Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Tiny, I thought about this over the weekend, and I thought I should add something to this thread. When I was taking Hunt Seat lessons in the 1970's, the stable where I rode offered boarding, lessons, school shows AND rentals. They let me pay for lessons and pay for a lesson horse to practice on solo, on Saturday mornings. This was common. The lesson horses were well behaved, and got BETTER than well behaved bc of the lessons.
They same thing happened with my horses that I trained for/gave lessons on. They just became safer and safer with every lesson that I taught. I did this same with MY riding academy bc I needed teenaged babysitters who, in return, got extra riding/practice time.
In the day and age of numerous justified and spurious lawsuits when people get hurt, I am ASTOUNDED that places like described above can continue to afford to stay in the riding academy business. I am well aware that people have used riding lesson programs to fix their problem horses. Nothing new, but it seems like it is becoming the norm.
We talk a LOT here about style and our opinions of good or bad trainers, but I am more concerned about training a trustworthy horse. I am astonished that it's okay to wish new RIDERS, not new horse OWNERS good luck on that bucking/reaing/bolting horse bc "everybody learns to ride it out." They are renting the horse for the hour lesson. If Budget Rent-A-Car started renting cars, not maintained correctly that caused accidents, nobody would give them any business. (My apologies to BRAC.)