Are there mums out there with free time during the day who would exercise a pony for free?

(15 Posts)
zirca Fri 05-Apr-13 20:35:04

*If I were you I would be very careful of charging.
Not sure exactly how you would stand legally, but are you insured to hire out your pony for a fee? What if the hirer falls off and sues you for damages? What if there is a road accident and the drivers sue? I think the legality is different if you are charging for the use of your pony, rather than someone just riding it for pleasure.*

Sharing is perfectly legal and ok with insurers. So long as what the person pays does not exceed the cost of keeping the horse, it is not seen as hire or reward. I was only wondering about charging as someone above suggested I should.

ruby1234 Fri 05-Apr-13 18:49:04

I exercise other people's horses, but always stipulate 'no money either way'. I advertise occasionally (if short of a horse) in the local saddlers, explaining my experience and horsey requirements. Am always inundated with offers.

If I were you I would be very careful of charging.
Not sure exactly how you would stand legally, but are you insured to hire out your pony for a fee? What if the hirer falls off and sues you for damages? What if there is a road accident and the drivers sue? I think the legality is different if you are charging for the use of your pony, rather than someone just riding it for pleasure.

Sorry, don't mean to put you off, there are lots of able riders around, they just sometimes take some finding.

newfavouritething Thu 04-Apr-13 22:01:37

I tried to get someone to ride mine and advertised for experienced rider in the local paper - big mistake - I just got lots of people that had only had lessons in riding school horses. I just asked them to catch him, tie up, remove rugs and pick feet out etc. On the phone they were amazing, in the stable most were clueless and didn't get as far as tacking up. Found one girl that used to have her own etc, and all was going well until she got glandular fever and moved back to her parents. So after that essay, would recommend finding a friend of a friend or similar :-)

PanicMode Thu 04-Apr-13 21:50:50

I would! Have been looking for something similar locally (half heartedly as DS4 doesn't go to nursery until next term).

zirca Thu 04-Apr-13 20:47:18

Hmm, so how much would be reasonable to charge then, for unlimited weekday only riding, no facilities so hacking/schooling in the field only? Pony is forward going but bombproof and very safe.

I'd do it if you lived near me smile also maybe an older teenager would love to do it and have the time after school.

CMOTDibbler Thu 04-Apr-13 14:39:17

As a would be sharer, I have to say I am put off by people charging when they put lots of requirements on the agreement. I think if what you are looking for is for your horse to be cared for and exercised to your instructions then they are working for you.
If on the other hand they get to turn up on their allocated days and do as they wish, or thet get more freedom to ride at weekends etc, then its fair to pay

Butkin Thu 04-Apr-13 14:28:42

Never charged people for riding my horses - always felt they were doing me the favour!

TackedOff Thu 04-Apr-13 13:55:07

I would ask for a contribution, just to focus the rider's mind and ensure that they are serious. If they don't pay you may find they just turn up when they feel like it and never when it's cold (happened to me last year!)

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 04-Apr-13 13:15:06

Id imagine that youd find several people even if you asked for £! Im planning on advertising for a share for DGiantShetland soon, and Ill definitely be asking for a small contribution.

DreamySleepyNightySnoozySnooze Thu 04-Apr-13 13:02:14

I'm sure you'll find someone. I have done this with lots of horses - some wanted them working hard/schooling etc to maintain condition for competitions, others just wanted me to hack them out. Some asked for a contribution towards shoeing costs, others didn't. I'm just happy to have a horse to ride!

Mirage Thu 04-Apr-13 12:56:20

I'd do it.Although all I'd want to do would be hack.

MaidMiniEgg2012 Thu 04-Apr-13 11:52:04

I should imagine someone would love to exercise your pony. We are a horse owning family and have loaned our horses out (mainly to older teenagers with abilty to work them properly) for years due to work commitments etc.

I would be careful about who though, on one occasion I allowed a friend of my DFs to exercise my horse and he picked up all sorts of bad habits and developed a hard mouth, so snaffle was useless. DM went mental.

CMOTDibbler Thu 04-Apr-13 11:34:09

Yes, there are people out there - easier of course if your horse isn't a nutter like so many who are up for share !

zirca Thu 04-Apr-13 11:28:15

Or am I just hoping for something that isn't there?

I'm going to be moving mine to grass this summer due to childcare costs, and it will be difficult to get the pony worked on weekdays in winter. Do you think if I did not ask for any £, I could perhaps find a sahm or part time working mum who has a bit of spare time and would like to ride during the week year-round? If they were busy in holidays that would be fine as I teach so could take up the slack then. I'm talking 14.1hh pony here so not tiny, well behaved etc.

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