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.