Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Virginia
I've been on both sides and I am also a lessor. It's the control, feeling of ownership, and putting my money into my own horse and not paying someone else's bills.
The only horse I've ever leased, it just felt werid. He was "mine" for the hour or two for the day, but his owner would take him off the farm for shows and had to rework my set days for the week. I never really bonded with him. Now that I have my own, I've been able put in some effort to get to know my leased horse now that I see him more often while I'm out to see my own, Avery.
Avery currently has a leaser. I am somewhat strict (7 page lease! lol), but easy going too. She's said I have been the easiest owner she had to deal with. When she signed the lease, I said to her "don't break my horse and jumping is supervised" since Avery is VERY green. Those are my only rules, and she has lots of access to him, not limited to her set days. She can come out to love on him any day of the week.