Posted on December 20, 2020
But while they can be great if you consider such a thing, you have to respond with a solid understanding of what is expected on both sides. I wrote about the peculiarities of this in an early post – Share your horse: the Ps and Qs of free rental. These are more of some of the most intangible values. I have the impression that if you don`t like the conditions, don`t de-dered the horse. With a few exceptions, most horse owners I know (including myself) do anything that others might consider inappropriate. But it is the prerogative of the owners to define the conditions under which someone else can ride their horse. Most things are open to some negotiations, but if you really don`t like the deal, buy your own horse! A horse lease is an agreement in which a horse owner allows another person (the taker) to access a horse in exchange for an agreed payment covering in part things such as boarding, feeding and veterinary bills. Owners want riders who allow them to keep their horse (financially) and keep their horse fit and happy. They want riders competent enough not to hurt their horses and that do not disturb the training they already have. I`m on the other side: I`ve rented a horse halfway in the last few years and it works well for me. I don`t have a property to keep a horse at home, and the barn where I ride is not comfortable enough to walk more than 2-3 times a week. Also, no one took the other half of the lease, so I basically get a full lease at half price.
Your article was there. I have only once rented my horse to a mature and responsible lady. It was a free lease and the lady had to pay my mare`s board and make sure she was exercised no less than 4 days a week. I would pay the vet`s bills and Farrier bills to make sure their needs are met. I also expected the lady to keep my equipment clean and in good repair and she accepted all my conditions in writing. However, this agreement worked well for about a month, when it came time to pay my mare`s board for the second month that lady had not paid and which had disappeared without notice. When I checked all the other conditions, none of them had been looked at! Personally, I would never consider that kind of agreement again. I`m sure there are good people, but I`ve never met one. If you like horses and want to ride, save and buy your own.
Another problem I often see is that riders don`t want owners with “their” horse to get confused during the lease. Of course, much of the dispute stems from poorly written contracts, but I think it is inappropriate to prohibit the owner from riding his own horse during a rental period, at least to make sure that everything always goes well. From the owner`s point of view, they want to make sure that their horses are not confused by riders who may not be as skilled as they perceive themselves. In an online discussion on this subject, many sided with the person who rented the horse – that it was “their” horse at that time. I do not agree: there is a much greater commitment to ownership than simply covering costs. Everywhere I go, I hear people say, “You can`t give a horse,” which is almost always followed by “Why steal a horse?” The result is a long conversation with me that explains how the people who give horses do not live in the same world as those who steal them and do not even cross the two worlds. Unless people who steal horses see the free ad of the horse and mosey to deceive the free horse of the ignorant owner who is trying to find a good home for their beloved animal. We get calls every week from people who learn that their horses didn`t land where they thought they were going.