As I've been so busy, I've been letting a 15yo girl ride Bandit for me during the week. She did some work experience with the racing yard over the summer and is very capable and eager to ride but has no horse of her own. So I thought I'd do the girl a favour.
Anyway, she's really starting to step on my toes. Today she text me to ask if I hawas heading over, and I let her know I was out to him this morning so wouldnt be driving back (he's about a half hour away). I then left my phone in the car, and this afternoon saw a text to ask if I had ridden. I sent a message back apologising about not seeing it and she replied with "I've just ridden him".
This somewhat sent alarm bells off... why would you go ride my horse not knowing if he had been ridden already?
Earlier in the week, she texted to say she wanted to put a flash on him for better control. I've had him almost 3 years now and never needed more than a loose ring snaffle and have no issue riding him without a noseband. He's a straight forward ride, the type you can hop on after 8 months as a pasture puff and head off down the road without a second thought!
She also knows that Sat & Sun are my only days to ride during the winter as I have no arena or lights. She sent me a text a few weeks back sayin she had just ridden him at 9am on a Sunday morning... which eliminated my opportunity to ride that day.
How do I go about nipping this in the bud without insulting the girl? I know she is eager and keen to ride. After the new year I'll be back to part time work and have more time so was thinking it might be an idea to move him closer to home and do DIY.. but I don't want to be childish about the situation.