Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
It depends. How helpful is that, right?
Pros of leasing: if you and the horse don't work out for whatever reason, that's okay! You're not 'stuck' with a horse. It might be cheaper than owning depending on the lease conditions. Its a good way to learn a lot, both about yourself and how to work with horses with different personalities.
That said, when it came down to it, for me it was much easier to buy a horse than find one with what I wanted that was for lease. Then again, I was not looking for a high level horse which would have had a big purchase price tag either. I am also out of college and a 'grown up' now too though, so owning a horse is much more realistic than it would have been when I was younger.