I recently began a work trade lease. I work at the stable on the weekends. My list of chores is extremely long, but I manage to do my morning chores in around 3 hours, with the longest part being stall cleaning. They require the stalls to be picked through, scraped free of all urine, re bedded, have a hay spot swept, and have dinner hay placed and waters filled. I clean 8 stalls as well as doing my other chores. This is very hard work, which I was aware of when I signed up because I have experience with horses and stable work.
However, I am unpleased with the amount of work they are making me do for what I am getting.
I chose to do a work option because I am a student trying to support myself and do not have lots of excess money. So far I have had to pay $40 for a lesson and it was 50 minutes of ground work, and 5 minutes of me demonstrating being able to do a one rein stop. I haven't been on my lease horse since. I go and do groundwork with him, weather permitting. I asked if I could ride in between these mandatory lessons they are making me take and they told me that they want the lesson giver to sign off on me first. It seems like whenever I go to have a lesson, something comes up and it gets put off another week.
I have been working at this barn for a month and have only been on my horse for 5 minutes (not an exaggeration, the actual time!) and I feel so used and cheated through this agreement.
Do I quit?
If I do, how do I do so politely?