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post #11 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 10:40 PM
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I don't let other people ride my gelding hes to hot for most people. Yet my daughter can ride him no problem as long as she keeps a loose rein on him. He very sensitive and only light cues are needed....kick him and your in the next county. Also very sensitive with the bit just a light touch of the reins and he responds.....get hanging on to reins to tight and instant hyped up and nervy. Best trail horse I ever have owned goes trough anything. Nothing spooks him and can ride for hours and still full of energy.

Hes not a green horns horse and I personaly don't want other people riding him.

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post #12 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 11:10 PM
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Generally speaking, no. We have 2 catch-all horses at my barn that are broke enough to be safe for a beginning/timid rider and those are the horses that all visitors get to ride.

My own personal horses are far too well trained, sensitive, and responsive to be very beginner friendly. You put a leg on them just right and they spring into a lope. You pick your hand up a little or sit down deep and they will plant their butt in a hard stop. You move your hand to the side and they're going to turn immediately. Most beginner riders can't ride something like that out and would either gig the horse in the sides/mouth or fall off.

So, for that reason, only my family or people that I personally know can actually ride get to ride my trained horses.
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post #13 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 11:33 PM
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I would let me intermediate rider on either of my horses in the arena. Neither horse is great for complete beginners, however. One is very picky about good hands and refined aids. She's highly trained and sensitive. She's hot, but she isn't malicious. The other is just a brat and will test her rider. Quite malicious, but not as hot. I'd hesitate to allow anyone to take my horses out on the trails. One's a CTR horse and one's an endurance horse... The gas pedal is a little sensitive.
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post #14 of 28 Old 10-03-2013, 11:40 PM
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No, I wouldn't let someone else ride my horse. I don't see the point to it - I certainly wouldn't feel pleasure at it.

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post #15 of 28 Old 10-04-2013, 12:21 AM
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Would I let a newbie horse rider ride my horse?? Depends on horse,I have one I would probably let a green rider on with my supervision,the others no!The other horses one is 2 green, other is well broke but too many buttons for a newbie they would just confuse her.
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post #16 of 28 Old 10-04-2013, 02:04 AM
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I'm currently horse-less but overall it would depend on the person. I'd happily let any one more experienced with softer hands ride my horse, as well as a handful of horsey friends that i would supervise while just doing the basics. But under most circumstances i'd have to say no. I'd be training the horse and wouldn't want to some to accidentally muck it up.

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post #17 of 28 Old 10-04-2013, 02:19 AM
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First, my horse isn't suitable for beginners. He might not have the sharpest reactions, but he doesn't react well to imprecise cues or ones that are too hard on him.

Second, I don't see a reason to. He is not a tool for entertainment, he is not a lesson horse. Why would I let somebody just ride him for kicks and giggles? Go to a lesson or trail ride facility, if you want to, but the fact I have a horse doesn't mean that I'm obliged to give rides to people or that he's obliged to carry anyone who'd jump on him.

Now, I have let my trainer to ride him for obvious reasons - he benefited from a more professional rider and I benefited from observing his learning process, and for such a rider he behaved beautifully. I have also ponied my best friend and my brother on him at a walk, and he was just fine. But that's something I do rarely and not something I perceive to be a needed part of my horses life.
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post #18 of 28 Old 10-04-2013, 02:48 AM
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This past year a lot of people have ridden my horse - some with literally zero experience (first time riding), to people who've been riding longer than I've been alive. I don't mind it at all. I'm happy to share my mare with people. Especially those new to riding/horses... it's so fun to see the enjoyment they get from her!

She's super super broke, I'm not at all worried about her being "messed up", especially in one ride. I make sure to be there to explain how to ride her so they don't confuse her or hang on her face, but other than that she'll pretty much plod along for anyone.

I would welcome anyone that wants to drive her too! She's a blast to drive.
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post #19 of 28 Old 10-04-2013, 03:53 AM
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I actually feel it is an important part of a horse's training to be ridden by others, it is too easy to just teach a horse to your own personal aids. All mine can be ridden by anyone who I feel is competent enough, my haflinger Hattie is the easiest but not a novice ride, her daughter is nearly backed so I have only allowed one other to sit on her and my TB is frankly very quirky but still I will let others ride if they have the experience.
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post #20 of 28 Old 10-04-2013, 04:08 AM
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I can count on one hand the people that have ridden my 19 year old. I don't let people ride him.

Same with Baby Huey.

And sadly, the majority of the people I see riding, who have no formal training, all ride with their hands attached to their breastbone...and have no concept of good hands.

So put me down as a no.

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