Im thinking about putting Shad up for lease, untill the end of this year perhaps, maybe a little longer...
Im planning on visiting Europe in september for a month with a couple of friends. We've wanted to do this for almost a year now.
However its not looking like im going to be able to afford it. Im saving like crazy and am going to ask for more hours at work but I really need to book soon, and theres no way im going to book without being certain I can actually go.
Riding for the next 5 months is going to cost quite a few hundred dollars, money that can be put into my Europe fund. Sure I could just not ride, but he'd be here standing in the paddock doing nothing, when he could be out on lease being worked/me earning a bit of money. (does that sound bad?)
So, what are the pros and cons of leasing? The part that scares me the most is someone stuffing him up. Years ago before he was offically my horse he went out on trial for a week to someone who was interested in buying him. He came back and you couldnt get a bridle on him. And this was someone who seemed like a decent rider.
I'd want him to stay in this area, not too far away so I could check on him. Because of this/our area being kinda small, im not sure how much interest there'd be for leasing...
Also, I've no idea how much people pay to lease a horse, what would be a reasonable price? Theres quite a few pics in by barn of him if that helps. At the moment he's schooling Novice dressage, I hinder his progress quite a bit due to my inexperience though, I've always been working mainly on myself and I don't ride often enough. We have mainly done hacking at shows etc. Been to quite a few Australian Stock horse shows, winning/placing to state level. We even got a 2nd in a working class once, not knowing how to do rolls backs correctly and not using a stock whip
He got high point led ASH in our branch a few year back also..
He does lovely flying changes (depsite never being taught...yeah im not sure how this came about ) and has lovely jumping potential. If we was younger (he's 15) we would have made an awesome showjumper. Good form over fences, and free jumped 1.15m coming off a corner, in very unfit shape, huge belly and all thought that was pretty cool...
So, thoughts? Anything I should know? Bad idea?