Recently since getting a job I had a young girl sign a lease to ride my green OTTB mare. I have never leased my horse out, and
I myself have had bad experiences leasing other people’s horses, so I wanted to be as fair as possible. The girl is high school age and obviously busy with a million and one extra curricular activities. She comes out to ride my horse but that is all she does - get on, get off, go home. Every time I offer her to come spend time with her, shadow farrier and vet visits (she wants her own horse), she says no and it is because her mom is unwilling to drive her if she is not riding.
Point of my post: since I am trying to show this girl the real
World of horse ownership, I want her to be involved with my horse’s care. She nor her mom seems that interested. The other day my horse had an appointment for a physio so she couldn’t be ridden, and the girl frantically texts me that this is going to cut into her ride time. I try and explain to her that we need to think about what is best for my mare.
It seems like these people think horses are little machines to do our bidding… The lease price is low low low and she gets a lot of ride time out of it, but mom doesn’t see the point in coming out to the barn unless it is to ride, and thus Leaser and horse are not creating a relationship, and horse is beginning to resent Leaser. Horse is starting behaviors she has NEVER done before, i.e. Bucking under saddle and after jumps, biting, and bolting when being lunged. Again ONLY when Leaser is working with her, NOT when I work with her (then she is a perfect angel). Saddle, back, teeth, etc were cleared by vet 3 days ago. Vet claims this attitude is behavioral and because of it horse is beginning to scare Leaser
So much that I think that is why she doesn’t come out to the barn…
Please help me find a way to explain to Leaser and mom the realities of horse ownership… In a way that won’t lose me my
Leaser. Because I think she wants this to work but mom is not supportive.