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post #1 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Would you let someone else ride your horse?

Inspired by ForeverSunRider's thread, how do you feel about others, particularly those with little to no riding experience, riding your horse?

For me, me and my horse have recently starting working with a trainer for hunter under saddle and he's made tremendous progress. He's not a very easy horse to ride and figure out, but performs beautifully if you know what you're doing. At this stage (until he becomes 'finished'), I would not let someone with less experience than me ride him. No way. Not to be rude, but they'd probably mess him up because they'd have no clue what to do.
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post #2 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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And I'm not talking about being led on a pony ride-I mean getting out in an arena and doing some maneuvers.
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post #3 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 09:09 PM
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All 3 of my horses are trained in different disciplines, (one of which, even I am still trying to accomplish), so my answer is no, unless the individual can ride in these exact disciplines....Also, I believe that it's definitely ok to politely tell an in-experienced person who wants to ride that you're not comfortable with other people riding your horse or horses, "Due to the manner of training this horse has", or whatever.... The bottom line is, it's the owner's prerogative. Always. :)
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post #4 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 09:24 PM
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I would never let any beginner take a real ride on Sky. He isn't ready for that yet, but he's getting there.

I've given pony rides and had my mom on him steering on her own at the walk and he was fine.

He just has such a big trot that I'm concerned they'd have trouble keeping up, likely squeeze him and he'd just end up losing his cookies.

But as a trail horse with one hoof infront of the other at the walk, that would be fine

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post #5 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 09:29 PM
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On my gelding, sure, he's fine with anybody. I would definitely not ever put a beginner on my mare. She's used to how I ride, and can tell when someone doesn't know something, and then turns into a complete nightmare.

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post #6 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 10:03 PM
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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.
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post #7 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 10:11 PM
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I let people of all ages ride my gelding. He is perfect for an inexperienced rider, yet enough horse for a more experienced person.
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post #8 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 10:27 PM
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My QH gelding, no. Terry is not a beginners horse and will not suffer anyone who has harsh hands or wants to manhandle him, he also does not like men at all and tolerated my husband riding him. Strange children, he would rather eat them or chase them than allow them near him. Last time I let someone who was a friend of a friend on him, he ended up backing and spinning...

My draft mares, Trixie will take care of anyone on her back and is very forgiving. Smoke is the same but you have to have a basic knowledge of what your doing as she is sensitive and does not like to be jerked on.

Lucy is retired and I wouldn't let just anyone ride her either. She is a very sensitive mare and you had to be gentle and kind.
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post #9 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 10:32 PM
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I would, and do. That being said, he is an older gelding and it takes a lot to make him move. Since I've been leasing him he's been ridden by riders far better than me, as well as people who have never been on a horse before, have only ridden a couple of times, and even people who haven't ridden in many years.
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post #10 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 10:32 PM
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I'm happy to let others ride my horse. I have one nearby where my work has taken me, and some others where I run cattle. We don't have arenas, though, so we usually get newbies on something sane and have them ride along while we check or change water, gates, etc.

People were kind enough to get me horseback when I didn't have any, so I'm just paying it forward.
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