07-13-2012, 03:51 PM
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Last year I leased a horse, and the owner allowed me to sub-half-lease him to another girl at my barn as well.
She was in high school, and I think she was one of those kids that liked the idea of horses much more than the actual reality. She only rode when she was taking lessons, and more than half the time she cancelled her lessons because she had a headache or a bad day at school or some similar excuse. She was extremely timid, which was OK as long as I was riding as well, but later in the year I had to travel for 2 months for work, and she was the only one riding him. He learned that all he had to do was toss his head a bit and she would back off and only walk him. When I got back on him, that wasn't enough and he started bucking and bolting, which shattered my confidence. Luckily, his owner didn't seem to have any problems with him (at least that she told me about) when he went back to her at the end of the contract.
Now that I own my own horse, I've been considering whether or not I want to make him available for an in-barn half-lease to help cover his expenses, and if I do I'm going to be very picky about who I choose. I suspect I will be so picky that I probably won't find someone to lease him, but maybe the fact that I'd be putting forth the effort would make my DH happier...