Over the summer I taught my best friend, lets call her Kay, the basics of riding and horsemanship, enough to get her into being able to take care of her own horse. She started to ride my neighbor's paint, Moon. Well, Moon's owner soon decided to put her shoeing costs on us and feed. It just became too much to handle for the both of us. So we looked for horses for Kay. Finally after months of searching we found a AQH rescue that needed some real TLC. About 2 months ago Toby came to stay in my pasture.
Now granted I LOVE LOVE LOVE him, he is a sweet boy. But he does have his issues, he bullies Magic around and has a terrible habit of kicking, but for Kay I can deal with that.
What I can't deal with is that her and I had a deal about Toby staying in my pasture. She pays me $50 a month to house him, she pays for the food or pays me back for it, and she helps me out when I can't feed or need a hand. Well that was two months ago she owns me roughly about $150-$200, last two Sundays I have needed to get to church early and she 'forgot' to feed all three babies (and Toby is roughly in need of about 25 more lbs).
It's nice having someone to ride with but I don't ask her to buy her own hay or shavings or medications or even replacement tack parts.
So how do I ask her to pay me back without loosing her as a friend of should I just accept Toby as mine?
I love my best friend, Toby too, but when I say something I stick to it. :/
-sorry all my posts are so long :p