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 going to 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.