Getting Screwed by Brewer's Owner (Rant)

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    07-23-2009, 06:29 PM
Angry Getting Screwed by Brewer's Owner (Rant)

So I started leasing Brewer around five months ago. When I first got him, he couldn't canter one lap around the ring without having to swap leads caue he got tired. He's 23, and had been out in the field since he was 10 before 8 months ago. Now I've got him in much better shape, he is cantering nicely, consistantly picking up the correct leads, and we are working on his jumping.

So my arrangement was technically a half lease, but I've been the only half leaser so I could ride him whenever I wanted. She herself hasn't been out to even see him in 3 months.

Today, his owner informs me that he is going to start being used in lessons. She is getting paid 10 dollars per lesson that he is used in.

Can I just list the reasons why this is unfair??? The only reason he can even be used in lessons is because of the hours of my life I put into him. And I did it for me, not for some little kid might mess him up! He's not a lesson horse, he's a project! He is MY project! And of course I am not going to see a cent of those 10 dollars, even though she isn't being affected, I am. Now my riding days are limited, and I have an erratic schedule as it is. My contract with her says she has to right to another half leaser, but half leasers are good because they can be reasoned with and bargained with. Lessons are different! And he isn't ready for lessons! I'm nervous about showing him in a Pleasure and Long Stirrup show on Friday! He's made so much progress but that was supposed to be for me, not to line her pockets! I've dealt with her crappy tack that has broken 3 times already and dealt with her horse who I've almost literally had to raise from nothing. And now other people get to enjoy him.

The only reason I stuck with him the first few months when he was impossible was because I was getting a full lease for only 200 a month. But now that its a half lease, I can get a much better horse for a half lease for 200 a month than him. I mean I love Brewer, but I can't stand being treated this way. I know he is her horse, and she can do what she wants with him, but its not fair. Fair won't stand up in court, but I don't care!

Now I realize I've paid her 200 dollars a month to train her horse. Great. While my friends get paid 25 dollars a ride, I paid -200.

Like when I first started looking for a horse, I wanted a fun well trained horse I could mess around with and maybe do a few shows. But then I ended up with Brewer instead. But like I said I stuck with it because it was such a good deal. But now that he finally is becoming that horse, he gets taken away.

Please tell me I am not being crazy for being upset about this :( I am so upset.
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    07-23-2009, 09:20 PM
I don't mean to be annoying but does anyone have comments on this? I am really stressed.
    07-23-2009, 09:26 PM
Originally Posted by kathryn    
Today, his owner informs me that he is going to start being used in lessons. She is getting paid 10 dollars per lesson that he is used in.

Can I just list the reasons why this is unfair???
Welcome to the world of leasing.

You can look at it the way you are now or you can look at it that you got a horse to ride at a very small price and probably improved your riding skills at the same time.

I would go out and look for a better horse with the ability to "fix" a few problems on your resume.
    07-23-2009, 09:28 PM
What do you mean fix a few problems on my resume?
    07-23-2009, 09:39 PM
That's the risk you take while leasing. I've been on both sides and I always look at leasing like Spyder said -- Experience.
    07-23-2009, 09:54 PM
Yup, Spyder is right. Leasing can be tough, but you have the chance to lease really well trained horses and learn a lot! I like to lease. I have been able to lease some really nice horses. Just try to smile and think of how you helped Brewer. Some people can be real asshats, but don't let them stop you. Do the show and have FUN! Everything happens for a reason.

Feel free to PM me if you need to talk, im a good listener. And tell me if you need any help find your next lease horse :]
    07-23-2009, 10:17 PM
*flails arms* Find me a lease! :P
    07-23-2009, 10:57 PM
Just PM me and I can do my best to help you find a lease
    07-23-2009, 11:06 PM
Green Broke
Like others said - that is a nature of the lease. As long as the owner is adhering to the terms of the lease that both of you agreed on - then they are within their right. Good luck and count this as a lesson learned for future situations.

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