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.