When does it become a lesson??
So I have a back injury and am seeing a chiro. He says I cannot ride for a few weeks. In the mean time I have a friend that is willing to ride for me. However, she is pretty beginner. Unfortunately, I cannot pay to have someone ride my horse and all my more advanced friends are out of state or driving distance ATM.
I am comfortable letting my friend ride my horse as long as I am there and can give her pointers. Mainly this has been at the walk, I've showed her the work I've been doing disengaging the hind end and really working on leg cues. However, today she wanted to trot. My horse is green although well tempered and she is a beginner. No one was there today so I put a lunge line on and let her trot. I gave her pointers like 'heels down' or 'quiet hands'. Then we were done.
My issue is, there is a trainer at the barn and I don't want her thinking that I am starting to teach lessons. I am taking NO pay and recieving NO reimbursement except someone to ride my horse. The trainer is also BM and knows of my injury, has been really excepting and knows of said rider. All liability waivers are signed and rules are followed.
So when does it go from pointers to lesson? My BM is a stickler on insurance and liability. I don't want to make an issue where she says I need trainer's insurance.
Here's a little tidbit you might want to read
Back in the dark ages, I taught riding lessons at the hunt barn.
To beginners. On ancient schoolies that would trot endless circles at little more than a shuffle. On a longe line.
One day, the oldest and most infirmed schoolie, had an absolute beginner on his back.On the longe line. I clucked. Three trot strides later, he launched the little tot sky high, for absolutely no reason any of us could think of.
This horse was Mr. Dependable. You could weigh 300 lbs., hang on his mouth, bounce on his back, pull on his tail, stick your finger in his ear, you get the idea.
Now, imagine that your friend has a spill and breaks something and has to be off work for 4-6 weeks. Think your trainer's insurance will pay? Nope.
Think your BO's insurance will pay? Nada.
Guess who she is going to want to take care of all her expenses?
I don't care what kind of a liability release you have her sign, won't keep anyone from suing you, and even if she loses, you still have to pay your lawyer.
Better if she pays for a lesson from your trainer, or you just pay the trainer to ride him.
And if he's quiet, he won't mind just being a horse until you heal.