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post #1 of 2 Old 11-01-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Price for Half/full lease and maybe moving barns

Hi, so lately I have stopped riding totally, but my daughter is still going strong. The time I spent riding is now spent doing my at home job, bills and managing the office part of my husband's job. With all the time I work. I really don't want to drive her around anymore. Also, her(and hers alone) dogs get very lonely and I am sick of sitting with them, so she can go ride. There are a few options that we can go to right now...

1) Stay with project pony, Lennon, who is in Canton (35mins away) upsides are that as long as we take care of him, we can take him to any clinic or show that we desire. Emily's trainer, who she works really well with, is able to come for a really good price (35 per hour) and the full lease is only 150 a month. But the more I've thought about it, her trainer can only get her so far (trainer has only ridden up to first and trained to barely second) and because my kid is a side job, our lessons change every week depending on her schedule. Lennon is a true project pony, he did hunter jumper before we leased him, so we're teaching him dressage (my daughter has never sat upon a horse who actually knows dressage) and he has a huge rushing problem while jumping because of bad training. He also is deathly afraid of water. He's supposed to be an eventer... Eventually.

2) go to a barn run by Betty Lynch (google it for her website) she seems to be a really good rider and instructor, I've never seen her ride or teach before though. She has a large pony for lease. $500+1/2 of shoes + 1/2 or vet bills. This includes three days of riding, one of which is a lesson. Or Emily could take lessons only on her schoolmaster. I think shoes would cost 40 and then vet costs who knows how much... Seems like an unset cost month to month, but realistically it means that we probably 400 for board and care and then 160 for lessons. 30/35 mins away.

3) ride with Lauren from Big Time Eventing. The horse for lease is a huge warmblood (drooling right now!) It costs (still have to verify some stuff) 600 for three/four days of lease one of which will be an added 60 for lessons. So about 800, still have to make sure, a month. However Lauren is an amazing trainer, any horse she likes pretty much has to be amazing, she could take Emily to a lot of stuff.

The main reason I'm asking is because Emily now might have a real (trained) horse, or option, to ride but the most I've ever payed for a lease is 350 plus 160 for lessons... And now we have about 600-800 dollar option for a month! I'm about to faint! So... What would you do? I will edit this later for clarification on Lauren's prices.
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post #2 of 2 Old 11-02-2012, 12:18 AM
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Traditionally a full lease fee would be 1/3 the cost of the horse's purchase price per year. Often month to month leases are more, but not always. PLUS the horse's expenses. $600 a month for a half lease on a nice horse really isn't a terrible deal.

I think the question you're going to have to ask yourself is, how serious is your daughter about moving up? While the project pony is the best financially there is something really valuable in riding a schoolmaster with a very good trainer. It is just so much easier to learn dressage on a horse that already knows it... If the pony was the only thing you could afford I'd say, good luck and work hard. But if its financially possible for you to spend more and your daughter is serious, id say just spend the extra. I've seen so many talented riders get held back simply because they didn't have the right trainer or a capable horse.
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