I am doing a full lease on my older show mare right now...
I have known the family for many years and have seen how they have taken care of their horses so that helps. But here is how we have dealt with it the last couple of summers (she uses her for 4-H):
This spring I took care of the initial shots/ coggins/ deworming/ hoof care etc...
-She is responsible for insurring that Chloe gets her feet done every 5-6 weeks with my old farrier (I moved away and they are back in my home area)... this includes shoes on the front and a good general trim in the back
- keeping up with her health care (deworming, boster shots...etc)
-If she was to colic, become lame etc... they are required to call my old vet asap, if my perfered vet isnt available I have a list in order who to call, then they need to contact myself or my mom (mom lives really close)
-They must provide hay/grain/grass
-She is allowed to do whatever events she wants within Chloes disipline (shows, clinics, trial rides, county fair, etc)
- I am allowed to stop out whenever I want and if I feel proper care isnt being used I can remove her (but there has been no issue)
- I let her have use of my tack for chloe... chloe is harder to fit and I already have a western and english saddle that I bought when I first started riding her. She also has use of my extra show halter, show bridle, and english bridle (some say I am way too nice). I just want chloe and Grace (the girls who is leasing her) to have a good time.
-I don't charge a "month" fee since they are paying for eveything while they have her. For me it works out because I don't have to pay for her board during the summer.
- the downfall is that I can't technically show her since Grace is using her for 4-H and I could get her in trouble with the county. I was at thier first open show and Grace was really nervous and thought that Chloe was limping. She wasnt at all so I jumped on to show Grace that her "limping" was Grace loping correctly (she is really rough to sit when she is collected, smooth feeling=4 beating lol) People from our county were already getting pissy about it since I rode a "4-H horse" and Im no longer in 4-H... I wasnt even at a 4-H show and I know people that keep their horse at a trainers all year...
I hope this helps somewhat. I havent done a half lease but I might do that next year with Chloe since Grace bought Sadie from me earlier this summer (another show horse of mine that was recovering from an injury...she is fine now though).
It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
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