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    02-01-2011, 04:55 PM
Green Broke
I understood what Eliz was saying.

We have free leases here every so often. You don't have to pay the owner a monthly fee for the horse as long as you pay for the vet bills,board(that is if you plan on boarding),food,medication,etc. There are also partial lease where the owner takes care of the horse's expenses but you can take care of it and ride,etc.
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    02-01-2011, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
Wow, any time I have leased a horse out it was just for the board amount... or Cinny, half board just because I'm getting a good deal out of it to by having him get more experience from an experienced rider. Right now at the new barn I'm half leasing him to someone who wants to show him halter, maybe do lessons and in return she mucks his stall a few days a week. I would feel guilty having her pay more than mucking his stall 3 days a week because in the end, I'll have a better horse with the work she will put in to him.
    02-01-2011, 06:51 PM
Just be straight up with him, the horses he's looking at are not in your price range. Where I am theres tonsssss of free leases. You should try looking into those. Theres work to ride, and pay half of expenses. Not all of them, otherwise just buying the horse would be easier! Hahah
Good luck
    02-01-2011, 07:52 PM
Hey everyone!! Thanks again for all the advice! Well we don't get that many free leases around here unless it's just a pony who goes on the flat.. And I'm looking for a horse I can do hunters in. And yes, I would be able to afford the board price but that was my previous lease budget all together, SO that means I would need to have a free lease. Only problem with that is how hard they are to come by down here :( I mean good horses are really hard to find for free lease. And down here when you free lease, you cover vet and food and farrier too (which I'm okay with). I'm thinking if we don't find a free lease, or if pasture board dosnt open up, seeing if there is someone at the barn who is willing to do a half lease is my best option!
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    02-01-2011, 08:15 PM
I think everyone's already give you plenty of advice... I just wanted to tell you good luck looking for something you can afford! Horses are so darn expensive
    02-01-2011, 08:59 PM
I don't know if anybody mentioned this, but you could look for a 1/2 lease. Usually you get 3 days per week to ride, pay 1/2 of shoes and work out a deal for vet bills that come up. I never had any money when I was younger and had to find creative ways to get on horses too. Don't worry. You'll find something.
    02-01-2011, 10:53 PM
I found myself in a similar situation at the barn I ride at now. At my old barn, I had an 'open' lease where I could ride any horse that was for sale. It was 2 days a week for $150 a month, flat fee. I looked around at leasing other horses and they were about $150-$200 a month but some were too far away, some the people were kind of 'sketchy'. I moved to this new barn and inquired about leasing a horse and my trainer told me it was $375 per month and 1/2 farrier and 1/2 vet. That was 3 days a week partial lease. I was like ::cough:: that's close to $500 a month! If I could afford that, I would have my OWN horse. The board there is about $700 a month so I couldn't afford a free lease either. I just told my trainer what I wanted out of a lease and she worked with me. I can only ride 2 days a week and I didn't want to have to pay for farrier and vet...and I don't want to have to sign a contract. So she asked around the barn and I leased one horse for a month - but he couldn't do jumps. I am contemplating leasing another one but she is for sale and I don't want to pay to lease HER and end up half way through having a different horse I don't like. I say, be frank with your trainer and tell them exactly what you are looking for and what you can afford
    02-03-2011, 06:12 PM
Its cool to see how everyone gets their fill of horses!! Yes, someone already mentioned about half leases and to talked to my trainer and told him to let me know if one comes up!! Rottenweiler- that is the coolest lease I've ever heard of! You must get tons of experience and I bet it makes you such a versatile rider! I would love to do something like that!!
Yes, why are horses so darn expensive! Why can't I be madly in love with... tennis
    02-03-2011, 10:36 PM
Okay... so why have I always thought that the standard lease was 6 months? Cause apparentaly that's really hard to find! We havnt found anything, everything out there is either over my new price range I gave him (300-350) or 1 year lease requirement. :( its looking grim as of right now. He wants to know if ill go up on price, or do a one year lease. But im going to college next year and it wouldnt be reasonable to have a horse iim not riding for 6 months or 3,500 dollars worth of time!
    02-04-2011, 10:54 PM
Hmm that's interesting. I had a different problem, everyone wanted a minimum 6 month lease with contract and I just want to go month to month. At least have a month trial before I decided. I mean, maybe it's not the right horse for me to be riding! How can I decide after one ride whether this is THE horse I want to ride for the next 6 months?! Anyway, I did find what I was looking for in the end so just be patient and keep looking

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