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    12-01-2009, 11:19 AM

If the BO was concerned that horses weren't being ridden, is it fair to try and get someone to pay to ride them? And I'm not talking a lease situation either.
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    12-01-2009, 11:23 AM
The BO would pay or the boarder would?

Personally for me that steps over the line. If I don't want to ride my horse you can't make me pay someone to do it. Some horses are just unrideable (lack of training or health issues.) I certainly don't want anyone to ride my crazy mare. They could get hurt. If its not in the contract you can't enforce it. The only thing you can do is ask them to leave.
    12-01-2009, 11:28 AM
Just to clarify the situation, the BO wants someone who is already taking lessons to pay to ride these boarder's horses. This person is not a boarder, just someone who is taking lessons on a lesson horse.
    12-01-2009, 12:11 PM
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Why does it matter to the BO whether someones private horse is being ridden or not?
    12-01-2009, 12:14 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
Why does it matter to the BO whether someones private horse is being ridden or not?

I'm still trying to figure that one out myself!!
    12-01-2009, 12:16 PM
Green Broke
It really is not the BO's place, imo. They can certainly offer the idea to the horse owner(s), but that's about it.
    12-02-2009, 02:44 AM
I don't think the BO has any right to give lessons on horses that do not belong to him/her. I don't think it's the BO business how much the boarded horses at his/her barn get rode. I think that when you board a horse, the only thing you are doing is paying to keep your horse on another persons property. The horse and all rights to it still belong to the owner.
    12-02-2009, 02:55 AM
It might be a good way to cut your costs down but it might also ruin your horse. If it were me I would consider who the rider was and how much they were paying to ride my horse.
    12-02-2009, 10:16 AM
Green Broke
Technically I would think this isn't really the BO's concern... but if s/he knew a lessoner who would do great on the horse and saw that the horse needed more exercise, I don't think it would be terrible if the BO presented the idea to the owner. Doesn't mean you have to say yes! I have a few fabulous riders who can't afford their own horse and they exercise horses for me. It's a win win situation for us! But as Kevin said, could be bad if they aren't experienced enough.

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