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post #1 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Is leasing really that popular? I see "you should lease a horse" or "i lease this horse".
I have never really heard of it till coming on this site. I could never think of letting someone lease my horses.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 04:56 PM
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Yes, it's quite popular.

Saves a lot of hassle for people who want to ride, but can't afford to actually own a horse long-term. Plus, for a financially crunched owner, leasing out their horse may be the difference between selling the animal or being able to keep it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 05:26 PM
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I am leasing my horse that I have

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 05:33 PM
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It is becoming more popular. I just looked at and rode a horse today that the owner is not quite ready to sell yet. She loves her and has owned her for 5 years. My riding instructor is also her riding instructor, and he thinks that the mare and I would be a good fit. I am not quite ready to buy yet, and this way the mare will be moved to my RI barn, I will get to learn on her, take care of her, the owner will know she is in a good place, and hopefully after a while, I'll be able to buy her. The owner will also be able to come up and visit and/or ride if she likes.
Also, something to keep in mind. At least in my area, for everything I would have to do to have a horse on my property, plus purchase price of the horse, tack, etc. it is less expensive to start out this way. I am so new to horses after many years away, that it makes sense for me to lease for a while.
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 06:22 PM
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I think leasing benifits both horse owner and leasee
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 06:32 PM
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I wanted a horse all my life, but circumstances did not allow for it. Then, at the age of 41 I saw an ad in a local paper that read something like this:

"Have you always wanted to own a horse but never could?" (YES ! YES!) "Well, half lease my arab mare . . . . . ."
I had never heard of leasing, either. I had no idea I could Half Lease, either.

So, I got started in riding doing it this way. It was beneficial for us both; I keep an eye on the horse , I excersize her and I help with the cost of care.
I get to ride a horse without the total cost, and major decisions are not up to me, such as things like vet calls . (decisions that I was not up to making)

NOw, I have been half leasing (various different horses) for 12 years. I always thought I would buy my own horse, but having a special needs child has meant that most of our extra income has gone to his health needs, and half leasing was the best that we could do. It has been a very good arrangement for me and for the owners that I leaseed from. I have NEVER injured a horse under my care. I have caught several colics. I have added training to some of these horses, and I have learned so very much from each one of them.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 06:49 PM
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One of the saddest things to me is the way horses drift from owner to owner. Many people that dispose of horses do so because the horses are not suited for them (actually they are not suited for the horse they buy), and lack of the financial ability to care care of them. Both of those could be helped by leasing.

When buying animals, people should be sure the animal meets their needs and they should be sure they can afford proper care. But people insist on exercising their right of stupidity...
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 06:50 PM
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I've been leasing for 2 years now. I'm a SAHM so obviously I can't afford my own horse, nor do I have the time to give a horse my full attention, so I lease instead. I ride 2 or 3 times a week, I get my horse fix, the horse gets exercise...and I don't go broke haha! (I actually have a free lease, so I work to ride, it's the perfect fit for me.)

If I were to ever get my own horse, I would definitely lease it out to help with the costs and to keep it in shape - yep!
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-05-2012, 06:52 PM
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Leasing is definitely a nice thing to have! Every opportunity I got to lease-even a half lease-I took up. When I was in a full lease with the TB Mr. Chunk I was considered part owner for 6 months. I was told that I was the only one that is allowed to ride him, and the cost was $350/month and we also had to pay for the farrier when needed. It definitely felt like he was mine for 6 months and was truly sad when I heard the owner sold him.

Plus, I didn't have to pay for any tack/equipment like the saddle/bridle/girth/etc. because he already had all of it. I didn't have to pay the vet at all, so that is definitely a benefit to leasing. It really does help those who don't have the time/money for full ownership of a horse and it also helps to see if you are ready to actually own. I would have continued leasing Mr. Chunk too, but it was bad timing because of my back and he needed to get in shape a bit. It was for the best, because even when my back healed I was not in the best of shape to be able to get him in shape!

Anyway, I like leasing and I ever come across something that causes me to have to lease out my horse as opposed to selling him for whatever reason, I will definitely be looking into it. And my mom is finally open to the idea of leasing!

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-06-2012, 01:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Country Woman View Post
I think leasing benifits both horse owner and leasee
Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter View Post
Is leasing really that popular? I see "you should lease a horse" or "i lease this horse".
I have never really heard of it till coming on this site. I could never think of letting someone lease my horses.
I used to have the same attitude, but Country Woman is right. It benefits both parties, so long as you pick the right lessee. Some aren't right for your horse and will mess them up, treat them poorly, or simply just not click with them in riding or personality. Then leasing is a disaster.

But I am leasing mine out right now and he loooves the lady and is blooming with her as he did with me. It allows her to enjoy riding and his presence without paying 2 arms and a leg for his upkeep (my job )

It gives the person an idea of what horse ownership is like without all the responsibility; or it allows the person to ride more and work on their equitation (hopefully when paired with lessons) OR try out a horse and decide to purchase later (which is not happening with Sky.. he's mine!! LOL)

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