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post #1 of 4 Old 07-13-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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To lease or not to lease?!?

Hi guys,

As of late, I haven't had much time at all for Bandit

Just over a year ago, I was working only 2 days a week and had a child in playschool. I got out to ride almost daily and was able to spend all the time in the world with him. Bring on baby #2 and a promotion that has me working 5 days a week, and on call 24/7. Not to mention the little girl has got the horsey bug and I've now got Bandit and Simba.

I'm feeling like I'm not giving Bandit the attention he deserves. He's an angel, I love him.. he's the first horse I've come across since coming to Ireland that I have been over the moon about.

I have only managed to ride him about a dozen times this year. I thought once summer came that I'd get out in the nice evenings - this hasn't happened as we have been hit with so much rain over the last few months that the land is all water logged and in slop. I was initially considering moving them to a different yard as I have no arena but I'm struggling to find a yard near me that would suit, and within a reasonable budget. What's with yards closing on Sundays????? I want to see my horses on the weekend for flips sake!

Anyway.. I've been thinking about leasing him out. It will break my heart but I feel like he deserves to be loved more than what I can give him right now. We are considering moving abroad next year and I'll have to sell or lease him then anyway. My husband is adament that I shouldn't... he says that the rain eventually has to stop (it does... doesnt it??) and he wants me have Bandit there when/if it does.

I know that in the end this is my decision... but has anybody else gone through this and what do you all think? Can I be selfish and hold onto him even if it's just to give him a quick scratch in the evening. Or do I let him go somewhere to be ridden more where somebody has more time for him?

Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-13-2012, 08:39 AM
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I think your hubby is wonderful for thinking of you so :)

You said you're moving.. are you going to take him with or have him stay? I was a bit confused about that.

I think he's happy being in pasture waiting for you to ride him next :P

If you feel he should be ridden though for exercise and fitness purposes then by all means. It really feels suckish when you have to share your horse, though... but I am happy with who is taking care of and riding Sky :)

Best in luck in the decision. You can always cancel a lease :) Or start one :)

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I think your hubby is wonderful for thinking of you so :)

You said you're moving.. are you going to take him with or have him stay? I was a bit confused about that.

I think he's happy being in pasture waiting for you to ride him next :P

If you feel he should be ridden though for exercise and fitness purposes then by all means. It really feels suckish when you have to share your horse, though... but I am happy with who is taking care of and riding Sky :)

Best in luck in the decision. You can always cancel a lease :) Or start one :)
We're planning on moving to Canada next year and renting out our house. Bandit is 16 now.. I wouldn't really manage to sell him and would consider leasing him before we go. That way if hubby decides he can't handle poutines and timmies we can come back and I have my Bandit back.

Thanks Sky.. I want to be selfish but I want to do whats right for him as well.

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Then it may be in your best interest to find a few people now (not all lease him at once, LOL) but someone that can really watch over him while you're away.

That peace of mind is VERY important.. trust me I'm living it right now!

But you don't have to do it right away. You have an entire year, though you don't want him to fall behind in his training if he's the type that needs consistency. Mine's a greenie so he needs regular riding.. he can't sit and be pretty lol.

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