Delimma, should I lease?
Ok here's my situation. I had my own horse for a while but couldn't financially afford it at the time so I had to sell him. I have been taking lessons weekly at a local barn but I'd really like to be able to ride twice a week, and that is all I can really ride due to my work schedule - unless there's a holiday and I happen to have off. So what I've been looking for is a horse to lease at the barn I ride at so that I can take lessons on that horse and then free ride/practice ride on my other day off on that same horse. I didn't think this would be so hard to find. The first horse I leased is not able to be jumped so I took a month off jumping so that I could work on the basics of position and whatnot and leased this horse. But then I really wanted to get back into jumping so I didn't lease him again. This was a month to month lease...and this is part of my problem. The people at the barn seem to only want to lease their horses to people who will lease with a 6 month contract. Partial lease is $375 plus half of farrier bill and I've heard also 1/2 of vet bill but I looked at a contract and didn't see that listed so maybe that was a mistake. Anyway, that price gets you 3 days of riding a week, and I can only ride two. So the horse I leased I just paid the $375 and no farrier or vet. Now I am looking to lease a horse that I can jump on and the only one that seems to be available is one of the horses that I LIKE to ride, that I take lessons on. But it seems like an 'inconvenience' for me to lease her since she is a lesson horse. They don't 'work' the horses more than once a day, so when I have my 2 days, that's two days they can't use her for lessons. I wanted to start leasing her this week but couldn't because they are using her for a show this weekend. So I'm trying to weigh my options. If I just took 2 lessons a week, it would cost me $100 a week b/c the lessons are $50/hr. So leasing would be cheaper in that respect. Even if I found a horse for 'free lease', at this barn the cheapest board rate is $500 a month and then I'd still have to pay farrier and vet. A little rediculous for only riding 2 days a week. So, is it silly for me to pay $375 to ride two days a week for a month? Should I just be happy with one lesson a week and that's it? Should I look for another barn that can suit my needs (which I already am starting to do). What would YOU do?!