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post #1 of 7 Old 06-16-2011, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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What to look for in first lease?

So I am looking at leasing my first horse (one or two rides a week, depends on asking price)

Some back ground story:

So I am a nervous rider, and it's gotten to the point just my once a week lessons are not doing what I need them do to boost my confidence. I can walk/trot any horse, but can only canter one without freaking. And since the show forms came out and I am to old to enter w/t and need to canter, I decided to use my show money to get a lease, that I can take what I learned in lessons and apply to the horse, and just boost my confidence.

I am the type of person who needs to just get out and do stuff on my own, and figure some stuff out, so I know if I can find the perfect horse, and get my confidence boosted at the canter, then I will be able to apply it to any horse.

I am looking for an old school master, so what sort of things would be good for me?

I know I need w/t/c, flying's, calm forgiving horse, been there done that. Anything else important? My instructor thinks she has found my the perfect horse, but I want to know exactly what I should be looking for when I go for the test ride.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-16-2011, 12:50 PM
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First of all, look for something calm and trained, so you'd enjoy your rides. I assume tack will be included into the lease.

Another question to ask: what if the horse becomes sick for while. Will you get your money back? Will you get to ride a different horse? I personally run into this issue while back while leasing: paid for whole month, horse got some bumps on back (whatever it was - allergy or what), so couldn't be ridden for 2 weeks. Never got my money back nor another horse to ride, so was a full waste for me. Needless to say I didn't extend my lease for the next month after that.

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good point on making sure you always have a horse available..I am about to lease an 'arab/appaloosa gelding and drew up the lease agreement but did not even think about that point. Thanks!
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-16-2011, 07:19 PM
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good point on making sure you always have a horse available..I am about to lease an 'arab/appaloosa gelding and drew up the lease agreement but did not even think about that point. Thanks!
Sure! I'm sure there are other things to think about too. I was totally inexperienced when I leased mine, so I just leased without thinking really.

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If you are (fully) leasing a horse, that means you are the primary rider...which means you should be riding it more then twice a week. The costs to a full lease versus a partial would be quite different, and be more towards a few rides a week.

What about co-boarding the lesson horse? That way you are getting the extra rides in a week, but not having to worry about vet or farrier.


If you get the lease, you definitely want a been there, done that horse. You might not be able to get a free lease on him/her, because of the amount of training that has been put into them. Even though you want to be able to learn things on a horse, s/he also can't be too far above where you are at, as it is easier to give them mixed signals.


I think you might be better off trying co-boarding for a while if you can, just to start out with...and then move up to a lease.

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-17-2011, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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I am only looking for a part-lease, not a full one, my fault should have made that clear. So I won't have vet or farrier bills, just be someone to provide extra money/exercise.

Kitten_val: Never thought of the whole sick deal, thanks!

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-17-2011, 08:26 AM
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Your situation sounds like the best option might be to see if one of the lesson horses where you ride might be available for lease.

This will allow you to lease a horse you already know at a facility that you already know. There will likely be instructors around at most times so you can get help if you get in a bind, etc.

Many lesson barns do have this type of lease available on some of their schoolies.
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