need advice for a bad situation
I am so stuck here I don't know what to do anymore. My main horse, vini, is a lease horse. I signed with his owner for a 6 month contract where I board him and pay expenses. I don't mind doing this at all, I think it was a great learning experience. I have had him in my pasture since the beginning if January, and through spending hours at the barn daily, have gotten to know him very well.
Well yesterday he decided to charge my goat for no reason. And after I chased him away, he tried to charge me. He is fine, no medical problems, probly because he was just let out of his stall and had recently eaten oats. I managed to catch him and out him back in his stall.
Anyways, I called his owner and she came out to see if she could make some sense of this.she comes out 2 hours later with her cousin and immediately went to work punishing vini. I have never felt so bad in my life! They wrapped the chain of the lead line around his nose and continuously pulled down very hard ( this I sometimes do with less force if he is being rude). Then they brought him out into the pasture and used the end of the lead line to whip him. He was so scared. They did this to him for at least 5 minutes.
It was not my intention at all for them to hurt him. I feel that a bad action should be addressed immediately, not so long after. My dilemma is that I cannot make her stop hurting vini, he is still her horse. I offered to buy him from her but she refused. I don't know what to do! Every other time she has came out she has been very rough on him. Advice anyone?