I agreed up until this part
Originally Posted by princecharming View Post
I think leasing is a better way to learn more about riding,
I have only leased two horses in my entire life. The first wasn't a verbal lease, I just rode and trained and cared for this Haflinger. In all my years of lessons, we're talking over 7 years at that time, I learned more with that free lease than I thought imaginable.
Lessons are mainly riding. You pay to learn how to ride a horse.
But you have a solid point, you can definitely ask to learn more about the care side of things.. but you won't learn nearly as much as you would with the right lease situation. Especially if the barn is busy and horses are in and out like gas in a tank.
Oh, and the second lease is my Sky, my first and only horse. He was a work-lease. Meaning, I worked.. and what I would have earned went into him. I worked over 12 hours a day for an entire summer for that horse, and one day he was mine. I learned so much about him during that lease though. About his health, his feet, about cleaning tack, how to take the horse's temperature, about deficiencies and when to call the vet, about stall rest and taking care of a wound, about handling and horse body language. Everything to scrubbing out and refilling the water buckets. Again, more than I ever hoped to learn in all my years of riding. And I'm still learning.
Even leasing for a short month, and then taking up lessons again would be beneficial. It's more than just riding. It really truly feels like you have a horse, without the entire truckload of responsibility.
Just if you do decide to lease, make sure there is a contract and make sure that you and if you live with parents, really look over it carefully.