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    04-27-2010, 09:06 PM
  #1
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Unhappy Advice! How long would you leave your horse before selling?

Alright. So, in the upcoming months I may be away from home quite a bit, if not most of the year. I just turned 16, have graduated early from High School and have a great career opportunity. This opportunity, however, would require me to move across the country. I currently own three horses.

Rebel- 13-14 y/o gelding, tri-colored paint QH
Dandy- 22 y/o mare, flea bitten grey Arabian
Sasha- 2 y/o mare, roanish color (will be flea bitten grey), Quarab [Rebel & Dandy are her parents]

I love them all dearly. I've known Dandy for 8 years and have owned her for 7 years. I've owned Rebel for 4 years. And I have had Sasha since Day1 (I was there when she was born). These three mean the world to me. My passion is and always will be horses. Has been since I was 4 years old. I would like to have a career with horses. [The opportunity across the country is not with horses, however, so I can not take them with me.]

I may be taking a summer job 3hrs away at a guide/packing station for the summer. Then after that, I'd probably be going to the east coast for a few months. None of this is 100% set in stone, but I will know very soon. Therefore, I'm trying to come up with with a few different options in the mean time as to what I am going to do with my babies.

So, here's my question. How long would you leave your horse(s) sitting before thinking on selling them? I would feel aweful just leaving them to sit for months on end without being ridden. My dad would be taking care of them, so they'd have some contact. I know though, that he won't be willing to pay for them if I'm not working with them. I might be in the situation to pay, but again I'm not sure. Then again, I don't want to get rid of them. I'd only sell them to approved homes, though if it did come to that. I don't know, all I want to do is what's best for them. I even thought on possibly leasing them? I don't know how that all works though, so any input on that would be much appreciated aswell! Please understand that I'm not just some kid that has gotten burnt out on her horses and is selling them because I'm not interested anymore. It is with the heaviest of hearts that I even think about this possible decision. Thank you.

     
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    04-27-2010, 09:15 PM
  #2
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I think your best option would be to lease them out on an off farm lease (or on farm if you board). Basically the leasee in your situation would be responsible for the costs of farrier work and upkeep (like feeding and/or board), and then you would be responsible for funding any routine or emergency vet care that was not the result of something the leasee did.
     
    04-27-2010, 09:23 PM
  #3
Foal
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I think your best option would be to lease them out on an off farm lease (or on farm if you board). Basically the leasee in your situation would be responsible for the costs of farrier work and upkeep (like feeding and/or board), and then you would be responsible for funding any routine or emergency vet care that was not the result of something the leasee did.
I like the idea of leasing. Can you set a time limit? Like say I knew I'd be gone for 6 months, could I set up the time frame for 6 months? Also, yes, it'd have to be off farm because we live so far from town. However, we are surrounded by by tons of trails and have a nice arena, so maybe someone wouldn't mind the drive? I guess it all depends on where they live.
     
    04-28-2010, 02:42 AM
  #4
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If you find suitable people to lease, that's great! But if not, it won't hurt them to hang around for a year as long as their basic needs are met :) They won't mind!
     
    04-28-2010, 03:46 AM
  #5
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Originally Posted by Shananigan    

So, here's my question. How long would you leave your horse(s) sitting before thinking on selling them?
Before I even bought my horse, I knew that she was my lifer. So basically if I do decide to go to a four year college on the mainland, I won't sell her. I can't bring her with me since the cost to fly and trailer her to the college of my choosing would be well over what I paid to buy her, and I would have no way of supporting her. I have multiple back-up plans for her, from leasing, to paying someone to pasture her with their herd, to teaching my family how to care for her on our own property, to letting her being used in lessons at the barn.

The only way I would sell my horse is if I suddenly became unable to properly care for her.

I believe that horses are perfectly fine just sitting in a pasture 25/7 (with shelter, feed provided if needed, and a daily grooming). Sure it's a plus if they get exersiced, but most horses will be very content to just be a horse.
     
    04-28-2010, 04:55 PM
  #6
Yearling
If your father is not willing to have them hanging around doing nothing, I would suggest maybe looking for a place to lease them to, and then just keep in contact with them throughout the time to see how they are doing. I would never have been able to give them up if I were you, but that's just ultra sensitive me...LOL.

If you are able to pay to keep them, I'm sure as long as your father keeps them company, they will be okay in the field for a year.

Let us know what you decide to do.
     
    04-29-2010, 07:50 PM
  #7
Foal
Hey There, I completely understand your dilemma---I recently had to move to a location where there are no boarding facilities to complete my degree and will be here for a year, so I am in the exact same boat as you! My horse is my baby and I have had him forever! Leasing is definitely the best option and what I am doing now. The more flexibility you have with the lease, the better your chances of leasing are and by that I mean being willing to let him go offsite, being flexible in how much the leasee pays, etc. Things to consider---would they have to stay in the same city or state as where they are now? Do they need certain amenities, etc?

Also, I don't know about you, but something that became tricky for me was that I am adament about meeting the potential leasee, watching them ride, etc. which obviously becomes a problem when you're on the other side of the country---so advertise the lease well in advance of your move as it may take a while, be prepared to travel back and forth as needed to show your horses to potential leasees or if travel is not an option, ask someone you trust to takeover and "screen" leasees when you're gone.

As for terms of the lease, some folks ask for only board, some ask for board and shoes, other for board, shoes and routine vet bills. In general, non-routine vet bills are always paid by the owner, but it's really up to what you want. One thing to BE SURE TO HAVE IS A WRITTEN CONTRACT with any leasee. This can specify the length of the lease (some folks to month to month but require 30 ays notice to terminate the lease, others do a set time period), the price, when you expect to be paid (say by the 5th of each month) and any other terms of the lease (for example if you have rules, I.e. I require that the leasee take lessons on the horse and specify that they are not allowed to jump without a trainer---really any rule you want can be put in the lease). The contract also covers you legally, should the person be injured by your horse (say a fall) OR should the person neglect of somehow cause an injury to your horse. You can find contracts like this online for free if you search around.

Lastly, something else I have also relied on in the past are friends or trainers whom I trust to be dependable and I think will enjoy my horse and I just ask that they ride them and look after them for free (or sometimes I've even paid them to ride them so many days per week). I have been amazed at the willingness of friends to take my horses on when I have had to be away for schooling (and I am talking months here and my horse was being ridden 4-5 days a week). If you are JUST needing them cared for, perhaps you could even advertise that you need someone to exercise your horses---they ride for free in exchange for a free ride. Of course, sometimes this results in folks loosing interest or not being as dependable, but it could be better than nothing.

Lastly, are you sure you can't take your horses with you? If you can afford to move them, it may be worth it. Perhaps you can't know about the facilities out where you will be, but perhaps you can get there, figure out your finances and familiarize yourself with the horse facilities out there and found a good home for them where you are. I have spent a decent amount of money transporting my horse with me to school, home on breaks, etc. but it was worth it to me and I was lucky enough to be able to afford it.
     
    04-29-2010, 10:02 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by Shananigan    
I like the idea of leasing. Can you set a time limit? Like say I knew I'd be gone for 6 months, could I set up the time frame for 6 months? Also, yes, it'd have to be off farm because we live so far from town. However, we are surrounded by by tons of trails and have a nice arena, so maybe someone wouldn't mind the drive? I guess it all depends on where they live.
Yes, ideally, lease contracts are set up in 3, 6, or 12 month increments. You would of course also have to trust these people enough to come out and care for your horse. I would put in the contract that some sort of regular photo update is required. I would also make sure you have a trusted friend do a visual check up on the horses every now and again and make sure everything is in order.
     

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