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Do you love watching other people ride your horse?

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  • Do you love watching other people ride your horse?

    I do! The greatest joy I had was watching my pro ride my horse in the pre greens. I probably had more fun doing that than riding him in the Adults myself!

    I long for the day when I am a rich old lady who can buy fancy horses for other people to ride.

    When the time comes I will wear a big hat like I'm at the Kentucky Derby and I will cheer like I'm at NASCAR

    Anyone else?
    Originally posted by tidy rabbit
    Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.

  • #2
    nope. never again will I allow anyone ride my horse.


    • #3
      I don't on my young horses b/c I'm an OCD control freak and it's easy to shake a young horses confidence if the person messes up. I didn't even usually let my trainers ride them much. If something is going to happen I want to be the one on them to figure it out/fix it.

      But I do LOVE the feeling of watching someone have a great ride on a horse I put all the miles on once they get past the greenie phase. It's nice to know I made that particular horse into a willing partner that others can enjoy as much as I do. I do screen the riders pretty carefully, though.

      It's probably what I miss most about showing...I don't have the opportunity to buy young ones and bring them along as projects anymore.


      • #4
        No. I let them be used in an intercollegiate show in my region and had to watch them get beat on and ruined.

        One particular girl who jumped ahead at every fence (which you CANNOT do on Ted and is clearly stated in his description) finally made him stop at last fence.

        She whined and complained and said "Oh I can't believe that happened!!!"

        I looked at her and said "Ted doesn't stop. Ted went around at Devon in the Junior Hunters without stopping. Ted just doesn't like his job today," and walked away.

        I do like watching Ted go with the skinny little girl who rides him GREAT. They win everything.


        • #5
          I do!! On my mare who I've had since she was 4, it's an opportunity to be the "parent" and say "Dang, I made that!!" and I love it!! and on my jumper, it's amazing to watch him jump and kick up his hind end.
          Plus, it's so educational with a good rider on them ("oh, so that's how it looks if I block her right shoulder from popping") since I'm such a visual learner.
          I really like having other people get on the beasties if they're riders who I trust.


          • #6
            I LOVE watching my trainer or her assistant ride my horse. It makes me realize what a really nice horse I have. Of course the downside is it makes me feel woefully inadequate as a rider!
            Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


            • #7
              I love it, my horse does great for some of my instructor's advanced students. They take him over WAAAAAY harder stuff than I do, and they all ride better to boot. I imagine he prefers them to me. I get so proud when he does well for them though, almost like they are real critics, and if they like him, he really is a good pony and I'm really not ruining him.

              I just plain love my horse though, so I get a real kick out of seeing him move. It's tougher to do that when you're up!
              Lifestyle coordinator for Zora, Spooky, Wolfgang and Warrior


              • #8
                I very much enjoy watching my trainer ride my horse and put in a nice smooth ride.
                other than that no one rides my horse but me. Period.
                "Perhaps the final test of anybody's love of dogs is their willingness to permit them to make a camping ground of the bed" -Henry T. Merwin


                • #9
                  Originally posted by webmistress32 View Post
                  nope. never again will I allow anyone ride my horse.
                  I'm pretty much like you. But then I had to leave my horse and family back in France to come and live my "American dream". My dad is now the only person I trust to ride my horse. Actually they're both having fun trail riding and my horse is being spoiled like never before... Nobody to bother him with dressage stuff anymore
                  I hesitated half a second before flying my boy to Los Angeles where I live, but he would be miserable in this heat compared to the huge green fields he is used too.... So I miss him a lot but it helps to know that he is happier there!



                  • #10
                    If I did not trust a trainer enough to ride my horse, they would not be my trainer..I really do not need anybody up there unless they know more and/or ride better then I do.

                    I had a TB I rescued shown up thru First years and really enjoyed watching the Pro ride him. God knows I never could. But it got him sold and me another I could ride-but I still enjoy watching a pro school and show that one for me in open classes or warm ups.

                    I like my horse. I like watching my horse do well. What's not to like?
                    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                    • #11
                      I like watching people who are better riders than me ride my horse and I like to hear what they think of him. So far, all comments are promising! I wouldn't let someone I didn't trust ride him. He's my baby.
                      I love my Econo-Nag!


                      • #12
                        I don't let many people ride my horses but if it's someone trusted, like my trainer or one of her assistants, then yes. One of my trainers assistants asked if she could show my new horse later this month and I was like of course! I would love to see him show. Were not ready yet since I just got him a week ago but if she wants to show him then it's only good experience for him -- although he is supposedly an old pro at it..
                        Owned by an Oldenburg


                        • #13
                          I do.

                          I think it's fun watching my trainer ride him at shows. I do all the prep work (schooling, cleaning, groom, etc...) & then stand back to watch Mr Trainer do his thing.
                          "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jenm View Post
                            I LOVE watching my trainer or her assistant ride my horse. It makes me realize what a really nice horse I have. Of course the downside is it makes me feel woefully inadequate as a rider!
                            Totally agree! I train my own horse but once in awhile the trainer at the barn will hop on board and I think to myself "WOW! I trained that?"! but at the same time I know deep inside he doesn't look as good with me on.

                            Oh well.


                            • #15
                              I do! Although, the only people allowed on him are my trainer and two people at the barn who are both very good riders.

                              I've raised him from a baby and shown him for years (he's 16 now), so on the rare occasion my trainer gets on him, I thoroughly enjoy watching him.... (He's my baby....


                              • #16
                                I love watching my trainer ride my horse She gets on him to tune him up frequently, and it makes me realize how nice my horse is. He, of course, is probably thinking "Finally! Someone who knows what they are doing!!"
                                I have a couple of friends who are better riders than I am and they will get on him from time to time, but nobody else.


                                • #17
                                  I taught lessons on my former ponies for many years. I was way, way more nervous watching the kids ride them, but way, way more proud when they did well. It wasn't just that I'd made the pony, I'd made the kid too. Nothing better.

                                  I also liked it when other people saw them go, even when it didn't go well. For a long time people would call one of my ponies "the Couch" as if all I had to do was sit there. After other people started showing her, they soon realized that it took a lot of skill and finesse to keep the so-called Couch from being a complete lunatic. Unfortunately making this point required numerous meltdowns with various kids on the Couch's part.


                                  • #18
                                    My D and I both love watching our trainer ride my Ds new horse. Trainer is a wonderful rider and we actually like to watch her on all the horses in the barn as they look different when she rides them.

                                    As for our horse, D is showing him at 3' this year and trainer will be showing him at 3'6" so that he will be ready at that height when D is ready to step up (hopefully next season).


                                    • #19
                                      i love watching my trainer take my mare around the higher levels. it's good to know i'm not completely wasting her talent but in all reality i get more nervous watching them go than i do riding myself


                                      • #20
                                        Heck no. My pony gives lessons 2 or so times a week. It makes me cringe sometimes. I have to turn away and go back to sweeping.

                                        Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3