So I'm still just beginning to get back into riding, but have always known that having (and showing) a horse of my own is one of my ultimate life goals. It's one my partner things we can make happen, financially, as well, if we plan well.
I'm not ready to leap into anything. My only horsey expense right now is $55/week for lessons, and I want to be taking lessons for a while yet before I consider owning. Though I'm not ready to lease yet, either, I thought that might help me learn a lot more/improve/have a horse to care for. It's not so much the expense, as it is just being sure I'm ready for the commitment and also getting to figure out what I'll be looking for when I do, someday, get to have a horse of my own.
The barn where I take lessons has a program where you can have a partial lease on a lesson horse. It's $200/month for "two rides" per week plus you need to be taking a lesson either weekly or biweekly ($55/lesson). To me, this sounded a bit steep considering the very limited amount of riding, (could a ride only be the length of a half-hour lesson?) but maybe I'm wrong? I guess maybe it also sounds expensive because if I do that for just a few months... that could really amount to a nice chunk of change in the emergency vet fund I'd like to have for when I get my own horse
That all being said, I've been trying to read up on leasing, but I wanted to hear some advice from "real people," too...
- What are good ways/good places to look to find a horse to lease?
- Do you have advice about finding a horse suitable for me? (I'd fall into the beginner category?)
I know a lot of this varies depending on owner and lease agreement, but I'm wondering what (if anything) is typical/what your experiences have been, just so I can get an idea of some possibilities:
- Where did your leased horse stay?
- Who covered major vet bills?
- How much did you pay?