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    02-11-2011, 06:55 PM
  #11
Green Broke
What you need to do is talk to your instuctor. If the hay is going to be between 75 and 90 per month, that doesn't leave much for other costs of keeping the horse there. We pay 200 per horse per month just for them to be in a pasture and have water and a shelter. Doing chores and helping with the yearlings may be enough compensation for your instructor. Each lease can be different. There is nothing set in stone as to what a lease involves. It's just an agreement between you and the owner of the horse. Some may be more relaxed and let you have what you want. Some will be more difficult and have to have it their way. You won't know until you talk to the owner. Personally, if I were to lease one of our horses, I would be more lenient if the horse stayed where I have them because I know what kind of care they are getting. I would be more hesitant if they were to be moved to somewhere I didn't know or liked. Finally, you'll have to find a horse that will work for you. You may have a hard time finding the type of horse you are looking for. However, you might find it with the first horse you try. Hope it works out for you though.
     
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    02-11-2011, 07:13 PM
  #12
Weanling
As others have said, there can be a wide variety of what is expected or can be expected in a lease situation.
Have you ever looked on Dreamhorse? I have seen lots of horses for sale OR lease on there. Would you consider riding a horse at another barn if the owner paid for everything? You might be surprised, but there are people who would just be happy if you would ride their horse for them. I have seen that a lot lately. I've met doctors and others who don't have any time for a horse, yet are attached to the idea of having a horse. Some of them are beginners and would just like someone to keep their horse ridden so when they ever have a day off to ride their horse will be ready for them.
If I were leasing out a horse, I personally would rather have the horse where I knew he would be getting good care. But I have seen ads on the internet where people will let you take their horse and use it for a year. Most of those people seem to want the leasee to pay for everything though, because the reason they are leasing the horse out is for lack of funds.
As a two horse owner, I am constantly looking for someone who will ride my other horse out with me. I have high standards for keeping both horses fit, and it's really hard to find the time to exercise two horses all the time. I would almost pay someone to come out with me. I'm sure there are other people like me around where you live. So if you just want to ride I am sure there are opportunities if you know where to look.
     
    02-11-2011, 07:30 PM
  #13
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by gottatrot    
...As a two horse owner, I am constantly looking for someone who will ride my other horse out with me. I have high standards for keeping both horses fit, and it's really hard to find the time to exercise two horses all the time. I would almost pay someone to come out with me. I'm sure there are other people like me around where you live. So if you just want to ride I am sure there are opportunities if you know where to look.
I kind of am the same way with 4 of our 6 horses. My wife rides one generally and one is a pasture ornament. So I have to deal with the other four. One anyone can ride, two need an intermediate rider and the fourth is definitely a more experienced rider, only green broke. I wish weekends were longer, lol!
     
    02-11-2011, 11:35 PM
  #14
Banned
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Originally Posted by gottatrot    
You might be surprised, but there are people who would just be happy if you would ride their horse for them.
...and it's really hard to find the time to exercise two horses
Thats basically what I am doing now with my instructor. He has 4 horses right now (at one point last year he had 6). He is single(technically now he isn't), but his girlfriend is limited in what she does/can do to help out. So basically there is one person taking care/riding/training two trained horses, two yearlings, and a mini.
The whole reason he was looking for a student was to get some help with exersizing and taking care of his horses.

I will talk to my instructor tomorrow about leasing.
I wouldn't lease a horse from somebody my instructor or myself didn't know. I'll ask him if he knows of any, and I may ask my FFA advisor as well. (she owns a boarding facility and knows quite a few horsemen too)

From what I hear, it seems there are a huge amount of "fair weather" riders in our area. I don't think it would be too hard to find a trail horse around here either. I guess I just need to find a puzzle with all the pieces in the box
     
    02-13-2011, 05:02 PM
  #15
Banned
Update

I talked to my instructor yesterday and he said if I find a horse, he would let me board in the back pasture and borrow a saddle.

All of his horses will be out at the summer pasture unless he finds some clients to train horses for. (They would be kept in the front pasture.) I may try to convince him to keep the mini at the barn for the summer (so the horse I lease doesn't get lonely.)

He wasn't in the greatest mood (he seemed really tired and the mini is getting sick), so I didn't talk about boarding price with him. But he did say if he knew of a horse, he would let me know.
     

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