Originally Posted by Blackburn
My second year of college I brought my 4 y/o gelding with me who I broke my self the year before. I didnt want anyone to ride him either or touch him I hated when people went to hi pen with out me there thinking they would skrew him up. (he came from a hard back ground too)
What I did is I went a told my instructor how I felt and asked if I could sit that class out or barrow a different horse for that day. This is what she told me
" I have no problem in letting you sit out the first time we switch horses however if you want to be a horse trainer your going to have to be comfortable with the fact that others will ride your horse and in may cases send it back to you because they have messed it up. The only thing you can do is belive in your abillity as a rider that you have trained your horse well enough to let some one else walk and trot it for half an hour. Also how do you expect to find hole in your training if no one can show you any diffrent. You can make excuses that your horse can't do this or can't do that but have you ever thought that it was you who can't so your horse just doesnt?"
To me it made a lot of sense and I tell my self that every time I teach some one in a lesson.
I know your boy probably means the world to you but it may take one switch horse to really show you how great a trainer you really are and how great your horse is. But its your choice im not saying do or don't you have to find it in your heart whats right for you and your boy at this moment in your "relationship" but talk to your trainer/teacher. If your worried maybe she will let you use a different horse or sit out and help on the ground or maybe she will ride it so you feel better about letting a stranger, she is qualified she's teaching you...
Hope this helps :)
That makes me feel sooo much better! Im also thinking, if/when these people ride my horse it will be in front of the instructor, which makes me feel better as well
Originally Posted by Saskia
You don't really.
I wouldn't let a stranger ride my horse.
Yes, if you're to be a horse trainer you do have to get used to other people riding your horse, but even horse trainers don't put random people on young horses. Inexperienced or incapable riders coupled with a young horse doesn't often work well. No one is going to let someone ride their horse for an hour and do three hours worth of damage. It makes no sense.
If your horse isn't ready for other riders, especially those of unknown abilities, then don't let them ride him. Obviously other people are going to have to ride him eventually, but you'd start with experienced riders you're familiar with, and as his training progresses move on to others if you so choose.
Yes! If I knew these people's experience and I knew they could properly handle my horse I would not
have a problem at all. Its not knowing their experience that's worrying me! An inexperienced rider on my horse would not
end well for the horse or the rider
Originally Posted by Copperhead
It's your horse. You have the right to say no.
Unless, of course, you have enrolled him in the schooling program and not as a private boarder. If he's in the program, you have permitted the school to use him to teach with. If he's in there as a private horse he's all yours.
What it is, is each person signs up for this college class (which by signing up you are saying you also have a broke horse) and the trainer/instructor helps you train and achieve goals that you set and helps you become a better rider. I think the only way I could say no was to drop the class. But signing up I never thought he would make me let someone else ride him