Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bit of a rant... (leasing out a horse)
Apologies in advance for ranting, I need to get this off my chest...
So, as some of you will know I'm moving states in a few months' time and won't be able to take my horse with me for financial reasons, at least at the moment. I'm therefore offering him for free lease or sale.
I've had plenty of interest to free lease and had two separate parties view on Saturday. I made it very clear both in the ads and over the phone that he's in paddock condition and needs a confident rider.
Anyway, so Brock behaved splendidly despite the wind, but Person A, an adult, didn't turn out quite as confident and horsey as I'd expected, and was too nervous to trot him. Person B went really well with him, though.
Now B has got back to me saying that he needs work (yes, well, he's in paddock condition!) and her parents wouldn't be willing to pay his bills until he's fit, but she's happy to keep him at hers and ride him if I pay the bills, then she will make up her mind to lease him once he's fit. Ummm?? If the lease were set in stone (I.e. already signed) I'd be willing to consider that but to lend my horse and cover his costs, when the person may not end up leasing him and when no one else can look at him seems pretty weird...but I've been informed that her parents aren't actually getting her a horse, so it's a definite no-no.
I have others interested so hopefully I get some people who are genuine and realise that a free lease is a **** good deal, especially now that it seems my fixing of his training holes has been retained. He's max 2 mths work to get back into full fitness, and he's perfectly rideable until then. I've also told all interested viewers that I'd be happy to provide a buy option in the lease where I'd consider dropping the (already reduced) price considerably to reflect the work they've put into him...
Anyway, people seem to expect a hell of a lot for free these days. I should have tried for a deal like that rather than bought my own horse (note, when I bought him he was in paddock condition - I didn't mind, I just rode him into fitness and tailored his diet and it didn't take long!).
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