011, 06:33 PM
  #4
Yearling
Do you own a horse? No

How do they compare to a riding school horse?

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse? Yes to all.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden? I would say about half of them do.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed? No, about the same.

Please add any extra information here: I agree that school horses have a hard life but what's the alternative? People need to learn how to ride.
     
    03-08-2011, 03:14 PM
  #5
Weanling
Do you own a horse?
No
How do they compare to a riding school horse?
I only ride lesson horses, but I have ridden non-lesson horses before. With non-lesson horses I found they were usually more patient and had better ground-manners.
Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?
I have been bit, same one tried to kick me, and I fell off, not thrown off one. In the horses defence, he is the lowest of the herd so clear boudries by the person handling him need to be set, once that happens he is an angel. Oh, and it wasn't him I fell off of.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
Most love it...some just like testing the rider. But most of the ones I've ridden get excited when they know they are going to be worked! That and they know when children are about and that they have to look after them. Older people tend to have it harder. (Like one horse if I was on his back and just said trot, he would ignore me. When he had a little girl on his back who's legs aids can't possible be decent, if someone even spoke the word trot, he would go into a nice slow trot.)

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
depends if they think they are getting worked or fed haha

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    03-08-2011, 06:08 PM
  #6
Started
Do you own a horse? Yes.

How do they compare to a riding school horse? My horses are a lot more lively and energetic than the school horses I've ridden. They're also more personable because they get nothing but one-on-one attention from me, whereas school horses are handled by many different people every day. My guys aren't nearly as beginner-friendly as most lesson horses. The only time I put kids on my TB is when he's on a lead rope or lunge line.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?
Yes, I was bitten by a charming palomino pony called Hercules, while I was just standing next to him in the arena. Never been kicked or thrown, though.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
I wouldn't say they enjoy it. They don't seem miserable by any means, but most of them are half asleep when you're on them. It's the same-old same-old for them, so I imagine they get pretty bored.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
Those horses barely had a pulse no matter what they were doing. They were always relaxed and placid. Although they did tend to doze off between lessons when they were standing at their hitching posts.
     
    03-08-2011, 06:53 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Do you own a horse? Not at the moment.

How do they compare to a riding school horse?
I find that some school horses have been in better shape then my own (when I was a teenager) because they were excercised more.
Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?

Bitten--no. Kicked at--yes....by the same school horse, but he did that to everyone. That was just him. I have fallen off school horses because I have made a mistake--ie dropping Shawna before a jump, which she greatly dislikes, or not having enough leg on Bart so he ducked out, I lost my stirrups, and he zigged when I zagged.

I've been bitten and kicked by my own horses too.


When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?

I open Barts stall door and say "hey buddy...ready to go?" and he comes and puts his nose in the halter himself. Bart loves me. He loves to jump. He loves treats after the lesson.....so yes, he seems happy when he is being ridden. Ears up, happy expression.


When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?

My barns school horses are out 27/7 spring/summer/fall, except in severe weather, and out during the day during the winter. They enjoy being outside and being horses when they arent being used in lessons.


Please add any extra information here: I am sure not all barns are the same, but there are several barns in my area that have happy, sleek, shiney school horses that seem to enjoy their job.

However...I am sure that if the horses were treated crappy, they wouldnt enjoy their jobs.
     
    03-11-2011, 11:13 PM
  #8
Foal
Do you own a horse? Not at this time, though I have owned 4. I'm currently in the market for one.

How do they compare to a riding school horse? Well it depends on which horse we're talking about. I've owned 2 geldings who were both calm and were well trained, they would've been awesome lesson horses. I had another gelding who was a little crazy and scared of everything, he would've made a terrible lesson horse at the time that I bought him. At the time I sold him, anyone could ride him but he was more lively then most lesson horses. I had a mare who was ornery and didn't like most people. She tended to dump riders who didn't show her who was boss, she wasn't like ANY lesson horse I've ever dealt with. Other then personality differences, I'd say they tended to be better at certain disciplines then lesson horses I've ridden. They also seemed to teach me a lot more about riding then any lesson horse ever did.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse? I've been thrown off of lesson horses on a few occasions.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden? I've ridden a few that seemed to really enjoy what they were doing. I've ridden a few that seemed to hate what they were doing. I've also ridden some that didn't seem to care either way. I think it just depended on which horse it was.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed? All the lesson horses I've been around are as calm on the ground, if not calmer, than they are under saddle. I'd say they are relaxed but, they never really seem tense either.
     
    03-12-2011, 12:43 AM
  #9
Banned
Do you own a horse? Yes.

How do they compare to a riding school horse? My horse is nothing like a riding school horse, they tend to be experienced, well trained, done a lot of things types. My guy is young and my trainer and I are teaching him everything.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?
No. Had a few attempted to bite me but they didn't succeed. I don't think this is because they were riding school horses though.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
Depends on who is riding them. A new rider who supports their weight with their hands, no they are not keen on that. They are also not thrilled with going around and around and doing the same thing all the time. But I believe riding school horses have enjoyed rides with more experienced riders.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
Your questions all seem a little loaded, as if riding school horses have this terrible life. Of course some might, many don't.
They seem as relaxed or not on the ground as they do under saddle. It depends on the personality of the horse.
     
    03-12-2011, 01:29 AM
  #10
Foal
Do you own a horse? Yes. In fact my horse used to be a riding school horse before I got him. I have been riding him for about 5 years or more prior to owning him.

How do they compare to a riding school horse? He is very different now. Much more relax and not as lazy. Plus he has gotten alot more education outside the dressage arena.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse? Been kicked, bolted on, reared off and thrown off.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden? Depends. The more advanced horses who done medium level and above dressage seem to enjoy their work with the right rider. The more noive horses are lazy and have lack of energy most of the time. The horse I now own didnt enjoy the lifetsyle - was pushy, arrgoant and a prick. But now he is more relaxed and enjoying different work.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed? Yes - mainly out in paddock all day.

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