I've been tossing this idea around since late summer. Background:
This past spring, I switched riding instructors. This change worked out wonderfully for me. I got to ride and do whatever I please (always within reason) at my instructor J's barn. During this time, I met Maggie.
Maggie was the best horse I had ever met, and I absolutely loved her. I rode her and Lilly on trails. J usually rode "his" mare, Annie. Well, mid-summer J informed me Lily was sold. I liked her, but it didn't break my heart to see her go. As fall approached, J bought a yearling and a mini. He already had a yearling, Joey, which was out of his mare. He wanted to get his herd down to three plus the mini before December. And sadly, Maggie was the one who went up for sale. I wanted to buy her, but my parents wanted (and still want) nothing
to do with this horrible obsession of mine, and me getting a horse would be the end all for them.
Well, I told my grandmother Maggie was for sale, and she said she would buy her for me. I told her my parents wouldn't let me get one, to which she replied, "Well, I'd pay for a lease over the winter." I loved the idea, but talked myself out of it. I think I convinced myself nobody would buy her, but I was wrong. On Halloween, Maggie was almost literally taken out from under me and loaded on her new owners trailer. Watching her walk away shattered
my heart into microscopic pieces. I had a chance to keep her, and I let her get away. I regret that decision every single day. Now that you are up to speed, here's my situation:
Right now, J owns one trained horse, two long yearlings (both in the process of being broke), and the mini. And by the looks of it, I don't think he is going to be purchasing any trained horses this spring. I don't have the skill level to ride the coming 2 year olds, nor will they be trail material this summer. So right now, it looks like I won't be doing a lot of riding.
So, why not look into leasing a horse for the summer? I have a paid internship and a job lined up for the summer.
I have qutie a bit of money saved up, BUT
I don't have or want to spend a huge amount of money on a lease. I would have to lease at my instructors barn.
Here are my ?'s:
- I have heard of leases where the leasee pays vet and farrier bills, but is it possible to find a lease where the leasee would pay for basics (hay, board, grain, etc.) + extras (show fees) and the owner/leaser payed vet and farrier bills?
- Is it possible to take a lease horse off the owners property? To keep the horse at a different facility completely?
- I know I need a contract. But is there any other documentation I would need?
I would be looking for a good trail horse, and I wouldn't object to a cow savvy one either. If I could find a lease that would let me take it off the owners property, I would pay my instructor board. I think $100 dollars a month would cover the costs. (I would be paying for hay, oats, tack rental for stuff I don't have, and trailering to shows and trail rides[I'd be tagging along, so no special trips]) In addition, I would help with barn chores and training the long yearlings.
I am a very
advanced beginner/intermediate rider.
Does it sound like something I could do?
Thanks for your replies!!! And cookies for reading that.