Things to know before part-boarding.
For some reason, I've never heard about part-boarding! I checked up on it, and thought that before I think about leasing, I should try this first. Has anyone ever done this? What problems did you have? I've got quite a few questions, and if you could answer them based on your own experience, that would be great!
(In my area, part-boarding is when a rider pays for several free rides per week, and sometimes a lesson included.)
1. How much did you pay, in weeks, or per month? And how many free rides per week did you recieve? Was a lesson included/mandatory?
2. What should my level of riding be? Currently, I walk and trot fine, but working on keeping a steady canter. Would being secure in all gaits, as well as basic dressage/jumping practice be safest?
3. And handling! I know all the rudimentary handling, like leading, haltering, tacking-up... Is that all the knowledge I'd need, or is there other things I need to practice with before part-boarding?
4. Did the horse's owner allow you to "train" them, as in working on collection/extension of the horse's gaits, bending over poles, and lunging? Not stuff like training a green horse to jump, but small things.
5. Were you obligated to muck stalls, and do other chores? Or was your job just to groom and ride the horse, making sure they were safe and healthy?
6. Are you allowed to enter shows? I know this varies from person to person, but what was your part-board like?
7. And there any other things I should know/be aware of before I ask my trainer if I should part-board?
I know some of these questions might entail an "Ask your trainer/barn owner!" But I want YOUR experiences, so that I can decide if part-boarding is right for me, and safe for both me and the horse.