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post #1 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Opinion please- with offering free riding

I have 2 horses that I ride when I have time. I don't get to ride as much as I like. I have a 2 daughters a 4 year old and a 1 year old. When I do get a chance to ride I spend the whole time getting our horse to get used to riding again. I don't just like to get on and go on a trail ride if they haven't been ridden in a while.

I was thinking about finding someone with experience to come and ride them reguarly. Then used to have horses but doesn't now and would still like to ride. Just to keep the horses in tune so when I want to ride I can get on a go. Free to the rider, I still keep them at my house feed them and clean up after them.

Do people do this sort of thing. I would like to hear others opinion before I make the offer.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 07:50 AM
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I think it is honestly a good idea, are your horses used to
being ridden by other people they are not familiar with?
Some horses have a change of behavior if they are not
familiar with the person riding them.

But yeah I think it is a nice thing to do. :)

It's been awhile, but I'm back & back in the saddle!
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 12:03 PM
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Geeze boonesar, where do you live lol? I wish we had people that offered that around here, because i would be more than happy to do that. I love riding and i love horses, so your offer would be like a god sent miracle lol.

What you are thinking is a good idea, but just make sure you know who is riding your horses and how they treat them. Like if you get someone, kinda make watch them from a hidden spot, to make sure they are not abusin the animal or anythin.

Good luck,

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post #4 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 12:06 PM
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It could be a good idea, but it could also be a bad idea if your horses aren't used to many different people riding them.

My best friend rides for this guy she knows to keep his horses in good shape and to keep them calm... the horses all do good with their owner, but with my friend, the best trained horse out there (a kids horse) busted her in the head and nearly fell backwards with her because he didn't know her.

Be careful who you get to ride your horses, too.

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post #5 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 12:42 PM
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Make sure you have them sign a waiver and release of liability. Also, what you are talking about, I charge for. :) Of course, I am not looking for someone to keep them tuned up (I do that), but just ride them in the time between my tune ups.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 08:06 PM
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There are goods and bads to this. See i ride at a barn but for riding i also take care of the horse and he is basically mine. I ride im all the time for free to keep him in shape for his owner. Not only that though but i pretty much have free pick to any other horse i wanna ride too but i mainly keep it to Junior. This is a good for her because i keep Junior in good shape and he looks nice and gorgeous and everything.

There is a bad to this though. I can ride Junior with no problems but since his owner is not riding him as much as me she has to fight him sometimes when she gets on him because he wont listen the same way. I don't know why but he does that to anybody new that rides him now and when i ride him he has no issues.

So there are goods and bads to this but if u do it i would suggest still coming out and seeing ur horses and riding them still unlike Juniors owner she only comes out once every couple months and rides. Its been about hmma month or two since she rode him at the moment so yea. I would suggest once a week or once every other week u atleast ride ur horses to make sure they still listen to u. Oh and if ur horse changes some don't blame it on the person thats riding its only because ur horse will get used to their style of riding i would suggest teaching the person thats going to ride ur horse the way that u ride so that ur horse doesn't get as confused.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 10:54 PM
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Hmm, wasn't there a topic like this already? lol.

Anyway, I say go for it. I think it's a good idea. My friend is in college, & she does it, since she can't spend as much time with her horse as she would like. Just make sure you have an agreement & stuff.

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post #8 of 15 Old 05-03-2008, 03:22 PM
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Ok... Here's the my 2 cents... I have six horses and I'm pretty much it for riding them all... My mom went out and bought a couple becuase "they are so pretty" and put them in my field, she does pay for feed but I do the rest. I have my three one is retired and one is semi retired and then one is two... SO... I have more horses than I can ride...

I let one girl ride in exchange for help around the place, what I got was a "Cling-On"... got rid of her FINALLY and let a 9 year old ride... she rode my mare into a bad situation and now the horse will limp for the rest of her life. (severed an artery in one leg and the tendons in the other). It cost over $6K to put her back together again, do you think her parents offered to help???? NO... they called day after day after day wanting to know if she could ride one of my other horses... Is she INSANE????

I do however... wish I could find someone... maybe a reliable teenager to help... but I'm scared now...... SCARED I SAY!

That's my 2cents...
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-03-2008, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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If i do make an offer. I want an older teen who is experienced with horses or older. Does any one know the wording I should put on a contract. I do worry that something might happen and It would come back on me. People sue of anything now a days.

The comment about ridding every 2 weeks or so.I would love to ride every two weeks. If I could do that I wouldn't be looking for someone to ride the horses. It is very hard for me to ride with a 1 year old baby. My husband works a lot and I don't really have a baby sitter available. If I could ride once a month I would be very happy. Sometimes I get to ride several times a week but it is by chance. Please don't be so hard on the owner of the horse you ride she may want to ride more then she can.
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-03-2008, 05:33 PM
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I ride someone's horses for free to keep them in shape. I think its a very nice thing to do, especially if the person is experienced or somewhat anyway and needs a horse to ride but doesn't have the money or time for their own horse. I was in between horses and she offered to let me ride her two, because she was in school and didn't have enough time to ride them like they needed to be. And I was estatic.
Of course my opinion is that you should go for it.
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