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post #1 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I would love to come lunge your green horse for free...

It looks like the new trend in my area is people posting ads looking for 'experienced riders' to train their horses for free. Now I don't think that's so bad, an experienced rider getting some saddle time on a green horse is beneficial for both the horse and the rider looking to get some experience. But now I'm seeing ads looking for 'experienced riders' to come on out and lunge for free, do groundwork for free, just get some 'horse time' by training someone elses green horse- but no, they don't get any saddle time. Am I completely nuts for thinking these people either need to suck it up and hire a trainer or start working with their horses themselves? Almost everyone here who rides HAS their own horses and if they don't have a horse of their own it doesn't seem likely to me that they have enough experience to lunge someone elses green horse without getting in some trouble.

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post #2 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 12:34 PM
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Really??? I never thought of that....How to get your horse trained for free.

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post #3 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 12:53 PM
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I've noticed this as well

I can understand if I (for example) due to life circumstances could not own a horse, it would be nice if someone would let me ride theirs for free, even if a bit green. but groundwork??
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 12:56 PM
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I don't see anything wrong with it. There are people who don't have horses but do have experience or have one horse but more time to put in and want to do these things. I personally wouldn't just post an ad and hope someone who will be trustworthy would show up to work my horse but that is me. If it works for some people then that is great. If you don't ask, you won't know if you can find help without paying. ha ha
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by greentree View Post
Really??? I never thought of that....How to get your horse trained for free.


you get what you pay for. I could maybe lunge a horse decently. maybe better than decently. But, maybe not. you want real improvement, hire someone who definitely CAN put improvements on your horse, not just muck around trying.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 01:37 PM
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I have made a few mistakes with my horse....all for free! I certainly do not need outside free
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 01:38 PM
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I think the same thing when I see someone with an ad up to lease out their green broke 3 and 4 year olds "Please take my barely started horse, pay for his upkeep for a while, and bring him back to me when you've put some more miles on him"
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 01:44 PM
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I especially love it when people offer their green and/or sour horse for lease. What better than to get free training? Get the person to pay you for the privilege of training your horse of course!!

I unwittingly found myself in this situation one time. I was paying $150 a month to ride a horse who couldn't even canter without spinning out of control, and who was green enough to be very inconsistent with even the basics. It didn't take me long to figure out that I was getting the short end of the stick and move on to ride at a barn where the owner let me take my pick of her school horses. The horses had a lot of good training but weren't getting enough experienced riding, so I was essentially refreshing their skills. It was a LOT more fun, and I wasn't paying for anything more than a weekly lesson in which I received useful pointers for my riding.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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I've seen horses up for PAID leases who weren't even started yet! Must have had some really excellent cuddling skills or something...
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-18-2013, 02:15 PM
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Slightly different, but I spotted an ad on our local ads site looking for somebody to keep their horse for several months until the rider was back from injury, had more money and had more time....

either lease the horse or sell it, don't expect somebody to take care of for you for free.

I also see plenty of ads of horses for lease, green horses requiring experienced rider.... so you want somebody to pay you for them to train it?

Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.
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