Bit of a rant... (leasing out a horse)

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    09-30-2012, 08:07 PM
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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    09-30-2012, 08:40 PM
Ugh - people suck :/

I got Diamond for free. She was out for a while, and her owners didn't want to take care of her anymore. I was able to ride her - but it was Western, in a tiny enclosure. I just wanted a horse of my own, and we clicked. So I took her off their hands.

It took me 2 years to get her where she is now - In a beautiful frame, on the bit, traveling freely, and will jump anything you stick at her. But I expected that. I didn't get her to have a Grand Prix horse in 3 days. I got her as my first horse, a horse who was a challenge, but a good one. It makes me sick that people are expecting so much from nothing.
My friend got a free horse 2 years ago as well. The horse went from wonderful - easy-going, honest, pretty much vice-less (I was there to try her out.) To a horse who pukes the bit, bucks, won't jump, and overjumps when she does. And? They blame the horse! Say that "because she was so cheap" she couldn't do anything! Now, how backwards is this?

We should start a rebellion. Show these crazy people a lesson...
    09-30-2012, 09:13 PM
Bummer :( Hope you find someone that's right for your guy.
    09-30-2012, 09:22 PM
Free is generally free for a reason. In this case paddock condition. People annoy me
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    09-30-2012, 09:25 PM
I know!! I bought my boy for 2600 and put a huge amount of effort into fixing his training holes. Since coming to me he has:

- learned to pick up his feet on command
- learned to lunge correctly
- stopped bucking
- improved straight and circle work
- learned a heap of voice commands
- gone from a horse with whom you had to wear 2 inch rowel spurs to one who moves off a light bump
- laterals improved considerably, he was as stiff as a board at first
- now ties anywhere without pulling back
- ground ties
- washes in enclosed wash bay without fuss
- saddles up without fuss
- can be mounted from the ground or a block easily
- can adjust stirrups and girth while mounted
- isn't fussy about belly straps on rugs anymore
- spookproofed

And he already had the basics like reinback, relaxes his jaw nicely and has great gaits when I got him.

In the process of fixing him I came off numerous times, broke a toe, got concussion, was kicked in the leg and spent many hours and $$ getting him there. And now these people basically want me to pay their bills? I've done the hard and dangerous bit, getting him fit will be a piece of cake for them!

Aw, you got a freebie, lucky thing! That doesn't happen in Aus, even free leases of rideable horses aren't particularly common. But it sounds like you've done a huge amount of work with her too, takes a lot to find and fix all the holes! I'm practically giving my beautiful boy away (the lease is indefinite and I'd give him freely to the perfect home and rider) but with a young family and a significant pay drop I can't afford to pay other peoples' bills for what is essentially a no-stribgs-attached trial. Grrr.

Rebellion, revolution, WAR! I'll take them back in my time machine and have them ride him before I fixed the holes, Muahahaha!!
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    09-30-2012, 10:24 PM
Well if you are so good towards people who want to lease him... If you paid for him to be transported here, then paid his agistment and feed and medical costs, I would ride him for you as a HUGE favour to you!
    09-30-2012, 10:34 PM
Ahahaha!! Aw thanks Chiilaa, you're so generous!
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    09-30-2012, 10:35 PM
I know. I am a saint!
    09-30-2012, 10:36 PM
St Chiilaa, unburdening poor owners of their horses (for a fee) since 1687.
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    09-30-2012, 10:39 PM
Hey, go easy, I'm not that old!

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