Originally Posted by starlinestables
I don't expect people or their horses to be perfect, but I do want to them to demonstrate common sense for their own safety, the saftey of others riding around them and my facility. If you can't control your horse, but decide one day you'd like to try jumping and point him at a 3ft fence... If your horse is dead lame and your jumping. If a western rider decides to start jumping with an 8 inch shank bit and is repeatedly ripping that horses face off.
I think most barns have rules for horse torture or beating too... that last one would fall under this category.
I am a little confused now. If I am reading this right, you expect anyone who wants to jump to get your approval every time? The way it sounded before, you had to make sure that the horse/rider knew what they were doing, at least.
I can tell you, as an adult, who also expects to be treated like one, I am not going to ask anyones permission to jump my horse every time I want to. That is ridiculous. I also agree that it has seemed to me in the past to be an attempt to generate lesson revenue. In my case, I have had my guy who jumps for 18 yrs, and have been jumping him that long. Have not had a lesson on him in at least 5, nor, at this point in his career or mine do I have any interest in investing $$ in lessons on him. With your rule, if I happen to be riding him, and he and I are feeling good that day, I feel like popping him over a cross rail I would have to come get your approval first? Sounds sort of silly, doesn't it?
BTW-I am NOT talking about abuse. That is a seperate issue. Not the same at all.