RE: [RC] Sharing Expenses - Val Nicoson
Additional inputs regarding sharing expenses: My
friend often trailers me and my horse to various
training rides and such. She lives only a few miles
from where my horse is stabled and if she has room is
happy to do the hauling.
Yes, I have my own rag-tag truck/trailer but we often
ride together so if there's room (occasionally we take
another individual) we usually haul together and share
expenses. If there is no room I have no objection in
hauling my own horse.
As the one being picked up I usually try to pay for
gas (either on the way to or from a ride...which
involves filling her tank) and/or offering to buy
lunch for her and her daughter.
Since my mare has been recovering from a stifle sprain
she has allowed me to ride her horse while she's doing
training rides on her younger horse. She gets the
opportunity to see her primary horse in action and
keeping him conditioned at the same time (allowing me
to continue riding and staying in the saddle). I
still try to offer to pay for the gas if the drive is
very far to any ride site and the last time we went
together she suggested I just pay for her lunch rather
than the gas.
Did go with her to Oak Leaf Run in Michigan to learn
crewing duties. Offered to pay for gas but she
wouldn't let me as crewing was to be my part in
contributing to the trip.
Believed it was frustrating for her as I was learning
how to do things at a ride for the first time...things
didn't go smoothly as she was mainly/solely
responsible for most things, including her daughter,
but learned some and hopefully will be of more help
next time :-)
She did a RO pull and thus I did not have the
opportunity to learn more as she wanted to get
back home. Am hoping future opportunities will
present itself for further education on crewing for
someone. Must say though that the folks in camp were
great...friend went out on the ride while it was still
dark and upon first light having already loaded the
truck to be prepared to drive to the VC discovered
that her truck had a flat and didn't know where her
spare was (if you're not familiar with one of those
crank up spares hidden from view). Fortunately
someone was kind enough to get me with the gear out to
the VC and another got me back to camp as my rider
pulled before the VC). Thanks to everyone who helped
out with the transportation!
Normally I clean out my gear from her truck/trailer
and then go home. Have offered to help her clean
the trailer and such but she has her "own methods/
ways" and prefers doing it herself. We all have our
own individual methods...especially since we're both
in our late 40s.
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