I am in for about a month on leasing a school pony on which I was riding regular lessons for a year and a half prior to lease.
My instructor and stables gave me a thumbs up on leasing her 3 times a week since she was a dominant mare and wasn’t very tolerant to small or not confident kids/teens.
Since she wasn’t a good match for pony camps they started to look for a lightweight adult to ride her instead and that is how I ended up riding her in lessons in a first place.
We get along well with the pony but recently I discovered that along with a horse I have also “leased” a hater. Turns out there were 2-3 kids who were up for riding her before the lease (just in a group lesson so no extra money for a fixed horse or anything else). Most of them turned around nice and wish us well but there is one individual who seems to resent me for leasing the pony on this one day when she had a lesson on her.
It all started small with her looking daggers at me every time we cross path or feeding the horse treats while completely ignoring my existense a few steps away.
Last week she started to mess around with the gear. Things like tangling a bridle into a large messy knot and hanging it back on the bridle hook or turning stirrup leathers the other way around and twisting them in knots. All the gear still belongs to riding school so I have no way to hide it into a locker or bring with me.
I am in the process of buying a better saddle to replace the school one but the thought of her extending her spite towards the freshly bought gear doesn’t sit nice with me.
I know teens and pre-teens might fall into a narcissistic trap and think it is fine to bully someone into their bidding (i.e. me stopping the lease on the day she was riding her in the group lesson).
Things to consider:
- I am 30+ old. Have dealt with bullies in school but receiving it from someone so young leaves me in a confusion.
- Pranks she is pulling so far are mostly annoying but I don’t know how much I can trust her to not go any further (I.e. cutrying breaks on my bike or ruining my backpack :o).
- Horse I am leasing gets a lot of care and attention (at least 2 hours of planned training (warming up, cooling down, riding and ground work, quality time, grooming, massage and what not).
- For now I am considering taking pictures of “accidents” and will hold on to them until a certain count (6-7?) before presenting them to riding school stuff.
If someone has any advise to share please do