I am just thinking out loud here, sorry.
When I put an ad online advertising my horse for part loan I was not expecting to feel THIS nervous about letting someone else ride and care for him. I am okay with my dad doing it; he doesn't know much about horses but he does KNOW my horse which is what's vital with the type of horse he is. My dad will also text me (or my mum will) whilst I am away so I am always 100% sure that everything is fine at home. This is different. I am terrified about them running off with him, I am worried that they are not going to give him a chance and give up on him just as I think I have found someone reliable that I can trust with my horse whilst I am away.
This agreement will be just weekends (friday-mon at most as I sometimes work long distance) and I am hoping to be able to put him on a livery yard to use the facilities and as a safety measure. I will state that the person will not be able to take him off the property (my main fear is him going missing). I am just really confused to how I go about this, I have never done or seen anything like it before.
Has anyone had their horse on part loan or a shared agreement? I would really like some advice; it is probably very obvious that I don't know what I am talking about here :/
Yesterday, after weeks of waiting for someone to reply to my ad, I got two replies, typical. I got back to the first one straight away; by email and phone but no reply whatsoever. Someone else, who seems a little more novice is also interested and I really want to give her a chance so tomorrow, I will make some phone calls and organise to get my horse on a yard so she can try him out. Is that a good idea? I am terrified about inviting someone on to my own private property to see him... (Just me being terrified about him being stolen.)
So what I am really asking is -
- What do I have to state clearly in the loan agreement?
- and I would also like to know whether it was normal to not want to charge the person any money as they are doing me a favour by looking after him whilst I am away and I am doing them a favour by giving them a horse to ride.
- I am also going to ask the person to take lessons on him until they are confident, is that reasonable? Obviously, they will have to pay for this.
This is the ad - PART LOAN 3-4 days/week (HH-UK-122288) - I also have one on Preloved.
Thank you for reading. If you read it all, kudos and if you understand what I am saying, the drinks are on me! I would be really thankful for any advice.