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post #1 of 9 Old 10-29-2012, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Question Leasing my horse?

I'm not sure if I am wanting to leave my horses or not. I have my own property, and I can afford my vet bills, and whatnot.... BUT what I do want is someone to ride them! Just ride them! I hate riding in the winter! And it's getting cold here! My mare is started and my gelding is green. So they need the saddle time. But also, they need someone with soft hands, but the two more experienced riders around my area who have offered to ride them get in their mouths too much. Almost causing my gelding to rear back, which he wasnt done since he was started under saddle. Is what I'm wanting to do is a lease, or am I going to just have to ask if anyone experienced wants to ride them? I'm a protective momma I guess, but they are very responsive to their cues and I hate to see any horse jerked around by the mouth.... So can I hold try outs to see if they ride to my liking? Lol They are still young and I don't want them to have a bad experience by an overly aggressive rider....

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-29-2012, 09:29 AM
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You have more control if you either pay someone to ride them from your home or have some sort of a lease arrangement from your home or even someone rides them for free but once they go off your property they are out of sight. Look into all the insurance needs, waivers and contracts first
Why not just rest them for the winter
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-29-2012, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm scared my gelding will forget, lol... I will probably end up doing that. It seems like to much hassle and worry to have someone else ride my babies, lol...

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They don't forget. It's been proven many times. Since you are so protective of your horses I think you'd become a real worry wart if someone else was riding, even at your place. You'd need the strength to turn your back instead of finding fault with every little move.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-29-2012, 10:57 AM
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Well you have two options.

You can pay someone to ride them. This gives you the most control.

You can do an on-property lease to someone for either a fee or free. Someone would come to your place and ride them, everything else would stay the same.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-01-2012, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Well, ur both right. Altho, I don't think I can ignore it... that's one of my faults. I have let others ride them, and especially when they are hard in their mouths (especially bc the mare is beginning to neck rein) I get very stressed out and find an excuse to get them off their backs. So it's probably best to let them have a break this summer. Thanks for pointing out the truth of me being a worry wart,lol...

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-01-2012, 08:42 AM
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Wheatermay, if you dislike winter riding it's because you haven't invest in good cold weather clothes. I've ridden in temps waaaaay below freezing, so cold we only walked the horses to prevent them getting too sweaty with their long coats. Riding the trot and posting will keep your feet warm. It's when they hang in the stirrups or bareback they get cold. If you get a set of nylon reins, the soft double ply by Hamilton you can put your hands in your pockets yet still hold the reins. These reins are very pliable and unaffected by cold.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-01-2012, 09:19 AM
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We've had riding mares in foal in the past - given them quite a few years off and they still remember what they've been taught - just a bit rusty to begin with and a few sessions on the lunge tacked up before you get back on is a good idea. I don't see you'd have any problems
I would take saddlebags advice - its what we do here. Good warm clothes and boots and make the effort even if its just half an hour a few times a week in a menage to keep them ticking over or if you don't have one where you keep your horses trailer to an indoor arena a few times a week - most of them are glad to make some extra cash and happy to accomodate.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-03-2012, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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We don't have an indoor arena around here.Indoor around here means as long as it has a roof and sides, lol... it can be colder inside! LOL! But I havent got any winter riding gear. I ride in jeans with thermals under everything, my regular boots, coat and hooded neck warmer. I HATE being cold!!!! Can you point me in the direction of some warm winter gear? Maybe Santa Hubby will get me some@ :)

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