Bob--The Possible Lease
Alright here is the jist of the emails that I have been exchanging with this horseís owner.
Bob is a 8 yr old perch/morgan cross. Iím not sure how tall he is, or if heís gaited or not. He was leant out to the owners non riding brother in law last summer, and did very well with him. He is pretty low key (loveable and non-aggressive), but has some get up and go when asked for it. Heís broke to ride (rides western) and drive, but has been mainly used as a trail horse, he would need some work in the arena (is a willing learner). He is up to date on shots and worming, but would need a coggins. Bob is boarded outside and requires no grain.
The only glitch is, is that he wrenched a hind foot on some ice, so he has a limp at the trot and canter. The owner suspects that this is something that can be cured with some time and light riding. Also, if something were to go wrong with Bob during my lease, they would trade me Bob for his mate, Bill for the remainder of the lease. Lameness has never been an issue for Bob, and overall has very good feet.
I would be responsible for paying board and all up keep of the horse (vet, shots, feet, etc.). Bob is part of a team, and the owner says that she has tossed around the idea of selling, but hasnít made up her mind as of yet, but if she does, I would get first dibs.
She will lease him out to me for 6 months, at which point I may or may not have the option to renew, just given their situation. They might want to go back out to the Bighorn mtns. And they would need him for that. The owner is willing to make up a contract that suits both our needs and makes us both happy. She is alright with my boarding at my barn, or a barn of my choosing.
The owner is not interested in having him insured, but suggested checking into having Bob put on my home owners insurance just in case something were to happen. Bobís owner is also willing to deliver him for a price, so that works out also.
So, really, aside from the horse being already injured, it sounds like an alright kinda deal; and the best part of it all is that the hubby is all for it, as long as we can reach an agreement on the lease.
So, how does it sound? What other issues should I be addressing before signing a contract? I AM planning on going out to see Bob, and have a vet check done before signing a contract, also, I'd like a 30 day trial period before a lease is signed. Did I miss anything?