I just starting working with a young mare at a boarding facility and I have4 fallen in love with her. Technically, she is for sale...and I am starting to worry about her being sold out from under me. Initially when I spoke with her owners I told them I was looking for a lease. The mare is a little green so I am continuing her training and keeping her conditioned. She's sat in the barn for about three months and has been getting attention as her primary owner has other horses to ride, and this mare is the lesser of the broke horses and smallest in size. I agreed to cover vet / farrier bills and offer $200 a month to cover additional costs. However, I would ultimately like at least a year lease agreement written. I am putting lots of time and money into this mare and have fallen in love with her... I would be absolutely devastated if she was sold out from under me. I understand the owners wanted to make money off of her (not sure how motivated of sellers they are, exactly) but I am hoping that I can encourage them to write me a lease at 200 a month for a least a year, as I will be training her, showing her next year, etc.
I am not sure how to approach her owners about this... Any advice on what to do? This is something that is really bothering me.