Do You Let Others Ride Your Horse?
On Facebook and in the March ’17 issue, we asked, “Do you allow other people to ride your horse? If not, why not? If so, what precautions do you take?” Here’s a selection of your responses.
No. She’s mine, and she trusts me to take care of her. Likewise, I trust her to take care of me.
Yes. My daughter and a couple of very close friends ride my horse like I would. He benefits from the extra exercise.
No one is allowed to ride my horse unsupervised unless he or she is a very good friend and I have seen that person ride many, many times.
All the time. I have a few friends who
I trust explicitly. They ride mine. I ride theirs. We borrow and share all the time.
Tyra Rhnee Canary
Never, never, never. Sharon McPhail Glover
Nope. My horse is my horse. I do have an extra horse that I let some people ride on occasion.
Generally, no. Good friends can ride my old man horse in the corral; very few get to trail ride.
I have three horses, but I alone ride my Appaloosa. He’s my favorite and has been for years.
No. My horse and I have a special bond, and I would hate for a guest rider to let him do things that would lead my horse to develop bad habits or give him cues he doesn’t understand. A proficient rider might be allowed.
We do not for insurance reasons — and our horses are much more tuned up without novices riding them.