Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
1. I wouldn't lease my horse to a riding school, and I doubt I would ever sell to one either. This is because generally it isn't the greatest life for the horse. This is just my experience but the riders are generally very heavy handed, kick a lot, very dependent on whips, reef the horses heads around. They are given the same food (even if its not the best for them), a bit is just put on the horse, practically any saddle is just thrown on. The horses rarely play up because they are so tired from all the work. I can understand why that happens, because it is a business, and the horses are just part of the service offered. It may be a better life for some horses but I would not ever send my horse to a riding school. I would lease to someone who is going to care for it, be aware of its needs etc, but not a business.
2. This is why backyard breeders are bad. I'd work with her at the farm. I presume she is halter broken? If so it should be just like teaching any other horse to load. If the owners consider her dangerous perhaps this is due to lack of handling or poor ground manners? Be aware and perhaps do a fair bit of groundwork. Though I'd avoid it, there are people who herd unhandled horses onto trucks, drive them to their new home, unload them in a small yard and work them there. The first step is moving her to where ever you want her to be. Then just start from the ground up.