I've been taking western riding lessons for a year and I've talked it over with my instructor and he thinks I'm capable of doing a half-lease on a school horse. It would be for 3 days a week, plus the cost of lessons. My goals through leasing would to gain more confidence both in and out of the saddle-- nothing fancy, just some extra practice.
Anyway, I've been doing a lot of research online, calling around to other barns in my area (Northern New Jersey) and it seems that the going price range for a half-lease is $200-$350. Which would be totally fine with me, except that I was informed to lease my lesson horse, it will run me $500/month + $140 in lessons.
I don't know any other horsey people and I was hoping that my instructor would guide me in my best interest, but I can't help but to feel like I'm getting screwed. Are you able to negotiate the lease of a school horse or is that bad form? Help.