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post #1 of 22 Old 02-18-2013, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Should I loan my horse?

I've still got my pony up for sale at the moment and some people have been asking about a loan. The woman wants to loan her for her 13 year old daughter to make sure she committed to looking after a horse before buying one, she's told us that her daughter has a lessons and rides a friends horse but I'm not sure if she's experienced enough to bring on a young pony.
My granddad is completely against it and he's been telling me that only professionals loan horses to make their yards look better then won't listen when I say that plenty of other people loan them. I really don't know what to do because I'm kind of wary of who she goes to because I don't want anyone to hurt her. The only thing is we really need to sell her or loan her because my granddad is having an operation in March and will need full time care for a few months after so I will not have time to look after a horse. Do you think loaning her to someone is a good idea or not?

Also I have good news as I may have found a new horse :)
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A lot of people lease horses from non-professionals. I think the girl's mother is being very responsible about asking to lease your pony instead of just taking the plunge and buying her.
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Nothing wrong with leasing your pony. Make up a contract stating that they are responsible for the care and bills while they are leasing. Make them put insurance on the pony, they pay board, vet, farrier or any other costs that may come up. Also state that there is a 30 notice required by both parties if either wishes to end the lease.

Putting insurance on the pony that they are required to pay for can give you a piece of mind because it will cover anything that may come up requiring major vet care.

There are lots of people who lease horses/ponies out for long term periods. Its not just professionals

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He thinks that the girl will end up neglecting her because 'she obviously doesn't know how to look after a horse'. He's become a very stubborn old man who is difficult to convince but I think it might just be his health that's affecting him at the moment.
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He thinks that the girl will end up neglecting her because 'she obviously doesn't know how to look after a horse'. He's become a very stubborn old man who is difficult to convince but I think it might just be his health that's affecting him at the moment.
So that is why you have in your contract that you are allowed to visit at any point through the lease to make sure the pony is getting proper care. Maybe talk with the BO where they will board the pony and ask that she contacts you should anything arise that is reason to worry. Or require that the kid receives regular lessons from a professional.
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There's nothing saying you can't check up on the pony, make sure she's being cared for, and include in the '30 day notice required' a bit about you being able to seize the pony back if you find the care is unsuitable. You can also get in touch with wherever the pony will be boarded and talk to the BO, or have the pony remain in your care at your barn and offer out a paid lease.
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I am confused by your statements. First being "you will not have time to take care of a horse", then saying "good news I may have found a new horse"??!!
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I am confused by your statements. First being "you will not have time to take care of a horse", then saying "good news I may have found a new horse"??!!
Oh wow I totally missed that.... umm what the...?

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Is it your grandpas pony? Did he give her to you? If not, she's your pony and you make the decisions for her. If it sounds like a good home, then go for it. If the mom finds the little girl can care for her, she may want to buy her in the end. I agree with the things already said about the contract/insurance and such.
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Ah well one of my mums friends has a couple of horses that she doesn't ride and she offered one of the mares to me. She's had two or three foals and she's just settling in her last one now and she's going to be retired from breeding but as the woman doesn't need another horse to ride she's offered her to us.
The mare will be back in a few weeks and the owner will be slowly bringing her back into work for me. If we have the funds and time we can buy her but if not the woman has told me that I can just ride and look after her.
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