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post #1 of 49 Old 11-05-2011, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Do you let other people ride your horse?

I'm talking as if, your non-horsey or semi-horsey friends find out you have a horse and they say "can I come ride him/her sometime?!" When I bought Bliss, my three friends from college have told me they would like to come ride her sometime. One girl has done a fair amount of riding but only did western, one has been on a few trail rides, and the other has never been on a horse. I'm thinking I would let them all ride her but not do very much... and the girl who's never ridden I would keep on a lunge line. And I'd make sure they all know that Bliss is sensitive and VERY forward and therefore don't full-out kick her.

Anyways I'm just curious to your all's opinions on this! Have you let other people ride your horse before?
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post #2 of 49 Old 11-05-2011, 02:30 PM
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I'd let them ride, but always only under my supervision and for first time put all of them on lunge. Make sure they wear helmets and that they know the risks. It's smart to make them sign something (or their parents if they are underage) that they won't sue you in case of an injury.
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I wouldn't allow first timers/beginners on my horse. She is a good horse but very sensitive, and very forward. so she needs someone who knows what they're doing/has a confident seat. - Plus, I really have no idea what she'd do. I'm the only person who has ridden her in 5 years. (she was a broodmare out in the pasture for 4 years before I got her - my trainer, who was the middle(wo)man, only rode her for about a month inbetween - she really is a one person horse. so...
If I had a horse I trusted with other people/newbies my answer whould be more like Manca's.
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Depends on the horse, depends on the person. Scout is pretty laid back, obedient, and tolerant; I'd be okay putting about anyone on him with appropriate supervision from me. No just showing up and riding my horse when I'm not there. Raw beginners would start on the lunge or with a leadline until I see what they can handle, and everyone wears a helmet - liability issues are always something to check into if other people are going to be riding your horse. Accidents happen, and it's sad, but you have to cover your rump. There's my paranoia streak showing...

Years of riding experience aren't the only thing I'd consider. I know a few people who have been riding for years longer than me that I wouldn't let on Scout. I'd be nice about it if the situation arose with any of those people, but no way is my little booger-muffin going to get his mouth hauled on, sides thumped on, and back bounced on... not after all my fine work...
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post #5 of 49 Old 11-05-2011, 03:50 PM
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Years of riding experience aren't the only thing I'd consider. I know a few people who have been riding for years longer than me that I wouldn't let on Scout. I'd be nice about it if the situation arose with any of those people, but no way is my little booger-muffin going to get his mouth hauled on, sides thumped on, and back bounced on... not after all my fine work...
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post #6 of 49 Old 11-05-2011, 03:58 PM
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I used to let friends ride my TB, he was a bit hot but I knew in the arena he had so much attitude he would just refuse to move for a beginner, he thought he was way above them. You'd have to be pretty decent rider to get more than a plodding trot from him.

When I had my mare, she was 4/5 at the time, I would not really let anyone else ride her because I thought it could be unsafe. The only people I ever let ride her was my instructor when I didn't have the time to work her, and the people trying her out for sale, and I certainly warned them she was young and I would not guarantee her behaviour or their safety, but I rode her first. If friends pestered me a lot I'd suggest we go to the local riding school and all go on a paid trail ride together, or if I was in the position, borrow a friend's quiet horse.

It's a bit of a tricky situation because while other horse people, like people on here, understand why owners wouldn't let their non-horsey friends ride horses, those non-horse friends don't understand. They think horse riding is easy and fun, and they see you ride around on your horse and everything goes perfectly and it looks like you are doing nothing but sitting there. They don't understand when you say no, and think you are being selfish or judgmental or arrogant or something.

It helps to have big horses though. Most of the horses I've owned were over 16 hands and when people meet them they are usually too intimidated to want to ride. Or I say something like "if you can get up you can ride" and they never can.
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Used to on my old boy, Doey... he was brilliant, could lunge complete beginners on him, had a man with severe mental and physical disabilities ride him, and taught advanced dressage lessons with him.

Not on Duffy, oh no. Experienced horse people can barely get her moving, its a real respect thing with her, even my happy hacker mum at 5'2 can get her moving, but not everyone. A friend rode her for me last Sunday as I rode her mare, and she's the first person I have seen get her moving, only when she had a whip though (didn't use it mind you!) and she still took the mickey... then I have to get on and correct it so prefer not to, however when I tried young horses out you wouldn't believe the amount of people who told me they broke the horse in and no one else has ever ridden it.. at 5/6/7 years old!! When I have given Duffy a fuller education under saddle, I will be getting more people on her under my supervision for sure!
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Depends on which horse. I give a lot of beginner lessons and have 3 that I've owned their entire lives (22, 23, & 29 years) that are all very broke and extremely tolerant. I'd put just about anyone on them.

My youngsters or my personal show horses, only I ride, my mom or friends who are also trainers. I don't take chances with the possibility of someone else screwing up my hard work.
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post #9 of 49 Old 11-05-2011, 04:12 PM
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Nope I never let anyone ride my boy other than myself and the trainer I bought him from who does tune ups on occasion. I have always been this way with my horses...I dont think I learned to share as a child ;) But honestly, there are many reasons why I personally dont feel like it is in my horses best interest to have someone else ride him..I am very particular. My friends all understand and it has never caused an issue. I think it is kind of just a personal preference.
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post #10 of 49 Old 11-05-2011, 05:35 PM
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Yes. I've always let none horsey friends ride Patty, or once at a big state show to avoid walking half a mile back to the trailer me and a non horse friend rode her back double. I've let my non horsey ex boyfriends ride her. My horsey friends ride her. She's been used as a lesson horse. My boyfriend who has ridden his whole life like me and barrel raced too, has ran her through the barrels at shows. I've had trainers other than my mom tune her up for me. English instrutor rode her english and jumped her a few times. Little kids ride her. Its under my eye though to say hey put your hands down. What do I get out of this? A very broke mare who I can say anyone can ride and will listen to anyone. Though she responds best to me and will do better at anything for me. She's my one person horse who anyone can ride
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