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post #1 of 5 Old 05-19-2011, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Partial Leasing for Beginner/Intermediate

What do you guys think? I have recently come upon an opportunity to have a partial lease on a very well-behaved horse. I am, as the title implies, a beginner/intermediate rider (I can do basics, but I don't jump or gallop around). I wouldn't be riding without someone around at any time, of course. I always thought leases were only for people much better than me so I am very excited for this opportunity!
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-19-2011, 11:37 PM
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where'd you get that idea? About leases for folks that were better tthan you.
Nah! Partial leases are often really good situations for both parties. I have been half leasing for years, and it works well for me and the owner. By all means, give it a go, but make sure that you feel you can really hit it off iwth the owner. That's important.
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Leases are a great thing to do if the owner and leasee have a solidly written and signed contract, and understand where each other stand on the lease.
You'll find that your riding will progress more quickly when you've got your 'own' horse to ride, and leasing is a brilliant way to get introduced to the world of horse ownership. Rather than diving in and buying one, then being stuck with it if things don't work out, you can also cancel the lease if things don't work out as you thought.

I'm leasing at the moment, usually I own horses, but at the moment I am too broke to go and buy a quality youngster for dressage, so I'm leasing a horse from a local FEI dressage rider who is having trouble riding him. It's great for me, great for her. Horse is being worked and looked after, I've got something to ride and my skills are being further developed, and the owner doesn't need to worry about paying for him/looking after him etc. while not being able to ride. I've also got the option to by, at a pre-determined price.

A student of mine was a beginner/intermediate rider, but very gutsy and confident. She found a lease, the horse is lovely and quiet and it has developed her riding immensely now that she is able to ride more than once a week, and has to think for herself rather than being told what to do all the time.

Definitely a worth while thing to do - just please, make sure you have a good contract written up so no one gets bitten on the backside.
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I agree! I take two lessons a week, but would love the opportunity to ride even more! Of course I'd like to meet with the owner first, but the BM tells me she's looking for a partial leaser because she currently can't ride.
And I don't know where I got that idea! I guess I have a riding inferiority complex :)
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I am hoping that when I "get" cantering and trotting, I will be able to get into a partial lease. Talked to the stable owner (my instructor) about it today - she thought maybe by the winter this would be viable, and at that point, I will certainly not be more than a beginner/intermediate. (And, to be fair, the stable owner is a very sensible person, not at all flaky...and I am comfortable with her judgment.)

I think someday I might want to own my own horse, and figured that a lease (or partial lease) would be the best possible way to get my feet wet.

So, go for it! As long as you get everything in writing, and the owner is someone you can actually deal with - I think leasing sounds like a terrific idea! (but I have to say this, as a business professor - you should be very careful to get everything, like who is going to pay for what, and when, etc. in writing!).
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