I'm with Jessabel on this one....no way.
Both horses were bought as gifts for my 20 yr. Old son
Epona is ridden ONLY by my son
Beau is ridden only by my daughter or sometimes son
Both horses are ridden as pleasure/trail horses, and rather than us wanting them to have experience with multiple riders or feel that that is beneficial to them somehow, we want them to bond with their rider who is a constant and familiar part of their lives. Bonding with and trusting one rider, in our view, is more important to both horse and rider's confidence and security than learning not to care who rides you because it changes..
We've had a horse like that...our beloved Prince, who has since passed on. We bought him after he was retired as a school horse...and it showed. He was calm, obedient and COLD. NO emotional bonds to anyone. Including us.
No amount of coaxing or time could convince him to open up to us. He couldn't form connections...it was too late for that. Our two horses now are young and have one rider... When that saddle goes on, they KNOW EXACTLY what to expect of their rider...weight, riding style, mannerisms, and cues. Therefore, no surprises equals calm horse, quiet and happy ride.
We don't allow others to ride our horses. Guess it's just a preference thing. But that's just the way we feel about it.
Last edited by Beauseant; 07-04-2011 at 12:54 AM.