Sister's friend wants to ride horse
Hi. So I have a question...more so about me than it is about horses.
Just so you know, I gave a very solid "No." in answer to the question. It was just a flat out, "No. She is not allowed to touch him. She is not allowed to ride him."
Do you think I was too rude about this situation?
My sister has a new friend who absolutely is in love with horses. She has been hinting pretty heavily that she would like to ride in the future. Specifically she would like to ride *my* horse.
Granted my horse is the best one to ride in the pasture. Of our other two, one is recovering from being starved (rescue) and we don't know him well as we've only had him a week, and the other just is very temperamental and not good for a beginner.
My horse is 15.3hh and is 17. He weighs around 1100 lbs. I'm picky about who rides him in the first place because, well, he's my baby.
Additionally, despite him being well behaved and despite the fact that he always listens to me...he does not listen to everyone. While he is a horse that you can just get on and go no matter how long he hasn't been touched, he does need to know that whoever is on him knows what they're doing otherwise he misbehaves. Before every ride he usually has his typical "5 minutes of stupid" and then he's good. He's not malicious during this time. And it either can happen with you on the ground or in the saddle. He just prances a lot and spins in circles and spooks at a thing or two - mostly due to excitement, but then he's as good as gold for the rest of the ride.
Also, (and I know this is horrible but) this girl is 12 years old and weighs nearly 300 lbs. I'm sorry, but I don't want 300 lbs of clueless up on my horse. Also if what they say is right and horses can carry 20% of their body weight, I don't even think he'd be good with carrying her...
He's also a barrel racer and has the typical get up and go of a barrel racer. I don't want someone who doesn't know what they're doing up on him going crazy with him all over the place and have no idea how to stop him.
My sister is naturally very upset about this because I'm being unfair, but am I?
Just curious. What decision would you make if you were in this position?
Oh, and I'm away at college so the odds of me being able to supervise them riding are next to none.
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Last edited by ForeverSunRider; 10-02-2013 at 09:51 PM.