Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: *perpetual overcast*
• Horses: 0
So basically the lady who owns the horse that I half-lease told me that sometime in the next handful of months, she and her husband will be traveling down to Nashville to see about eventually moving down full-time. She said she might bring her second horse with her, but that she won't bring the horse I'm leasing because she knows that she isn't good at adjusting to new barns well. She essentially asked me to full-lease while she's away, which she said would only be for a month or two until she and her husband are sure they want to take everything down with them. I said 'yes' because the board + everything else is easily manageable and the barn is relatively close to where I live. My only concern is that I should maybe draw up some sort of agreement that she'll actually be back? Like, I thought about it, what if for some wild reason, she doesn't come back for her second horse? Either way, does that sound like a good idea--to have her sign some sort of agreement about that? Even just to make sure that she comes back at the time specified (which, she hasn't specified yet, but if she says my full lease will only be for two months, I don't want to get trapped in a... "I'm not sure when I'll be coming back" kind of thing). I'm not 100% sure that I'm ready to be fully responsible for a horse yet, that's why I'm in a half lease, and if it is too much for me to handle I want to know that it isn't going to go on for an unspecific time.
Second, should I get a vet inspection beforehand? I've been riding her for a couple months and she's been sound, but I thought that there could be a chance that there's something I'm not seeing, that a vet might be able to point out. Ex; my cousins sold their house thinking everything was perfect and then a month later the basement flooded from a broken pipe. If so, how do I do this without looking... like I don't trust her? I mean, I do, but at the same time I've been screwed over by "nice" people before and horses are expensive when something serious happens.