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post #1 of 14 Old 01-29-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Friends riding your horse

Do you stress about riding attire such as footwear?
For example, would you let a friend or relative ride your horse if they
didn't have the correct footwear (like a heel)?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-29-2013, 06:57 PM
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I do stress closed-toe shoes although having a heel isn't as big an issue. Having a properly fitting helmet is a HUGE dealt to me for anybody riding any of our horses. Even if I don't use a helmet every time I ride whoever is riding my horses wears one. I don't trust any of my friends or family enough around horses to handle themselves in a sticky situation and helmets have saved me from serious head injuries a few times.

That being said, I won't let anyone ride my personal horse besides myself and my soon-to-be instructor(we are looking around for a good one now). I am very particular about who rides him because I put blood, sweat and tears into working with him and don't want it to be set back or even put to waste with someone who doesn't know what they are doing...
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-29-2013, 11:27 PM
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My friends don't ride my horse = no stress.

If I were in your situation, they would not ride the horse if I were not happy about something, pretty much anything. It's your horse, they are free to buy their own.
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-29-2013, 11:35 PM
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If they don't have heels they are welcome to ride bareback.

None of them leave my sight anyway.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:23 AM
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I let people ride my/our horses. They do need to have boots with heels. Or be willing to wear a pair that we have laying around.
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:30 AM
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We actually try and get kids into horses, we don't push it just give the chance, and if they aren't wearing a leather boot or shoe they don't get to play. Sounds harsh I know, but learn safety or not at all. As far as others riding our horses, in the winter heck yeah take off, but during show season, absolutely not. Funny that people who wanna ride so bad when it's fair weather have no interest in a 30* mud ride.
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:31 AM
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It depends for me on who the person is or where we're riding. I'll let people (friends and/or BOs' daughters) hop on in the arena to just plod around in circles in zigzags. For example, one of my BOs' daughters enjoys riding my mare, but is a timid individual overall. She has never trotted on her and the walk Abby goes at is half what I would expect from her if I were on. I wouldn't care so much about footwear specifics in there.

However, if I were to let someone ride her out on a trail where she's more likely to do something stupid, I wouldn't let them ride in a pair of Chuck Taylors or anything.
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 12:41 AM
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I generally don't let anyone ride my horses. Dora is just too squirrely and unless the person is someone that I know is an experienced rider, I don't let anyone on her. I do let people ride Freckles occasionally, but as odd as it sounds, it's usually people that have never been on a horse in their life. It's like, I remember the days being younger and just wanting to sit on a horse...well, he's that horse to others. He won't do anything but plod around anyway and these people aren't looking to really "ride". They just want to say they sat on a horse. No one rides Kid but my hubby. He will throw you to kingdom come with no warning at all, but DH knows his quirks and can tell when a buck is coming and head it off.

Anyhow, aside from that, I really have no rules when it comes to dress. I ride barefoot a lot myself, but I also ride bareback a majority of the time when it's warm. I know it's still dangerous, but I've always done it and it's a risk I take. When I ride with a saddle I generally wear boots, but I don't require it of others.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 01:41 AM
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Anyone riding a horse of mine in a saddle will wear the correct footwear. I will let them wear my boots, though. I wouldn't want anyone wearing shoes that wouldn't come right out of a stirrup or that could go right through if there was an accident. Bareback, I wouldn't be so strict. Kids would be required to wear a helmet. Shorts I don't worry about. They can learn themselves why I don't wear them when riding

There is a reason we wear the things we do when riding. Personally, I think it is just as important to make sure someone is dressed properly as it is to make sure and put them on a safe horse.

Just to make it clear, in this post I am talking about those friends that have little or no riding experience. If you have a friend that has lots of experience and is an adult, then I would let them ride in anything they wanted to.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-30-2013, 06:02 AM
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We won't let anyone ride our horses without heeled boots or a helmet, even if they are experienced.
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