How crazy am I? Put an ad for someone to ride with?
I recently bought a second horse. They are both boarded at home. I reallllly miss having someone to ride with. How crazy would it be to put an ad out about a riderless horse and see what happens?
What kind of questions would you ask to ensure this wasnt a disaster waiting to happen? I know about signing liability waivers, and requiring helmets, but really, I just want a friend to ride with.
I had some success by putting a flyer up in local grocery stores. I found a school teacher, and a young mother (early 30's) who used to ride that would come ride with me. A couple of others but those two stick out in my mind.
I named the program Ride With Me, not a lesson program but aimed for people who had past horse experience but could not afford the time and money to have one now. Not a lesson program for I am not qualified to be an instructor. Not a lease program for I was there each time, they did not come and handle my horses by themselves. It also was not a livery or trail ride/guide thing.
It helped with my boarding costs and provided me with companionship. I did not offer one-time rides. I asked for $50 per month for once-weekly rides. I was fexible with scheduling, and they could make-up a missed ride within the same month only if they called ahead for the missed ride. And there was no 'roll-over rides' month-to-month (ie if they only came twice one month, it was still $50 the next month - not adjusted for previously missed rides.
Local people do it all the time: I've seen ads for both - looking for the rider and looking for the horse to go together on trails (and share expenses). Actually it's pretty big thing in Trail Riding organization I'm a member of. For sure before you go on trail try out how person rides (and ask to sign a release form).