You clip your horses MUZZLE???
As in.. to get the whiskerrs off
Its illegal here!!
Sky, it is natural to worry, he's like a child to you!
Don't give a time line on the contract, just put in a clause that if you are unhappy with the way your horse is being cared for, or there is a possible danger to his health, you will withdraw the contract and there will be no lease.
I'd want to see the man ride first, for sure!! Xxx
Yeah I have a clause in there that says no Sub -leasing and all people must be approved by the lessor (me.)
And yeah I don't think Sky's ready to be shown.. and she does jumping and I don't want him to jump.. I just want him on the flat and exercised.. I mean I don't even have a trailer, how is she expecting to get him to shows? I'm definitely dragging my trainer into this as she is more experienced than I am and whatnot.
I also leased out my horse for the first time for the same reason as you. She has been leasing for two months now! I got lucky. I knew the person who's leasing him before I decided I even wanted to lease him out. I knew her from my friend, and she took lessons from someone at my barn. She tried him out for several of her lessons, and when she showed up at a show I was at I let her take him into a walk-trot class, and they really clicked!
I still felt like you though, it's extremely hard to trust someone else with your baby. In my contract (since I board self care and she would be needed to do chores on some day) I had a list of what I was responsible for and what she was responsible for, so there was no confusion. I had a part in for care of the horse, and if for whatever reason I feel she was not taking care of him properly I could end the lease.
As for the boyfriend, I made a point in the contract to add that NO ONE else could ride my horse without me allowing it. It's a liability thing, I know and trust her riding, but if one of her friends gets up and kicks and jabs or straight up falls off... it would not be good.
I also have for shows she has to give me a notice, preferably two weeks in advance. For the first couple times I'll probably help her out at shows just so she gets in the swing of things, but she'd always be with a trainer and she's already been to several shows with me before so I'm not that worried about when she get's there.
Are they taking lessons? I forgot to add it in my contract, but my lessee takes lessons every week. I think it really helps.
Even with a huge contract trying to cover everything there possibly is, I still was nervous when I started leasing him out. After the first month, I saw my horse was being taken care of properly, rode fine (he used to be ridden by me + some... eh.. riders a while ago, in a bad situation, and I could tell they rode poorly from how he started to ride with me, he was completely different!), and he has no bad habits starting, so I was able to relax more.
Sorry for the novel. But to sum it up:
Make sure you 100% trust these people. If your gut feels off, trust your gut. You can NEVER be too careful!
Well I can't tell if it's a gut feeling or me just not wanting it to happen. I rather lease Sky to someone looking for just a pleasurable ride, not show him as a "green horse" what does that mean anyway.. did she mean a training class or...?
Yeah I told her directly "He refused to hop on Sky during the appointment" and she's all "but he's a good rider..blahlala" it's not about that.. it's about how they fit together, right? And if he wants to take him into the wilderness in my dressage saddle (I don't own a trailing saddle) without any other riders.. idk I don't see good things happening. Sky's only ever been on a solo trail ride with me, and it was very short, like 20 minutes down and looped back.
Well I'd like her to take lessons with him but I think she just wants to straight up train him.. cause she's all "oh I can help with that.. I've been riding for 13 years.." I mean Sky JUST learned about leg yields and trotting serpentines straight so it'd make more sense to progress slowly from there rather than try to rush him into a discombobulated canter or teach him to jump or whatnot.
I'm definitely going to see if my trainer will come by this weekend just to sit in with them and I, and maybe another close friend at the barn too.
It'd be a different story if she just wanted to ride him for fun, not.. in shows or whatnot.
Thanks for reading my babble :P I'm glad I'm not the only one that has felt this way.