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post #1 of 14 Old 07-12-2013, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Since when does 'cheap' automatically mean 'free'.

Trying to lease out my pony is going to be the end of me the rate is low because I want to get our pony working again, she's the PERFECT schoolmaster type but too small for my sister and I. Last year we had a great lease with her, this year it's been painful and every email I get someone is looking for free rides or special treatment.

Rant over for now but I'm not finished sorting through my emails so I just might be back.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-12-2013, 09:12 PM
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How low of a rate is low? Schoolmasters in my area go for around 200 a month or more depending on the lease situation!
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They might be people like me, who can't afford a horse or a lease at a cost, but are willing to do barn chores in exchange for riding.

Or even sometimes I find people who don't have time for their horse and just want them to be used, have someone spend time with them and get them some exercise (and even some mild training).

But if you have a price on the lease in the ad I don't know why someone who is looking for that kind of situation is trying to contact you about it, other than maybe trying to see if you'd be willing to do it?

I would never contact someone for that kind of situation if they were asking for a leasing fee...but I'm also not that bold, I can imagine some people might be though?
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Leasing is confusing, if you mean that you want to be paid a fee, while they pay board - then you are not going to get many people unless the pony is exceptional.
If you mean, that they just pay board, then you should get some bites.
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There's nothing wrong with asking for a reduced rate in exchange for chores. There's everything wrong about sending an email that says 'I was thinking my daughter could come out and ride for free', as if you're doing me a favour

Maybe the problem is that I'm not asking ENOUGH. The price is low because the facility isn't amazing, but we're definitely way WAY below average for the area.
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We will be paid a fee for use of the pony and facilities. No board, no farrier, no feed. The only additional fees they pay come into play if they decide to join other clubs and take pony off property, then they are in charge of their show / membership / stabling etc.
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Put "Serious Inquiries Only", might stop some of the freebie folks?
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We will be paid a fee for use of the pony and facilities. No board, no farrier, no feed. The only additional fees they pay come into play if they decide to join other clubs and take pony off property, then they are in charge of their show / membership / stabling etc.

That's vague. Do you mean your board costs, or your board + some? If so, + what?
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I had a well broke gelding that I didn't want to sell offered on a free lease (no charge paid to me, they just paid the cost of his care ie/feed, deworming, farrier, etc) for half a year with no suitable takers. I had him for sale for two weeks and he sold for four digits. Go figure.

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I think of boarding in a couple ways:

1. Lease the horse for a fee, owner pays all the rest of the usual and unexpected fees; board, feed, farrier, vet etc

2. Lease the horse for a fee and you are also responsible for all the other care fees as listed in option 1

3. "Free" lease, Pay no extra fee for use of the horse, but you are responsible for all costs of the horse.

4. Free lease...what I usually do. Pay nothing for use of the horse, owner pays all care expenses. For the owners of the horses willing to do this kind of lease, you riding and exercising the horse is enough of a payment for the owner Although it is not uncommon to be responsible for some of the barn chores and helping out with other things, maybe being at the barn to hold for the farrier/vet or helping with other horses that are not the one you are leasing.

I believe that is is kind of implied that if you want to do something extra with the horse Ie. Show, trailer the horse to a camp site/trail etc. Than those costs fall on you.

Using that train of thought I believe the OP is looking for a person to do #1. Adding "Serious inquiries only" might help I would think. Or even just getting straight blunt and putting "Not for pony rides" or something like that. That is a bit crazy that someone asked you to do that...

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