I have a friend who has quit riding b/c she's moving. Sold everything except one horse that I am currently leasing. Original plan was for me to ride & train the horse and then sell it for commission. Well, the plan was shot to heck when I decided I really liked the mare and didn't want my friend to sell her. Seeing as how I don't have the money to purchase her right now, we agreed upon a 1 year lease where I have some responsibilities for the horse- board, deworm, etc. The owner is responsible for farrier, vet care, etc. Keep in mind this horse came to me w/ little training. We agreed at the end of the lease I had the option to purchase the horse for a decided amount. Came up with a contract and everything was good to go until my friend decided to raise the end price by $500 b/c she has to pay for things for the horse throughout the year. Also am having trouble getting the contract and I feel she's stalling on the whole thing. W/o the contract nothing is set in stone. Also, I know what she got the horse for and it wasn't hardly more than the price of a small tv. I feel that I should not have to pay what she wants me to being that we're close and I've helped her out in the past. With a close friend, I would give them a heck of a deal on a horse like this...knowing they would give it a good home. I don't like the idea of making money off of close friends. My friend is very spratic and makes quick decisions and changes her mind often. She's supposedly moving halfway across the US. I'm one of her best friends and I am suddenly feeling very uncomfortable with the whole thing. I know it will be hard to get her to pay for the things she's responsible for and I'll probably end up paying myself.
So question is do I stick with it and just deal or get out while I still can??