i'm coming off what i would call a 75% lease (i go out any day i want but sundays when horse's owner rides) where i pay a set rate per month to the owner and have no other costs except things i may want to buy to use with the horse (gel pad for my saddle, a couple of brushes, horse cookies, etc). my current lease is at a barn of the owner's choice and i am not allowed to move the horse or leave the property with him.
as of august 1 i'll be moving to a full lease that is slightly modified. my new lease will have the horse at the barn of my choice, i won't be paying any lease fee, but i will be paying for board, deworming, spring shots, feed, tack/equipment i want to use, and any other incidentals like that. i'll be able to ride and see the horse any day or time i want, but his owner wants to come out and have 'the occasional ride'. farrier will be split half half with the horse's owner (he's full shod, so farrier is up there cost wise). emergency vet is to be discussed tomorrow when we meet up to do lease papers, so i'll know then what to expect. obviously, if the horse is injured due to my actions/negligence then i would be 100% responsible for the vet bill in that sort of instance, as that is only right and my conscience would not allow otherwise.
i am going to ask in my new lease that showing off the barn property be allowed, if i ever would want to do that (i'm not a competitive type, but keeping the option open would be nice if i did want to). trail riding off-site will be discussed as well, since there are some nice areas around here to trailer out to.
one other thing to ensure you have in writing is if others (friends, family) are allowed to interact and/or ride the horse too. you don't want to put a sibling or friend up on the horse and find out from the owner that it wasn't allowed. i made sure with my current lease that my daughter was allowed to be led around the arena, but the owner did not want anyone else on but me otherwise. understandable.
Last edited by EdmontonHorseGal; 07-13-2013 at 06:14 PM.