Advice on loan agreement
Hi everyone, I need some advice - again!
I was given my very first horse on loan and have had him almost 11 months. It's been a bit of a struggle but with the help of this forum, I feel that both myself and my horse are in a really good place right now.
The initial loan agreement was for 6 months and has expired. I live on a Greek island and his owners had to move back to the UK. He's 18 years old so they weren't sure if the traveling, then change of climate would be fair on him and they also couldn't really afford the cost of sending him to UK. I've kept them informed regularly, sent photos etc and they've been to visit him twice and are really happy with the way I've looked after him.
The problem is that the 19 year old daughter is coming to spend 2 months here this summer and will want to ride him. She rode him last time she was here and had him cantering up really rocky paths which I don't agree with. She also told me that he was used to endurance and that she worked him really hard, sometimes riding him for 6 hours.
Where they used to live is near a sandy beach so the terrain is much softer whereas in my area it is quite rocky and I'm really worried that she might harm him (not intentionally of course)
He's had an easy life with me, I ride him most days for about 1 hour, mainly walking, and he's pretty gentle with both myself and my children which suits me as the last thing I want is a horse that is hard to control. If she comes and rides him hard for 2 months, would that unsettle him?
I pay for all his upkeep etc so am I in a position to enforce some rules even though I now have no written contract? I wouldn't dream of stopping her from seeing him but hate to think that he might come to harm or become too difficult for me or my children to ride afterwards. Any guidance would be most appreciated, thanks.xx