strange barn rules
Ok so I'm taking lessons at this barn. I don't have my own horse anymore but I have leased horses on and off at this barn. When I first started leasing, my instructor/barn owner told me that I cannot jump on a leased horse unless I'm in a lesson. I thought, ok...I can understand that. It's not MY horse and they don't want me to do something stupid on someone else's horse, hurt the horse, hurt myself etc...I get it. But my friend who BOARDS her horse there was told the same thing. That she cannot jump HER horse unless she's in a lesson. Now, my friend is an adult and experienced jumper. Has taken her horse to hunter paces and taken jumping lessons off and on. It seems a little drastic to me for a barn owner to tell someone they can't jump their own horse unless they are in a lesson, what do you think? Also, my friend boards her horse in the 'back barn' where it is more like partial/pasture board. There is a run in barn back there but the stalls are left open unless the weather is bad or they request their horse to be turned in at night or something. It's less expensive than boarding in the main barn. But my friend wants to move her horse up to the main barn and is agree-able to paying the higher board price to have her horse up there. BUT she was told that she could only do it if she takes weekly lessons as well. That doesn't seem fair. I guess I could see if the barn owner/trainer wanted her to take a lesson once or twice a month...I could see if she wanted the horses in the main barn to be used regularly and not just turned in and turned out and not ridden. But lessons are $40 per. So just to move her horse from the back barn up to the main barn her board would go up $300 a month, then she has to pay $160 on top of that for lessons?! THAT doesn't seem fair...or am I missing something?