I have been horrible at sharing for my entire life. I can distinctly remember being six years old and asking my mom to make my friends leave because I was tired of sharing my toys with them. Don’t I sound fun?
Mystic thinks I'm cool (if I have cookies)
So obviously I am an obnoxious weirdo about sharing my horses. Coach D has ridden Apollo and Mystic. SP, who started Mystic, rode her and a few of her working students did too. Last spring my friend M rode Apollo and Henry. RK rode Henry and Apollo in training. And that’s about it for the past five years. I was planning to have Apollo be my husband’s trail horse but we all know how that went.
Proof I'm not a total A-hole
I have a good friend at work who had to put her horse down last fall. She half-heartedly horse shopped at the beginning of the summer but nothing really grabbed her. I’m not sure if she wasn’t quite ready or the right horse didn’t show up. I found a lease situation through another horsey friend that she will likely be going ahead with soon, but in the meantime I have offered her to ride Mystic a few days a week.
It took me a long time to decide I was ok with that. Mystic is my best horse at the moment (and by that I mean most quiet and useful, plus she has a saddle that fits) and I kind of want to be greedy and keep her to myself. But honestly she is a bit tubby and now that the days are getting shorter, there are only so many days I can ride (mostly weekends). The extra rides would help manage her weight and it’s probably good to have someone ride her besides me once in a while.
Sharing these views
Sharing Mystic will likely be a short-term thing (unless the lease doesn’t pan out) but I think it will be good thing. I’m not planning to sign a contract or asking for any money, unless it becomes a bit more long term. My friend C will likely be around (she lives on the property) or will ride with Mystic’s new occasional friend, and will report back to me if they’re having any trouble.
Any thoughts for me about horse sharing? Does this mean I’m a mature adult? :P