The BO asked me this afternoon if I would mind him using my old gelding to give a friend of his's daughter riding lessons. She really loves horses, and wants to learn how to ride. Of course I have some concerns about this.
1. My gelding is 20 years old, and I have basically been the only one who has ridden him for the last 13 years.
2. He is a great horse, but will test you if he thinks you don't know what you are doing. This doesnt concern me as much as it used to, because I put my bf on him the other day who has never ridden, and he tried a little funny business, but when I told my bf what to do, he did it, and Sonny listened to his cues.
3. Im jus tnot sure how I feel about someone else riding my horse. I am 28 years old, and maybe I should be more mature about it, but he's mine! Lol
I don't feel as though I can tell the BO no, because he lets me keep my horses there for free, and provides hay free of charge. I wanted to tell him that his 2 year old I have been training would be a better suit for a begginner rider than my gelding, but I am the only one who has worked with her, and I don't want her messed up, plus, she's just two, one wrong move, and everything I have done can be erased. Am I just being selfish? I really don't want her to ride my gelding.
I ended up telling him he could use Sonny, but that the first few times she rides him, I must be out there to watch, and see how she handles him, then we will go from there.
My last concern is liability. With it being my horse, I want her to sign a contract stating that if she gets hurt or injured on my horse, I am not to be held liable for it. I am drfinatly going to maker her sign something, I am just not sure what would hold up in court if something was to happen.