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post #1 of 7 Old 07-22-2008, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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To lease or not to lease.....That is the question

Alright, I've been taking lessons on Fritz an 8-10yr old paint/draft cross. He's the most wonderful horse. He's very gentle and very laid back. He can tend to be a tad spookish, but Im not sure if thats him, or him feeding off my energy per say.

Every time we get together, I have so much fun. I think he's a well suited horse for me. I am a timid rider, so having a high spirited horse just isn't going to work well for me. He's laid back and a bit lazy. I'm not sure if he'd be a good gaming prospect, possibly western pleasure? I'm not really thinking that far ahead.

So the lease is 200 a month and then I am required to take 2 lessons a month to make sure I am up to the stables riding standards. So thats 280/month. I would get 3 days a week to go out as I please, there are trails all over the place out there, a nice indoor riding arena, and a very nice out door arena. I assume that I would have full run of the tack room and so on. In the winter the lease goes down, Im not sure how much tho. Also, if I do decide to lease, the first 1000 goes to an over all buy, Fritz is for sale for 2200.

GahhhH!!!! So I'm torn, I LOVE this horse, he's a good boy. I cant REALLY afford the lease right now, but I could stretch things a bit. I guess my son will be going to preschool this fall, so I could pick up a part time job to help pay for the lease, and then if I choose to buy, help pay for board until things are ready here for him.

Any advice, suggestions?

There are pics of him in the picture section, also in the draft picture gallery.

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-22-2008, 01:14 PM
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Well he sounds like an ideal horse!! Is that the price for EVERYTHING? including board? ANd are you responsible for vet bills or anything like that?

It sounds like a great deal if it is for everything? Heck I pay at least 100 a month per horse for my horses and they live at home! (some months it's more) Will you be responsible for paying for the farrier?

OF course the adult it me says that if it's going to be a struggle at all you shouldn't do it but the horse lover in me says go for it!! I don't envy you the decision!!! Good luck making it!!

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-22-2008, 01:19 PM
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He is definitely beautiful!!!

I would suggest sitting down and figuring everything out on paper with your finances. If you can do the lease or buy, I say go for it!



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post #4 of 7 Old 07-22-2008, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, that would be for everything, I wouldn't be responsible for any of his care at all other than grooming him and so on.

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He is definitely beautiful!!!

I would suggest sitting down and figuring everything out on paper with your finances. If you can do the lease or buy, I say go for it!

Yup, that goes with out saying. I haven't sat down and figured things out on paper yet, and I'm not sure how much of a stretch it would be, but I'm sure there might be a little.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-22-2008, 01:58 PM
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If it fits into your budget then I say do it. A lease is a great way to find out if you are ready for ownership and if you and the horse are a good match. Good luck!
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-24-2008, 10:15 PM
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to lease or not to lease

I recomend if you can afford it to lease him and see if you can handle being in charge of his care and well being, I leased my arabian gelding for a year and then decided he was perfect for me and decided to buy him and he is the best horse ever but I'm glad I leased him at first to make sure I could handle the responsiblity that comes with owning a horse, so I say go for it and then if you feel its right and you can afford it you could buy him if you wanted, well anyway good luck with your decision,

P.S he sure is gorgeous

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