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        06-09-2013, 07:02 PM
    Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
    After you're done lessons, is there a way to ride horses without owning one?
    You can lease a horse... but one is never really "done" lessons. It's a never ending learning process, even for seasoned riders. :)
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        06-09-2013, 07:02 PM
    Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
    After you're done lessons, is there a way to ride horses without owning one?
    Yes, you can lease. There are different types of leasing that involve different amounts of responsibility from the leaser, and it can still vary from person to person, but basically leasing is when you pay to use a horse. Sometimes it's more like owning them for a certain period of time, sometimes the most you get to do is ride them on certain days of the week, it all depends on what the contract between you and the horse's owner says. You pay a certain amount of money to have those rights to the horse for a certain amount of time, essentially.
    I definitely recommend leasing before buying. It gives you a taste of what it's like to own before you commit fully, and it's more cost effective. Sometimes people buy the horse after a lease, if they really like them, too.
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        06-09-2013, 07:08 PM
    And how much does leasing usually cost?
        06-09-2013, 07:11 PM
    Depends on what is included in the lease. They can be really inexpensive or really expensive and everything in between. If the lease doesn't include feed and board you have to figure that in too.
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        06-09-2013, 07:15 PM
    When you have time, you might want to go and browse horse ads in your area to see what horses are selling and leasing for. I always try to keep a decent idea of what the market is around me, just in case- then, when you're feeling ready, you can make a really good pitch to your parents. That's what I did, lol.
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        06-09-2013, 07:16 PM
    Slightly off topic:
    How can you get involved in horse racing?
        06-09-2013, 07:53 PM
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    Yes, you can lease a horse. The terms vary, you can do anything from 2 days to a full lease (6 day). Cost will vary depending on the training the horse has. It will be cheap to lease a horse to putt around on then a horse who is showing and winning at rated show. If you lease from private owners they may require you take 1 or 2 lessons a week with their trainer or share in the cost of vet/farrier bills. If you lease a lesson horse they may just charge a single flat fee. The combinations are ENDLESS with leading.

    Another way to go about it is catch riding. If you build a good reputation and ride well a barn my let you school (brush up training) or exercise their lesson horses. Get in good with owners and they may let you jump on their horses when they can't make it. Opportunities ARE there, you just have to find them!!
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        06-09-2013, 08:05 PM
    Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
    And how much does leasing usually cost?
    I know people who spend $350 a month leasing random school horses all the way up to to several thousand a month for a decent show horse. It's going to depend on where you live, your barn, the type of horse, the training and what you want to do with it. :)
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        06-09-2013, 08:14 PM
    This is a purely opinion question:

    What do you think looks good on male riders? Pictures and/or links are helpful.
        06-09-2013, 08:34 PM
    Sugar, you're worrying way too much about what other people think. I mean, you should see how I look when I go to the barn somedays, and then leaving I usually look worse. Personally, I love a man in good fitting Wranglers, a button up, cowboy boots, and a ball cap or cowboy hat. But, that's just me. It doesn't really matter what you wear when you're riding, none of us really care. And the horses sure as hell don't, and that's all you should be concerned about.

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