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        06-17-2010, 10:26 AM
    Let's just say the relationship between that family and the trainer who jerked the pony out from under them in favor of another client was a bit strained after that.

    The rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say, was that the kid was competing her own pony as a large, and after the leased pony was jerked away, she had to get a permenent card to take her home grown pony at Finals. Stewards measured the pony as a medium, making him way more competive and way more valuable at the stroke of a pen.

    Beating out the other kid was icing on the cake.
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        06-17-2010, 10:37 AM
    Great story Maura!

    I am confused, you have a contract but it does not cover the anything about length of lease, etc?

    When I leased it always like a rental lease is on an apartment, it said from this date to this date this applies.

    If you are not paying all of the horses expenses I can see the owner wanting to use their horse at times. But I can not see them saying you can not use it and you still have to pay for it.

    Could you work out something with the owner where you are still allowed to ride and show this summer? Doing two disciplines will not hurt the horse at all.
        06-17-2010, 11:08 AM
    Green Broke
    I am strongly thinking about buying or adopting (would prefer to adopt), I know I can afford to keep a horse of my own now with my new job, the only thing that keeps holding me back is the uncertainty of where I am going to end up when I graduate from school.

    When I first wrote up the lease agreement I had a set date of April of '11 written on the contract, the owner then changed it to indefinite, so I guess there was no end date, however it was agreed that it would go at least through the end of the show season as I am a competitive person and wanted to aim for some year end awards.

    I don't have to pay for July which is good.

    Like I said before I had no problem with the owner's daughter riding him and she was going to use him for dressage which is the same discipline as me, the rides were few and far between as she has another horse which I think is her favorite.

    Maura - that is a great story!
        06-17-2010, 11:13 AM
    QH, while I think adopting can be a good idea, if you want a horse you know right off the bat is going to work well for you, I'd suggest purchasing instead.

    I've met very few rescue horses who didn't have issues, some of them serious. They tend to be an unknown quantity, and for a horse you want to ride and show immediately, a rescue isn't a good idea.

    I'd rather see you take your time and purchase the right animal, not take on something out of the goodness of your heart, and regret later because the animal is unrideable or untrainable.
        06-17-2010, 01:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Well I know am not going to get an auction type rescue, I know some people who have gotten very very lucky with the horses they picked up there and others who got very unlucky, and I am not willing to take that risk. There is a rescue near here that does a pretty good job at accessing their horses though.

    I am trying to take my time and not be in a hurry to get back on a horse, but its hard! I am only taking one class this summer so I have a lot of free time that I would normally spend at the barn, and am now spending twiddling my thumbs.
        06-17-2010, 01:06 PM
    Can you spend some of the money you are not paying for a lease and take lessons some where?
        06-17-2010, 05:52 PM
    Green Broke
    I might take one from one of the local trainers, but honestly I don't feel like I accomplish much when its a lesson horse that I am riding.
        06-18-2010, 07:51 AM
    Originally Posted by QHDragon    
    I might take one from one of the local trainers, but honestly I don't feel like I accomplish much when its a lesson horse that I am riding.
    Then you are not allowing yourself to learn something. We (general we) can learn something from any horse we ride. Even an old school master.

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