I was just wondering if anyone on here has any experience leasing another horse from someone and what they have to share on the subject. I am looking into leasing a horse and I'm not sure what to expect. I have leased from a friend only for a month, then the horse became ill due to a pre-existing ulcer condition and I am no longer able to ride him until the owner can get the medication for him. Anyway, I recently had bought a horse who colicked a few months after I bought him. It was a $500 vet bill, emergency charge on a sunday night and it really shook me up. The whole time waiting for the vet I kept thinking about how high the bill could be, what kind of treatments would be involved. So I paid the bill and then two days later while he was still on the medication I got a call from the barn manager telling me that he was 'acting weird' again and that I needed to come out and check on him to make sure he wasn't going into a colic again. Needless to say, I was panic stricken again. I couldn't take it so I asked the woman who sold him to me if she would buy him back. She did. So I am afraid to OWN another horse because I could afford the purchase price, the board and farrier would be a stretch but I could do it. But those vet bills, those scare the crap out of me. I'm thinking leasing is the way to go for me. I guess I couldn't do a 'free lease' because then they would expect vet care as well, like if the horse colic's while I'm leasing it or something? So maybe a partial lease?