My dd loans a share of a pony at a riding stables near us. We split her costs with her owner, an adult who works full time. The pony also earns some of her keep by working in the yard occasionally. My slight worry is that dd seems to be getting by far the best of the deal. She rode at least 5 times a week over the summer holidays, and since term started she's used the pony at Pony Club and and has hacked out at least once, usually twice at the weekend and one weeknight. Her owner only seems to be riding her once a week at the most. Dd always checks with her owner that it's OK for her to ride.
Do you think we should be offering to pay more of her costs? Or should we just take it that the pony will be the better for the work and her owner is probably relieved not to have to feel guilty about not being able to ride more often?
A lady in our village rides my horse about 3 times a week. We don't charge her for this as I'm just grateful that the horse is getting fitter for me to go hunting etc.
When we go away (rarely) we hope that she'll check on the horses, change rugs if necessary etc. Sometimes she jibs at this which makes me a little cross but at the end of the day I just want him ridden when I'm working!
I have a sharer for my horse, who pays a fair amoun (less than half but I'm more than happy) and sometimes (quite often) due to my commitments she rides more than me. Tbh, I am very grateful for a) the cash and b) the fact my horse is getting exercised by someone I like and trust! I think most owners with sharers are so relieved to find a decent one that they wouldn't mind at all that they rode less than the sharer (I've had some nutcase sharers so very pleased with the one I have!)