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        08-09-2009, 08:32 PM
    I don't know what to do.

    Ok here is my predicament.
    I asked my barn owner today if she had any horses for lease and she said "yes, ofcourse, all of them! Do you have an interest in any?" and I told her "well, I only really know Hailey, I don't know any of your other horses." But I like Hailey so I asked how much it would be, and she said 275 for 2 days or 375 for 3 days.

    Alright,..... the predicament!

    This barn, with this horse I KNOW and ride well with, is 10 minutes away. It is the closest barn there is and my instructor is great.

    BUT at $55 a lesson and $275 a month for 2 measley days I'd feel like I am not getting my moneys worth/I don't even think I can afford that (I'm not good with numbers and haven't worked out the math yet)

    Heres my other option,

    There are TONNES of other horses for lease, BUT they are all 45 minutes to 1.5 hours away.

    But alot these horses sound great, and are well priced
    Ex. $150 for 4 days
    Or another one was $100 for 2 days or $200 for 7 days.

    These seem so much more reasonable, but are so far away and I couldn't work with these horses with my instructor. If I were to lease one it would be like "on the side" riding time.

    Do you think it would work out to take lessons at one barn, and lease at another?

    I don't know what to do! I can pay more for convenience, or much much less, for something very inconvenient.
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        08-09-2009, 08:34 PM
    Ps. I asked about working off some of the lease and b/o said that they only do that through the summer time.
        08-09-2009, 08:35 PM
    Did your BO mean 2 days a month? Or per week? Most leases I've seen around here go by price per month for days per week. So for example, $275 per month to be able to ride 2 days per week. That much for 2 days per month just doesn't sound right to me.
        08-09-2009, 08:51 PM
    Oh yeah I meant per week. Sorry I didn't specify per month or per week. But whenever I said "X days" I meant per week.
        08-09-2009, 09:17 PM
    I used to drive about 30 minutes to get to where my leased horse was. It wasn't so bad. Although now my horse is boarded less than five minutes away and that's really nice. Do you have the time to get out to these far away barns several times a week? Also you need to think about how much you will be spending on gasoline and add that into the equation. You could end up spending an extra 40 or 50 dollars a week getting out to see these horses.
        08-09-2009, 09:46 PM
    Right now I am super unsure of what my schedule is looking like. (and therefore am unsure about how much money I will be able to make)

    I know that Mon-Thur I will be in school from 9AM to 12:30PM.

    And I know on weekends I will be at work. And I will be working at least 1 week day 3:30PM to 12 AM, however that will more than likely 2 weekdays.

    So.. Let me see. I will have about 3 days a week to myself (after 12:30PM)

    So I could probably handle a 2 or 3 day lease, and then a lesson every friday morning before work when I don`t have school.

    God I hate trying to work this stuff out. It`s been stressing me out. Haha.

    Is it reasonable to have lessons on a lesson horse and then ride your own leased horse on your own time? Or is it better to have lessons on your lease horse, and just stick with that horse for everything you do?
        08-10-2009, 12:34 AM
    55 bucks per lesson?! Holy mother of Christ. How long are your lessons? It's about $30 per hour around here. Jeez Louis.

    And yes, I think the price is a little outrageous just for two days a week. That means you get to ride eight times a month and pay 275 bucks. You'd probably be better off just taking lessons if you could find some cheaper. Are you sure you couldn't find a cheaper place to lease that's a little closer? You could also consider a partial lease if you found a place that offers it. Look on Dreamhorse or Equinehits. I'm sure you'll find something.
        08-10-2009, 12:38 AM
    How much is board? What if you free leased a horse and brought him to you? It would be more but it would be close and you could ride anytime you wanted.
        08-10-2009, 03:26 AM
    I'm pretty sure board is like 500 or 600 bucks or something.

    The problem is I live in Vancouver, a big city (For those who don't know...0.o I hope there aren't many.). So there are no horses. You have to drive to the outskirt towns to find any... and yep. They are far away.
    There are two areas in Vancouver with horses, each has about 3 stables to choose from (As far as I know). All of them charge $55 or more.
    I was paying $55 for half an hour, but I hated the instructor and switched to somewhere closer, and cheaper, as I now pay $55 for a full hour (and my instructor is great)

    Again, I could get cheaper lessons if I were to drive out of the city about an hour (just as I can lease a horse much cheaper) But I like my instructor and want to stay loyal to her. HOWEVER, I do want to lease a horse and can't afford a "city horse" haha.

    So, What would YOU do? >.<

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