IEA equestrian team, should I or shouldn't I? - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 09-04-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Western Mass
Posts: 815
• Horses: 1
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?
Mickey4793 is offline  
post #2 of 2 Old 09-04-2010, 11:19 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 2,051
• Horses: 2
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.
wyominggrandma is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The BEST equestrian competition!! KendallAR Horse Shows 14 08-25-2010 02:51 PM
Lots of photos. Kentucky Horse Park, a Morgan gelding and an Equestrian Drill Team.. Rissa Horse Pictures 4 06-16-2009 06:52 PM
College Equestrian Team -- Join or not? mysnafflebit Horse Talk 4 11-22-2008 11:40 PM
Equestrian Schools AKPaintLover Horse Training 0 11-03-2007 06:44 PM
Aussie endurance team in the Aachen World equestrian games crackrider Horse Pictures 1 03-08-2007 10:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome