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post #1 of 20 Old 08-08-2020, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Free Boarding in exchange for Public Riding Horse, Good or Harmful?

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So I came across an interesting article the other day about boarding and riding.

What do you guys think about free boarding in exchange for letting your horse be groomed everyday by the public and ridden by the public 3 times a week, along with a clause you must at least see them to exercise and groom them yourselves every Sunday?

So for instance if you boarded a horse, someone - it would be the same person every time for at least a month (the public have the option to continue monthly or not), would come and ride it 3 times a week and 3-6 different people groom it everyday (same monthly option as riding)

Would you allow that for your horse? Do you think that would be harmful for the horses? Or do you think it could perhaps be dangerous to the public? What do you think about this?
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-08-2020, 09:17 PM
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If it were *one* person, and they were riding my horse under the supervision of an instructor I trusted, I might be OK with that. I mean, I'd need to see them ride first to be sure.

The way it sounds from your description, it would just be some random person showing up and riding my horse? Not even in a lesson, but just riding? I wouldn't be OK with that.

Just grooming, maybe. I had a lady "lease" one of mine for a month and mostly she just wanted to groom her. But another one of them can be a little jumpy sometimes and that could be dangerous to the person grooming. I think I'd still want to meet the person first. People can be pretty rough sometimes.

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Nope - my horse is my horse, and not for anyone else's enjoyment. Too much liability, and risk to my horse.

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Oh heck no....
Free boarding ...this is called leasing if it reduces your costs...

Go find threads by Kalraii who has just finally gotten her horse away from this kind of situation and back under her control and riding.
Read what she has been through... and that could be you and she had a barn who was pretty careful with her horse...and still heck no!!

Do you really want to share your horse with someone you not know who is going to do what they want but it is you responsible for said animal since you own it if something bad happens...
Not me...

If you can't make the time to see your horse to groom and ride more than 1 day a week...
My horses are home, I see them all day long and their care is mine to do, as is feeding, doctoring when injured and having the pleasure of them whinnying at me a hello anytime I step out my back door and they see me.
I give up a lot to own my horses in time, energy and financially.
No way no how could I do what you write about.
When I boarded, I still saw my horse 5 days a week even if I didn't ride, I was at least their at the barn and saw my horse.

To allow just anyone to ride {monthly lease}, they use your tack and all equipment on your horse and trust me they don't take care of your stuff the same as you do...
You don't mention any restrictions of what they are allowed to do, for how long, with who or where...to many risks for someone to misuse or abuse your horse...nope, nope, not happening!!
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I was definitely thinking all of the same things as you. That's why I was thinking maybe they'd already be experienced riders only (for the riding portion at least) and the owner would meet (or something as it would get to be a lot of just meeting people at that rate) each person who would want to come into contact with their horse before being they'd be allowed to. Also the owner of the barn or something and not just the horse owners, just flat out screening each person beforehand because I still wouldn't want no rough mean people around the horses even if I only owned the establishment and not the animals

(*edited I meant to quote the first person who responded but it screwed up, thanks to everyone else who has replied tho! I thought it sounded a bit odd and dangerous to which is why I took it to here for some opinions)
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post #6 of 20 Old 08-08-2020, 09:33 PM
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No. I wouldn't be interested in that sort of arrangement. But I'm a bit of a control freak. I do let others ride my horse on occasion, but it has rarely worked out and I often have to undo mistakes that cause undesirable behaviors.
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Unless you know someone personally who wants to ride your horse then it is the barn who would be making decisions on who rides your horse and you have not much control if you put your horse in a lease program to reduce your costs...
You would hope they would be very picky of who matches which animal....but you have no guarantee.
You could have a rank beginner who is not meaning to be rough but not a decent rider therefore your horse pays for that by someone yanking on their mouth to someone who thinks they're better than they are, to someone who only really wants to run the horses legs off, to someone who is a performance rider and work your horse to soreness, to anything in between and more than I can write of...
You can also have someone who treats your horse so gently...but you don't know what you shall get.
The nicer your horse the easier it is to be "abused" or roughly handled from ignorance or showing off...

Nope, my horse and no one rides unless I give permission and have seen said rider ride before several times on other animals and only under strict supervision.
I don't share my "toys" easily...
My horses today are "only" trail horses but are retired from the show-ring and can return any day I want...but no way do I want to risk anyone hurting their mouth, their bodies or their spirit by being not the best to them.
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You don't mention any restrictions of what they are allowed to do, for how long, with who or where...to many risks for someone to misuse or abuse your horse...nope, nope, not happening!!
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This is my first time *successfully* trying to quote so bear with me please I'm new

But as for restrictions, the person riding would be doing so for just less than a hour with 1 (number could be adjusted) trained professional in a group of 9-10 (them and 8-9 others) and it would mostly just be riding more or so for therapeutic reasons in just normal easy riding fields or whatnot. Not like any tricks or things like that. And for the grooming it would a group of 9-10 people again with 5 (number could be adjusted) trained employees overseeing
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This is my first time *successfully* trying to quote so bear with me please I'm new


therapeutic reasons in just normal easy riding fields or whatnot. Not like any tricks or things like that. And for the grooming it would a group of 9-10 people again with 5 (number could be adjusted) trained employees overseeing

You're doing fine and you've figured out how to quote and make responses specific...great job!!


Absolutely not, don't care "the program"!!
Therapeutic riding programs...first off any programs I ever volunteered at was more one-on-one and a true therapeutic program is disabled riders of all range of ability.
You are referring to what I think is a group trail ride....NO!
You truly think the staff is able to watch that many riders on that many animals and intervene when someone starts to show off by kicking the horses sides yet pulling as hard back on the reins as they can cause its fun to make the horse prance...yea, that is what hack line horses put up with...
They quickly become hardened to hands, legs and kicks and shut down to the cruelty or they react and someone gets hurt and you get sued as it is your horse.
Therapeutic is not large groups...not any that are legit and recognized programs.

You need to really think this through and what it really means and what is the worst scenario cause that very well could be what you face, not the sweet kid getting a glorified led around the ring...
Disabled riders do not always have the best control of body motions, actual emotions and the animal used by true disabled riders are carefully vetted {checked out} that they are bomb proof, even tempered and more to hits, screaming, roughness that at times is taken out on the animal.
Be very careful what you allow your horse to be exposed to in innocence cause the animal you get back may be nothing like what you had...
And groups of 10 mingling around your horse...a recipe for a disaster in my mind...nope no part of it would I be.
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If you can't make the time to see your horse to groom and ride more than 1 day a week...

When I boarded, I still saw my horse 5 days a week even if I didn't ride, I was at least their at the barn and saw my horse.
Also, I would hope the owners came more than just Sundays, especially holidays and stuff lol but that clause would just be there so they at least came once a week, especially considering they'd be free to see their horse if they wanted to 7 days a week whenever they wanted, there would just be those 1-2 hours a day, ultimately 6-9 hours a week, where the other persons would be riding/grooming it however you could still come and oversee during those times
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