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post #1 of 8 Old 07-03-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Horse lease question - bill payment

Hi,

I started full leasing a hunter/jumper and am having multiple issues (like the owner letting others ride him when I'm not around in violation of my lease, etc). One question I have is that, although I'm supposed to pay "all reasonable medical expenses" - the second my lease went into effect, the owner seemed to catch up on everything the horse needed that went neglected for a long time.

The issue in question is the teeth float. The horse apparently was way overdue for teeth floating and 4 days into my lease, the owner had the horses teeth done (without notifying me - also against my lease). I now have a bill for $300. I'm wondering if I should agree to pay a portion of this amount -- as the owner should have had the teeth done yearly and I am on a month to month lease -- and am now stopping my lease after 60 days since there have been so many issues.

I want to do the right thing. I always pay my bills. I feel I am being taken advantage of - but I'm wondering what the reasonable expectation is (aka "the norm"). Should I pay the entire bill, since I'm technically in a full lease (although only have partial use of the horse for various reasons) or should I pay 2 months worth of the bill for the time I leased the horse?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-03-2012, 08:00 PM
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I would pay your lease and offer to pay a portion but not all. She should havr checked with you before doing the teeth and should have kept up her horses needs.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 01:37 AM
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if getting a non emergency procedure done without notifying you was against the lease. You have no obligation to pay any of it.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 01:45 AM
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I wouldn't pay for any of that, you just start leasing the horse & it's teeth are being done so she can slough off the cost onto you. Nope, like Joe said, don't pay for any of it, owner sounds sneaky.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 01:51 AM
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From what you've told us, the owner has broken the lease twice. I'd end it as soon as possible and not pay another cent.

Sounds like she is using you to 'fix' her horse.
Now, if she would have notified you and the horse hadn't been without dental work for a prolonged period of time, then yes, the bill should be paid. Dental is routine, but neglecting to do it and then passing the buck onto her leasee? No, I would not pay the bill. You are leasing for use of the horse, not to pay her bills.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 09:41 AM
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I agree your being taken advantage of. She's violating the lease so you shouldn't be responsible. You may want to set that out in writing. Name what the violation was, what part of the lease it violated, and give notice you are terminating the lease b/c of said violations. Attach a copy of the lease with violated sections highlighted and keep a copy for yourself.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 09:44 AM
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Oh and pay what you owe for the lease but not the float. And again put in writing why you aren't paying it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-04-2012, 10:01 AM
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I wouldn't pay. Did you get your lease in writing? Do you have proof that she has broken the lease? If so, use this to resectfully bow out. Contract is void if either the leaser or the leasee breaks the rules.

Next time, make sure to find out if the horse is up to date on regular vet work so you don't get slammed with this kind of stuff. She leased the horse so someone else can foot the important bills and was letting her horse go until she found someone she could pin the costs on.
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