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    07-21-2011, 03:43 PM
Half-leasing my horse out?

I have a 20 year old QH mare. She is good for an intermediate rider - need to at least somewhat know what they are doing. I may be considering in the future half-leasing her out. Heres the problem though. I don't board at a facility, I have her in my neighbor's field. It is a huge field and there are other fields close by I have permisson to ride in.

Would anyone be interesting in leasing under these conditions do you think? Because I don't pay board I would have the leasing cost lower. What are the terms usually for leasing and what are the pros and cons? Thank-you!
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    07-21-2011, 03:47 PM
Would you consider an off-site half lease, where she could go the lessee's facility, but you could still have your few days a week to ride? I know most people looking to lease in my area want to be somewhere with an instructor.
    07-21-2011, 03:58 PM
There have been multiple threads on terms of a lease, so look that one up ;). As for if someone would like to ride your horse... I see you live in Alberta. As long as the field isn't wet (there's been lots of rain in Canada) and there aren't too many mosquitoes you could probably find someone for next month. I don't see how you're going to convince someone to ride your horse outside in the winter. Also, the leaser would be paying you to ride your horse on a field, probably all alone and without other horses. Now if you find an experienced horse person who is not doing lessons and does not own a horse and likes to ride alone then i'd say you have a leaser... however most of these people either have a horse or may have children who ride at a stable. I would not suggest leasing your horse out to a child, in your situation there is no supervision or lessons, and you never know what can go wrong. You can try to put in an ad, but I don't see the appeal for very many people, unless you happen to get lucky. I would suggest trying this first and then maybe trying a situation where the leaser pays the board, or you split it. Again, the winter thing is what bothers me most. If it's icy (like last winter ) you can't rely on riding outside, and no one wants to ride outside when it's -30. You would solve this by splitting the fee for a stable with an arena. They will probably have supervision and lessons, which opens up the leaser to being younger teens who are good riders as well and parents who ride of those teens as well.

Leasing is a great opportunity and I would say go for it. You might find a person who'll want to lease in your situation, but to me it's not a long-term option. Summer leases next year could work, but then you'll still have to find someone responsible who likes to ride alone. I wish you the best of luck, and hopefully this helps!
    07-21-2011, 04:33 PM
Thank you so much for the help. Not being at a barn certainly could be a problem especially with the winters! I'll look at the different options and maybe post an ad. The land isn't mine but my neighbor lets me keep her there and ride in the whole field. This would be fine for the leaser to ride on the property too since I have permission right? Also would I need insurance? Sorry for so many questions!
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    07-21-2011, 04:37 PM
You would need to speak with the property owner before leasing her out. Just because your neighbor gave you permission, doesn't mean anyone else has permission. Google lease contracts and make sure ALL terms are specified in detail.
    07-21-2011, 04:41 PM
I would speak to him about that. I'll google for those contracts - thank you!
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    07-21-2011, 10:35 PM
Questions about loaning horses.
First Time Leaser: Tips, Suggestions and Must Haves!

Lol, I didn't mean google....these were the 2 horse forum articles I was talking about. My response in the second one describes some liability stuff... I just don't feel like typing it all out again, i'm not the best at typing in general =P
    07-22-2011, 09:55 AM
Thank-you so much! Those are very informative!
    07-22-2011, 07:36 PM
Glad I could help, if you have any more questions feel free to ask =)

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