I let whoever ride my horse, as long as I'm there.
I don't mind it because I can control Java from the ground. The person can just sit there, no reins or anything and I can use voice commands, clicks, kisses and body movement to make him do just about anything.
In the past two weeks, four people other than myself have ridden Java and only two of them had prior horse experience.
My parent's dog used to ride him, so if Pebbles can ride, any human can ride my horse, too.
I wouldn't ever put somebody on who thinks they can ride and is hard on him, though. If they just sit there, I can have him walk, trot, lope, pivot, side pass, stop.. all from outside of the fence.
Also - I will only let the person ride in an arena.
ETA: I know how my horse will behave because we've been there and done that. When I ride him I go out of my way to make sure he's subject to new experiences. It's how I trained him from a yearling. I have wrapped tarps around him, I have run and jumped onto him, slid off of every part of his body from his back. I have made him go through just about everything, we take him swimming, etc. So I'm very comfortable with other people riding him.
Last edited by Sixxofdiamonds; 05-07-2009 at 10:50 AM.