12-04-2012, 03:47 AM
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You should get precise information on:
How many hours a day/week/month he will be working.
At what times - when can you ride him and do you have a priority to choose your preferable times.
What kind of riders will be riding on him.
Will he be a horse just for lunging lessons, or for more experienced riders, also, will he do jumping, if it is not something that is very common in the lessons at your facility.
Will he do shows with them.
What instructor/trainer will be using him.
Will you be able to watch the lessons from time to time to see, how is he treated.
Will you be able to still control how he is being fed, rugged, turned out and otherwise handled.
All the rules should be very clear and you should always have the first say in decisions made about your horse.
You should also count on having to work with him more on sometimes even basic things, because horses can quickly learn to be a heavy ride when lots of novice riders ride them.