Nothing better than experience to teach us lessons in life.
I know this can be a touchy subject and there are a lot of variables. Some people refuse to let anyone outside of a paid professional, no matter how skilled, ride their horse. Others allow a more open door policy. And of course there is the grey zone of conditional others: friends they know well, barn rats under the watchful eye of a trainer, blogger friends who ride etc...
Had I been asked this a week ago my answer would have been "Heck yeah! I love having others share my horses!" I've generally never really put a lot of thought or restrictions on this. Grandkids of my office manager have taken Gem for a ride in the arena, coworkers' children have come out and sat on Gem, my mom has taken Gem on a long trail ride (she does not have any prior riding experience) and I'm quick to toss the reins at anyone who wants to grab them. In fact, I put out a FB post asking for anyone who wants to join me on a hunter pace and ride Eeyore to let me know. People I have never ridden with before and know little about.
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All this stems from my riding background as a kid. Had my Aunt not been so willing to have me ride her horses I never would have gotten to ride. We lived in suburbia with no horse barns within a drive my parents were willing to take plus we had no money and lessons were expensive not to mention the gear needed to ride. If it wasn't for the generosity of others willing to let me have a ride, I'd never have ridden. I've always felt it was my responsibility to pass this forward and help others out who desperately want to ride but have no means to do so.
Then this last weekend happened and now I'm not so sure about this whole loaning out my horse thing. I don't think I'm ready to hang the no vacancy sign out yet and I'm not in the camp that I worry someone will ruin my horse by riding it differently than I do, but I am going to put conditions on the offer moving forward.
Anyway...there it is. How about you all? Do you loan your horse out to others? Are there restrictions on it? Any advice moving forward if you do loan out your horse or borrow from someone?