View Full Version : Real problem finding a sharer
24th January 2012, 11:38 AM
My Daughter is going through her exams and has a lot of school work, she's finding it difficult to ride and tend to her horse 7 days a week. I have taken over the main caring ofhim, but i work a bit and am finding im exhausted with doing him, working AND looking after a family.
I put an advert on preloved about a week ago, ive had about 800 hits and not ONE !! enquiry.
He's a fantastic boy, perfect for an ecperienced teen or lightweight adult, but is it the time of the year? as i cant believe ive had no response at all.
Ive put the advert up saying he can be jumped, which i dont really want, but if a teen looks after him they usually want to jump. Its for 3 days a week @ £10 a day.
Am i asking too much?
Why no response? is it wrong time of the year?
I'm getting desperate now.
24th January 2012, 11:49 AM
Seems expensive, I used to share a horse for £30/wk and had the horse 4 days a week. Other than that, what kind of horse is it and what do you want the sharer to do? If it's a green horse and you want the sharer to school and progress its education yes you're asking too much- send it away to a producer to ride it on. If you just want someone to keep it ticking over hacking and the like I still think it's a tad expensive, they are helping you out due to your lack of time. Good sharers are very hard to come by. I used to share horses but now have rides offered to me left right and centre and I don't pay anything towards a horse if I ride it but will often help out with stable work. Can the sharer compete/hunt, or are they just limited to hacking and the occasional jumping/schooling session?
If you're short of time, the sharer is helping you out by riding and keeping the horse ticking over so that in itself is payment... I would ask for a contribution towards shoes and see if anyone enquires then, just make sure they can ride and are experienced. Quite often the better riders who are good enough to own their own don't have the money to own a horse, so won't have the money to pay to ride yours...
24th January 2012, 12:14 PM
Remember you have to be a paid member of preloved to answer new adverts. I cant remember if its 7 or 10 days before unpaid members can respond.
Keep bumping the ad to the top and you may get some responses soon.
24th January 2012, 01:42 PM
Personally I think you're asking too much, but that's just my opinion.
I used to ride a horse called Tags and didn't pay anything towards his keep, just grooming and riding him was enough in his owners eyes as she was short of time and had another horse to ride and look after.
Good luck finding someone to share him
I've not seen a post about him in ages, hope everythings going well x
24th January 2012, 04:11 PM
When I was pregnant with mini clip I advertised clip for someone to ride in exchange for elping me out. I had one girl compete him for me for nothing and another girl rode him once a week and mucked out on that day. She rode under my supervision and I ended up giving her lessons. People just aren't interested
24th January 2012, 04:27 PM
I didnt think i was asking too much, other sharers on my yard charge that. I do need some financial help as our livery has just gone up and is very expensive.
He's a 15.1 TB X irish, hes lovely and a super ride. Its not loads of work, just mucking out, turning out.
I could reduce it a bit, but not by much.
I can believe that abt preloved, i didnt read anywhere i wouldnt get any e mails because i havent paid a membership grrr. no wonder i havent then !!
Loz, hes fine, gorgeous and happy at our present yard, just big time constrictions due to daughters gcse's !!!
im sure ill feel better when the nicer weather comes, but could really do with some help. but im not having a sharer that doesnt contribute anything.
24th January 2012, 06:51 PM
Well if you want someone to muck out, turn out etc and pay to ride you may limit the kind of people who will respond, as I said people generally share a horse due to either time or financial constraints and you're advertising the horse due to both. If its financial then consider putting horse on cheaper livery especially if you're picky on who rides/ what they can do when they ride.
24th January 2012, 07:02 PM
I advertised for a sharer for Uva for about 6 months before I found someone, and had to compromise considerably for a short term loaner. I now have another lady share her 2 days a week but she pays me a nominal fee as it was better that than noone.
24th January 2012, 07:25 PM
I had loads of responses when looking for a sharer for Barbie online however they all tended to be people looking for full loans or a something for a beginner 8 year old that wanted her because of her name and completely ignore the 'NOT A NOVICE RIDE' part, so even when you get emails make sure they're actually suitable first. I'd suggest advertising on more than just preloved, there are many places that you can advertise things for free that people will stumble across such as gumtree and friday ad, as well as horse-based ones.
I'm with you in that I don't think you're asking too much, I finally found a lovely girl by word of mouth, we asked for £10 a day but dropped it to £25 a week for her to do three days simply because she does Mondays which doesn't suit her but I really need covered. I know what you mean about not really wanted yours jumped as well, as I don't particularly like other people jumping Barbie but I've had to compromise on that and I trust that Barbie is being well cared for and thats the most important thing.
Good luck in your search, hopefully something will pop up soon. I know when I first started looking noone responded and then loads came at once after a couple of weeks, as well as them continuing to the point I still occassionally get an enquiry a few months on. Try putting adverts up at your local tack shops, feed merchants, riding schools etc.
Horse Mad Mum
24th January 2012, 07:56 PM
I dont think thats expensive at all !!!! You can barely get a decent lesson here for £30 and you are getting to ride 3 days a week, I would happily pay thay, try puttig an advert in local tack shops etc, and there are other websites , that said everybody is feeling the pinch so maybe it is just that , hopefully something will turn up HMM X
24th January 2012, 08:33 PM
I think its a tad expensive, but share prices vary hugely depending on the area and the price of the livery so its probably representative of your yard and area.
I loaned Holly 3 days a week and only paid £20 a week and I could do whatever I wanted with her. If you're looking for a teenager sometimes that extra tenner makes all the difference as round here you can get a one on one lesson for £20 and for a teenager that may be a better option.
Could you not reduce it to £20/£25?
Also to add, Holly's owner found ME on Preloved. I had put a wanted ad up so I think its well worth looking through the wanted ads as sometimes people who are willing to pay for shares get sick of being rejected and are waiting to be contacted. I would also put an ad up on ad trader too! Thats free!
24th January 2012, 08:35 PM
I have put an advert up in all of my local feed suppliers.
I'm just hoping its the cold weather, and the warmer weather may bring out some prospective sharers. It slightly annoys me that people just want it al for free.
Im offering a fab horse here, which is sweet, and a lovely ride, for not too much work in return.
Oh well best just wait and see, I just need someone soon !!
25th January 2012, 08:14 AM
a week is not a long time, its mid winter and £10 a day is high...ask for a round figure of £????? for 3 days rather than daily sounds more appealing.....i would love some help esp in the winter and the right person is more important than the money esp if they are doing jobs as well....
25th January 2012, 02:48 PM
I disagree with asking for the amount for the 3 days rather than per day, it complicates matters if they can't do a day for whatever reason or if someone wants to do an extra day at some point. Daily amounts keeps things simple as they pay for the days they do. I think the cold weather won't help as people want to be able to enjoy their share, which is a lot harder when its cold and wet and miserable and you just want everything done as quickly as possible.
26th January 2012, 12:50 PM
Down in London area prices for sharing etc like that is reasonable, particularly as I know the area where Kim has her horse.
Have you advertised in animal fayre? I know a few people who have found horses on there. I can't think of any other tack shops etc in that area since Chase saddlery shut. You could try College farm over Finchley way if you haven't already? Maybe Janette Moss over Waltham Abbey way too? Maybe try stick ads up in places like Chiltern and Thames mag? Horse and hound, Your horse, Horse and Rider magazines etc
I had LOADS of response on various free horse sites when I put his loan/share ad up back in 2009.
26th January 2012, 02:04 PM
I know a few people that have found sharers by sticking an ad up at College Farm, after all its probably a lot of Londoners most local tack shop (myself included in that). If you ask I'm sure they'll let you stick up an ad on their notice board thing and there are never hundreds of other ads up there so people looking will have less choice, unlike on websites, and find you quicker ;)
26th January 2012, 09:23 PM
Thanks Guys !!
Yep put one up in animal fayre already. Might drop one off at college farm too.
Ive changed the advert to negiotable price now not £10 a day. I really just want someone who's honest, and reliable but mostly kind to my boy.
I honestly didnt think it would be this difficult !
Anyone know where I can buy a arm band for emergencies for XC please?
27th January 2012, 04:26 PM
Equestrian Clearance had some on their site, could try robinsons.
27th January 2012, 06:28 PM
BHS do them
27th January 2012, 07:01 PM
I think it's very true that there's a massive difference in what's charged in different parts of the country but your revised ad seems fine. Good luck and hope someone turns up soon
29th January 2012, 08:22 PM
1st February 2012, 04:50 PM
I shared a horse before I got Scooby and paid half of EVERYTHING. (full livery, full set of shoes, dentist, vet, supps for arthritis...etc) Everything that his owner had to pay out for, I paid half towards it.
For that I got to ride 3 days a week doing whatever I wanted although he was slightly restricted because of arthritis. His owner also rode 3 days a week and he had the remaining day off. Even if we didn't ride on our days we still paid the same amount because if you own a horse you don't stop paying just because you haven't ridden!
Although it didn't work out for us, I think it was a pretty fair amount to pay! If you're sharing the riding and chores equally why shouldn't the sharer pay equally?
5th February 2012, 04:49 PM
Wishful thinking...but whereabouts are you?
6th February 2012, 03:24 PM
the most important thing is agreeing the days..if they only pay when they turn up what happens if it rains on their days and they just dont bother, you get a call saying they are not going to the yard and you end up doing it....reliability and truth is foremost IMO..............
My Crazy Clan
9th February 2012, 02:52 PM
I thought you found someone according to your last thread?
9th February 2012, 04:52 PM
Rhea this thread was made 2 weeks (maybe more) ago.
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