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post #1 of 7 Old 02-20-2012, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Part loaning advice

I'm currently part loaning a pair of horses 2 days per week. I'm only paying 75 per month which is quite reasonable compared to what others charge.
One of the horses is a 19 year old 16HH arabian mare (Gabby), the other is a companion horse that cannot be ridden.
I just feel like, even though we have a contract, and I'm paying a fair price, the owner of these horses is becoming a bit of a...pest. Here is a list of the current issues:

1. He lied about Gabby's age and capabilities, maybe to get me to agree to the loan.
He told me that Gabby is 19 years old, loves to jump and can jump up to 3 foot. She is very fit having competed in endurance racing up until 3 years ago. I spoke to him after one of my days and told him that we'd had a schooling session with trot poles and jumping cross poles, which were only about a foot high at the middle. He then says "oh, on the subject of jumping, bear in mind that Gabby is 21 this year, so I only want you to jump her up to 2 foot."
So...either he's bad at math or he lied to me about her age...2 months ago she could jump 3 foot and now she can only jump 2... bearing in mind she is 16 hands, I really don't think 2 foot is even a push, obviously I wouldn't go behind his back and jump higher than that but...come on....only 2 foot...?

2. He took advantage.
He asks me to do a lot of extra days because the other part loaner goes on holiday a lot. I've now put my foot down about this and refused to do anything other than my 2 days, because I felt like I was being taken advantage of. In my first month of part loaning he got sick and so I did loads of extra days to help him out..but I couldn't help but think...if I hadn't started...you would have been screwed!
Even now, even though I only part loan 2 days per week, I see and care for those horses more than he does, because he constantly relies on other people up the yard.

3. He is always pestering.
Every day that I look after the horses, he HAS to contact me in some way. Facebook. Phone. Text. It's like he doesn't trust me to tell him if something's wrong. It annoys the hell out of my boyfriend, on a tuesday or thursday, if my phone or facebook goes off, it's gunna be the horse owner. And he'll talk for a good half an hour.

4. He kept the "bad gates" a secret.
I only recently found out the gates on the hacks that Gabby is terrible with. When I started, he said "Gabby is amazing with gates!" I thought, great! Went through one, she charged through it and I seriously hurt my leg (in tears the whole way home). I told him about it, and he said "oh yeah..she's bad with that gate, I normally get off or go the other way" Then only a couple of weeks ago he tells me about the other "bad" gates, and said he didn't tell me before because he didn't want to put me off going through them, and if I didnt know about them gabby might be ok. Yeah, that theory worked great for the first gate...not...

5. The yard owner is also a pest
She got hold of my number and talked to me for 10 minutes about the drainage system
She rang me to tell me the horses were looking miserable in the field. It was raining so they were hiding in the corner. She moaned they had no hay. Then went and got her binoculars to then tell me "oh wait...they do have hay..."
The other horse owners are the yard don't like her, have told me to "watch out for her" and get terrified if I accidently leave a light on when I go in the school...
I can see her watching me out the window when I poo pick the field...stop watching me shovel ****!!!


I don't know what to do..is it worth the hassle? But the only other way I get to ride often is by having lessons, which are way too expensive! My riding skills have developed so much and I really enjoy the riding and taking care part...it's just the owner...
Should I say something? Little hints? I want to keep the peace but not feel like he's taking me for a ride.
Thanks

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-20-2012, 12:57 PM
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This person for sure took advantage of you
and there is no way the 19 year old horse is pure Arab
Arabs are between 14:1- 15:hh

good luck

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You honestly don't sound like you're having much fun out there and if riding isn't fun, what's the point?

The old saying is "you get what you paid for...".

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This person for sure took advantage of you
and there is no way the 19 year old horse is pure Arab
Arabs are between 14:1- 15:hh

good luck
There is no hard and fast rule for how tall Arabs are. We have one at the barn at is only 13.2. We've also had them over 16 hands. The taller ones tend to be more race bred and are lovely as endrance mounts.

OP - you are complaining because you are getting MORE time than you are paying for with the lease horses??
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There is no hard and fast rule for how tall Arabs are. We have one at the barn at is only 13.2. We've also had them over 16 hands. The taller ones tend to be more race bred and are lovely as endrance mounts.

OP - you are complaining because you are getting MORE time than you are paying for with the lease horses??
It does sound like that doesn't it? No, don't get me wrong, I originally enjoyed the extra days, then he said "do you want to do wednesday mornings too?" which was just a way of trying to get me to muck out for him in the morning because he normally does it in the evening. Then when the other loaner had booked a holiday recently he just said to me "Oh, there's some dates in the book for you", didn't even ask if I were free to do them, nothing. I said no. Other people at the yard said he takes advantage of anyone, you give him an inch he takes a mile. One of my friends there said to him she could do the girls on sunday mornings if he desperately needed her. Since she said that he's somehow got her into doing them every sunday. Then when she went on hol and she asked him to do her pony, he had the cheek to try and charge her!
It's just a hard decision for me because I'm enjoying the riding time (there is a sand school that I mainly ride in, and she is a beaut in the school, even if it's a slight different story on a hack - she's strong)

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You honestly don't sound like you're having much fun out there and if riding isn't fun, what's the point?

The old saying is "you get what you paid for...".
Trouble is, the riding isn't not fun, there's just been ups and downs so far. Almost all our schooling sessions are great and I had a really nice hack with someone else at the yard a couple of weeks ago.
This is the only way I can afford to ride often and that's the trouble, I'm really stuck between whether it's all worth it or not!

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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I've just given in my 30 days notice to cancel our contract.
Urgh, why is part loaning such a pain in the arse!

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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