Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Yes, I think I would let someone I trusted to listen to me ride my horse. A year ago? Probably not. My boy now has enough hours under the saddle that I think he knows the basics very (very) well, and so long as the person had some ideas on rudimentary riding and was balanced enough to stay out of his mouth (or good enough to know how to ride on contact), I doubt that anything they would do would upset or set my guy back when I got on next. They might not be able to get him to do what they were after beyond stop/go/left/right/back, but they also wouldn't be able to mess up his training or responses when I got on next.
I actually think that with a few more years my guy might make a good lesson or beginner's horse though- he has a great temperament, is very forgiving and tolerant, and honestly tries to do what he thinks you want without getting frustrated or irritated quickly, and he doesn't have any of the major/difficult/dangerous vices (buck, kick, rear, bite). He can be a little spooky, but has improved leaps and bounds there too.
I am at the point where I actually want other people to ride him so that he can experience different things and I can expand/proof his training and generalize it so he responds correctly in more/different circumstances.