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post #1 of 2 Old 09-04-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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IEA equestrian team, should I or shouldn't I?

Hello all!

My barn is putting together an IEA team, and I've joined :] it's for people 12-18.

Basically, you go to shows hosted at other barns, enter into certain classes, and get a certain horse to ride in those classes at random, the horses that are chosen from are horses that belong to the barn hosting the show. So basically, you don't know the horse.

Now, at practices our barn will use our horses, and I'm allowed to use my horse for practices, which I really want to do [get him used to the environment.] However, horses and riders will be switched up randomly and therefore, other people will ride my horse at practices too.

Here's where my concern comes in:
I'm scared someone will get hurt on my horse.
Here's some great points about my horse- He's an excellent VERY willing jumper who has never refused a fence in my entire time owning him. He's got very nice, smooth, easy to sit gaits, he walk trot canters like a dream, transitions are great, great at dressage but can also do some western movements too.

What worries me is he's cheeky. He will take advantage of anyone he can catch off guard. Now, I've done a pretty good job training him to be respectful with less experienced riders, but me and my mom are worried about liability- if someone falls off of him, am I liable to be sued?

mainly what my horse will do is if he doesn't want to go somewhere, he'll pop his shoulder out and jut off the rail, this happened to a woman we let care for him when we were on vacation and she fell off, but was unscathed. Sometimes he'll also get ahead of an unexperienced riders and might break into a canter if he feels it expected. He's also spooky at times and if you aren't prepared with your outside rain he'll jump out from under you. [The other day my mom fell off because a horse dressed in carting tack walked by from behind the bushes and he galloped out from under her.]

But with his cheekiness and looking to take advantage of less advanced riders, he has REALLY molded me into an awesome rider, and my mother is getting there too. He can be a major challenge but it in turn benefits the riders skills greatly.

I mean, every horse has quirks, and anyone can fall off any horse, even the most bombproof. I want to use my guy for practices desperately, but I'm concerned he will be to much for the other riders to handle. What do you guys think I should do? Do you guys think it's worth a shot?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-04-2010, 11:19 PM
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I would just ask the BO what the criteria is for liability on the riders using other horses, maybe some beyond their skills. I am sure there are other horse owners feeling the same things you are. If everyone has to sign a liability release when riding another persons horse, then everyone is safe.
If there is a trainer in attendence who is good, sometimes letting another person ride your horse during a training session can be good for both of you. You can possibly see another person get "more" from your horse, and its good for your horse to realize someone else can make him mind.
I had a friend ride my mare this spring for two weeks. When her tuneup was done, I was amazed at what my horse was capable of doing that I knew nothing about. Taught me alot about my horses capabilities in a very short time.
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