Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
This would really annoy me.
To be honest horses are often pretty cheap to buy, its their upkeep and training which is the expensive part. When you sign a lease you are caring for a horse, paying for a horse and training a horse for someone, to a point in time when you give them a theoretically much better horse, or a well fed, fit horse ready for them to spend their free time with. This is why I don't like leasing. It has its benefits for sure and in some situations works out brilliantly, but more times than not, the leasee ends up on the losing side.
I don't know what the terms of the lease are, but perhaps you should revisit them. If you're responsible for the horses care, and perhaps any injuries that are caused during that time, what if she comes out, messes around with him and he gets hurt? Who is responsible? Does the barns insurance cover her considering she is there without your knowledge etc?
When you lease other things in life, like a house, the leasee has rights. For example landlords must give a certain amount of written notice, they can't just rock up. An agent of a car leasing company couldn't turn up and change your car, it doesn't work that way. While a horse is a living animal, I think that the leasee still should have some protection, considering they are the one forking out the money.
I'd have a talk with her, maybe tell her you know she might want to see the horse, but to give her a call so you can meet her out there.