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    03-12-2011, 11:25 AM
  #11
Green Broke
I come from a slightly different perspective... I'm a trainer who uses school horses but doesn't ride them! (unless they need a tune up) I do however know them very very well!


Do you own a horse? Yes

How do they compare to a riding school horse?
He is more sensitive to aids, has a higher level of training, and more fit with his body (muscles developed properly)

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse? Not in a long long long time. As far as the students go... very few have been bitten (I hate biters, refuse to by them for the school) and usually involve a treat and a wayward finger. No one has been kicked (again, I don't buy kickers). Thrown off? Well, yes. That does occasionally happen. :) More frequently from certain horses rather then others. More likely when someone falls off it's because they've lost their balance (riding without stirrups, learning how to canter, etc) or got to a bad jump. There is a pony who tends to spook and peek at fences. I only put advanced kids on him but every so often he'll get one of them.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden? This is a difficult question. Lots horses are prone to trying to get out of work (ring sour). We have one or two that are very girthy. But I don't think this necessarily means they hate their job. Only a handful can't wait to be ridden. But this I've noticed.... when it comes to the older guys who have worked their entire lives, retiring them early often makes them go downhill very quickly. We have several horses that are in their upper 20's and even lower 30's that do little w/t lessons a few times a week that look fabulous for their age. While some of them may not seem as enthusiastic about their jobs, I firmly believe having a job benefits almost all horses (soundness problems aside) and they enjoy having a purpose to their lives. When a horse hates their job, they let us know and they are simply not good school horses. That's when we find another home for them.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
Not really.
     
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    03-12-2011, 11:43 AM
  #12
Weanling
Do you own a horse? No, but I am as much involved with them as if they were my own.

How do they compare to a riding school horse?
Coming straight from a riding school to these, they're a lot more testing and much more sensitive to your aids. More often than not I'm trying to slow them rather than speed them up, as I do with riding school horses. School horses seem to have a 'been there, done that' attitude, even when it's something they enjoy.

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

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
I think it is very much dependant on the horse. I know some who could not wait to get out and be ridden, and always seemed energetic and willing to please. But I have rode some who seem to hate it. They don't want to go and they aren't willing to please, mostly the older ones who have been school horses for a long time.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
Again, this is very much dependant on the horse. Some of them always appear grumpy even when not ridden, but some are just complete attention cravers who do seem relaxed when they're not ridden.
     
    03-14-2011, 03:31 PM
  #13
Started
Do you own a horse? Yes

How do they compare to a riding school horse? He tends to be livelier than a school horse, and more personable than the school horses I've ridden.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?
No to all. I've fallen off of school horses, but never been purposely thrown by one.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
For the most part, but it really depends on the horse. Some thrive on the life, and others are just more suited to the constancy of one regular rider. Of course, they all will have "off days," just like non-school horses.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
Assuming that you mean to ask if they are more relaxed during their between-lesson downtime? Depends on the horse, and the rider, and the lesson. A more strenuous lesson or a constantly kicking/pulling rider will mean that the horse is probably going to relax significantly back in the stall. Packing an 8 year old passenger around at the walk and jog, there won't be much of a change.
     
    03-22-2011, 06:38 PM
  #14
Foal
Do you own a horse?
No I don't, i've only been riding 7-8 months, but I do a lot of work with my friend and her three horses and ride when of them for her.
How do they compare to a riding school horse?
The horses I ride at the riding school are generally calm and don't do anything wrong, where as my friends horses remind me more of wild horses, they are less obediant etc...
Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?
Never.
When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
I used to ride a horse called Polo (9 years old, 13hh)he just loved to go and was very enthusiastic and was always good to me, then I rode HoneyBea( 14.2hh) she varied, sometimes she would be good for me and seem happy other days she would be 'in a mood' and didnt want anyone to ride her, then now I ride Thomas (15.2, 6 years old) and because of his age and him being very greeen he likes to be ridden but can be stubborn, he needs lots of legging on all the time, but we are learning together:) most of the horses at my riding school seem happy.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
Yes and no, probably because they feel free and happier being in the field. But i've seen one of the older horses Lucy being in her stable cribbing etc and some of them seem very bored and then when there being ridden they seem happier, so im not sure it depends on what horse.
     
    03-23-2011, 03:11 AM
  #15
Foal
Do you own a horse?
Yes, however he is too old to be ridden so he is living out the rest of his days frolicking around the paddock.

How do they compare to a riding school horse?
When I used to ride my own horses they had much more personality. But I suppose when you're doing a lot of different things with your own horse and you know it a lot better you notice the quirks more but they're also quite perky.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?
No. I have seen one kick someone else on a trail ride and the other rider copped it in the leg. Same horse later that day started bucking quite a lot so I think something was wrong anyway - didn't throw off the rider though.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
They don't seem to enjoy it from the perspective of they're generally going on the same trail route they go on all the time.
When we go somewhere new (ie. Forced to by weather etc.) they seem more excited.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
I'd say yes. But that's kind of like asking if I'm more relaxed when I plop down on the couch after a jog. Yes, it's more relaxing to plop down, but it doesn't mean the jog wasn't good fun too.
     
    03-23-2011, 04:05 AM
  #16
Lis
Yearling
Do you own a horse?
No but not for not wanting to.
How do they compare to a riding school horse?
Now I have loaned and to be honest it's hard to say as the horses at my riding school are quite good quality.
Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse?
All three at my old riding school. The horses there weren't as good.
When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden?
Oh yes, I was on one yesterday who I rode last week. He would have been more than happy to go round the course we were jumping a few more times!
When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed?
Yes but then school horses will be more aware that stable time is down time so they take advantage of it, in my opinion. They're relaxed when they're being ridden most of the time.
     
    03-23-2011, 03:26 PM
  #17
Weanling
Do you own a horse? Yes

How do they compare to a riding school horse? He use to be leased out a a lesson horse at one of his previous barns with one of his previous owners. He's got some bad habits that he's picked up being a school horse and at times will revert back to them at times, like trying to poke his nose out instead of being in frame. That being said, I do like the fact that I know what his personality is and what is quirks are instead of being on a different horse every single lesson like I use to be being around the lessons barns.

Have you ever been bitten/kicked/thrown off a riding school horse? Yes, been bucked off and fallen off, never bitten or kicked or thrown though.

When riding a school horse, do they seem to enjoy being ridden? Some seemed to, some were just sour and didn't want to move or leave their stall, some just went through the motions and didn't care either way.

When not being ridden, do the horses seem more relaxed? Most were rode through out the day by many different riders so they never seemed to be.

Please add any extra information here:
Coming from the lessons barns, then taking lessons on one particular horse that I ended up owning. I've found that it's much more enjoyable for me to ride my own horse then the school horses for the simple fact that I can ride him when ever I want instead of worrying about if a horse is being used for lessons, etc. I think my horse loves having one person to ride him instead of x amount of riders on his back. Also having my horse and taking lessons on him and only him has helped me immensely in a lot of different ways from confidence to position, etc instead of having to worry about the horse freaking out, tack the may or may not fit, etc.

     

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