In a way yes, and in a way no. If I had been feeding for a month and didn't take lessons and suddenly decided to get up and leave, would I have wanted to be compensated? No. But being that I am going to continue to board my horse there, take lessons with her (working or paid), pay her to coach me at shows when Amber is better, and more than likely continue to groom countless ponies for her kids, pull manes, not asking anything in return for those two things...I felt like I wasn't out of line to ask for something. Would I have asked for face value of "unlimited lessons"? Of course not. I didn't think my work was worth a doctor's salary. I still can't see eye to eye with everyone on the "your loss" note. After all, that was time she had to schedule other students and make money while she didn't have to teach me. I didn't take my lessons, yes, "my bad", but I still did the work.
I didn't mean to come off so snotty in my last post, rereading it, I think I was just a little taken aback by the comments of "if you were my boarder, I'd kick you out". I definitely wasn't trying to badmouth my trainer or say that she was trying to cheat me in any way. She's a very busy person and being that I hadn't said anything about it either, I was totally aware that the thought probably hadn't even crossed her mind about my lessons in relation to my feeding.
Cinnamon Whiskey 11 y/o 15hh Chestnut AQHA mare, 2'6 Jumpers