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        07-13-2012, 03:07 AM
    Thank you !
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        07-13-2012, 04:21 AM
    I did the leasing bit when I had surgery a while back and I personally was a bit burned by the whole thing. I had a contract and insurance and I strongly recommend both. A very detailed contract. I even went through the list of what my horse can do, showed them how to do it on the horse and had them initial that they saw it and know how the horse is trained for that que.

    During that time I had one great leaser and about a dozen horrible ones. I was looking for two people to lease I had the one stay for the duration and she still comes out and rides with me once in a while. But the rest of them, awful, checks bouncing, training my horse improperly using equipment that didn't fit the horse instead of using what was provided. And just plain not showing up. However that being said I learned that everything and I do mean everything needs to be in writing, including if you don't show up you still have to pay. That was the first one that bit me in the butt.

    I know that pricing up here is different then it is in most places but a 1/2 lease (3 days a week) on my 9 year old (at the time) Went for between 350-375. But her training is pretty good. She goes english and western, leg ques, body ques and rein necks. Side passes, backs up, roll backs flying lead changes and jumps. Level headed on trail, but she requires at least intermediate rider. I hope this helps.
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        07-13-2012, 04:56 AM
    Perhaps get personal references stating, "x person does not mistreat animals, nor have I witnessed them lose their temper and get out of hand, etc..." I do not own a horse and being as anal retentive as I am, my contract TO A POTENTIAL LEASER, would be like, 400 pages long! I would worry about everything, but for some reason, would be terribly worried a person would abuse or otherwise take their emotions out on my horse...make sure they realize that WILL NEVER BE HAPPENING!
        07-13-2012, 05:21 AM
    If the horse we're taken off property I would definitely set it up so that I could check on it every once in a while. If I noticed it was acting strange or different than the horse normally acts I'd definitelybe questioning. I helped at a stable and helped the trainer out and got to watch and learn a bunch. Can definitely tell when one has been abused
        07-13-2012, 05:40 AM
    Janna you are leasing off site?

    Personally I wouldn't advise that. I've heard too many horror stories more often than good experiences with people doing that.
        07-13-2012, 05:50 AM
    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Janna you are leasing off site?

    Personally I wouldn't advise that. I've heard too many horror stories more often than good experiences with people doing that.
    So it would be better for her to be kept here and they come see her ?
        07-13-2012, 06:09 AM
    Is she on your land or do you board?

    At first, I would not allow them to lease offsite. Not until you get to know them better and know that they are to be trusted.

    Reason being you want to make sure that they are taking good care of your horse. That your horse is healthy and doesn't suddenly develop awful habits.

    Once they seem like a good match, then you can talk about leasing offsite.

    I'm just overly cautious because of what I've heard, but it's ultimately up to you.
        07-13-2012, 06:11 AM
    She's here at home.
    But yeah definitely makes sense
        07-13-2012, 10:16 AM
    Have something in there about breaking the lease as well, in case something comes up and you cannot continue paying. Some people get snooty about it.
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        07-13-2012, 02:51 PM
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    Last year I leased a horse, and the owner allowed me to sub-half-lease him to another girl at my barn as well.

    She was in high school, and I think she was one of those kids that liked the idea of horses much more than the actual reality. She only rode when she was taking lessons, and more than half the time she cancelled her lessons because she had a headache or a bad day at school or some similar excuse. She was extremely timid, which was OK as long as I was riding as well, but later in the year I had to travel for 2 months for work, and she was the only one riding him. He learned that all he had to do was toss his head a bit and she would back off and only walk him. When I got back on him, that wasn't enough and he started bucking and bolting, which shattered my confidence. Luckily, his owner didn't seem to have any problems with him (at least that she told me about) when he went back to her at the end of the contract.

    Now that I own my own horse, I've been considering whether or not I want to make him available for an in-barn half-lease to help cover his expenses, and if I do I'm going to be very picky about who I choose. I suspect I will be so picky that I probably won't find someone to lease him, but maybe the fact that I'd be putting forth the effort would make my DH happier...

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