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        01-15-2012, 05:47 PM
    "Will you ride my horse... I'm having issues"

    Okay.. so I don't know how many people have had the.. 'I'm having problem's with my horse, will you hop on?'

    Without going in to too much detail, this horse has become a bit of a handful, is highly trained and fairly well...strung.

    The owner walks it round in a stallion chain, and it bolts every time she rides it. However, she's very much at a basic level of riding.

    She's unfit anyway, so I'm unsure (as I haven't seen it) if its I don't want to because I'm unfit/you're asking wrong/ or I have no respect. There is no pain issues with the horse in question.

    I have a few things going round in my mind, pros and cons, and would like an outside view.

    I have a bad shoulder, if it gets pulled, I'm generally out of action from riding for a week.. which would mean a weeks lunging for Duffy.

    Duffy is lovely, but sometimes I itch to get on a horse with training so I can ride rather than teach all the time.

    I want to help this person out.

    I'm unsure of what this horse is doing.

    Do I want to put myself in a position where I may make things worse?

    Thanks in advance. I'm pretty conflicted about this one!
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        01-15-2012, 05:52 PM
    Couple questions before I can answer.

    Is it just a favor or will you be getting compensated?

    How much time would you be putting into this horse? Are they wanting just a one time, see what is up with the horse kind of thing or actual training time put on it?
        01-15-2012, 05:53 PM
    Oh, and to add the horse is one level above what my trainer considers I am at with my riding, so she's well in to her training.
        01-15-2012, 05:54 PM
    Just a favour.

    And it would depend. Trainer would more than likely be there, and if she suggested to owner I rider the mare once a week or so, we'd have to talk about it...I'm talking mucking out etc, not paid!
        01-15-2012, 06:05 PM
    In one word...nope.
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        01-15-2012, 06:06 PM
    Thats four.....

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        01-15-2012, 06:19 PM
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    You know, I am all for getting on any horse you can. Every one has something to tell you. I often get on people's horses so that I can know what they are doing and what will work to help them.

    This horse may have a small gap that you can pick up on. If your trainer has faith in you, why question it? Give it a try. You just may have an answer for this horse.

    IF you are asked to continue riding it, you have to make a decision. Are you an amature? Are you willing to drop that, if you are? If so, then you should get some compensation. The owner will, likely, not appreciate what she gets for free.
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        01-15-2012, 06:23 PM
    Need to speak to my trainer first, I was messaged earlier.. will speak to her tomorrow.

    My only worries are
    Am I good enough?
    Will she damage my shoulder?
    What if I mess it up?
    What happens when this horse gets fit?

    Part of me wants to say its your horse, not mine.. I'm not going to compete it, nor am I a qualified trainer of horses to get on it and say 'gimme monies'....
    Trainer knows the horse best, and me.. will speak to her tomorrow me thinks.. just wanted to bounce ideas off people, and see what the general consensus is on it.
        01-15-2012, 06:26 PM
    Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
    If your trainer has faith in you, why question it? Give it a try. You just may have an answer for this horse.

    Ah but was it the trainer that asked or the owner/rider ?
        01-15-2012, 06:27 PM
    Owner... that's why I think I need to speak to my trainer... she knows my abilities better than anyone!

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