Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Do you normally pay for other costs (ie. Food, farrier, vet, dentist) on top of the $300? Or is $300 a flat fee you agreed on?
If you don't normally pay the farrier then I don't think you should have to pay for this. If this is an ongoing cost then at the end of your current contract the owner can negotiate a raise in price to compensate.
If you are responsible for these fees then I think that you should be bearing part or all of this cost, as in a full lease the conditions generally are that the horse is yours to do what you like with, but you have to pay for it. Although with such unforeseen problems, it may be reasonable for the owner to contribute.
Although it does sound like there are some problems here. Not just her feet, but her back, which can take a while to heal. You should also look at the cause of the back pain because that needs addressing.
Like others have said, its not your problem what the owner can or cannot afford. By choosing to own this horse they are committing to the costs of this horse. If they can't afford it they shouldn't have it.
$300 is a lot a month - I'd be reluctant to pay this much to lease a horse you don't particularly like, so be sure you want the TB.