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        01-24-2010, 06:51 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    For leasing, you can work out an agreement with the leasee. I am about to lease a friends mare, she does not have the time to ride her at the moment and as she is only 3 years old and done next to nothing, and I am currently scouting for a new horse and havent had one for a year! It works out perfectly. We have decided that I will pay all costs associated with the mare while she is in my care, as though she is my own.

    As for when you move out and are not relying on your parents, well sorry to say, but then it is even harder to afford them!!
    I'm just not sure about the leasing. I have never done it before. I was thinking of leasing out Abby, but I don't really know what to do with Chester. Haha! I thought of the fact it would be harder when I moved out and was going to edit but it wouldn't let me. I don't like throwing all of these bills on my parents though..Thankyou! :)
         
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        01-24-2010, 09:16 PM
      #12
    Started
    If you really want to have a horse then I think you should keep abby and sell chester. Judging from the things you have said about chester, he needs someone who can give him lots of time. That will cut your expenses in half. Take the money you get from him and pay up your board. There are things you can do to help yourself be able to afford tack and board and horse care, especially in the summer. Maybe you can get a summer job or do odd jobs for people for money or mow lawns or have yard sales...lots of times family and friends are happy to give you stuff to sell.
    If you do downsize to just one horse will you be able to keep her up? Worming, farrier, feed, hay, vaccinations?
         
        01-24-2010, 10:39 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
    If you really want to have a horse then I think you should keep abby and sell chester. Judging from the things you have said about chester, he needs someone who can give him lots of time. That will cut your expenses in half. Take the money you get from him and pay up your board. There are things you can do to help yourself be able to afford tack and board and horse care, especially in the summer. Maybe you can get a summer job or do odd jobs for people for money or mow lawns or have yard sales...lots of times family and friends are happy to give you stuff to sell.
    If you do downsize to just one horse will you be able to keep her up? Worming, farrier, feed, hay, vaccinations?
    Thankyou :) I will have a think about it. I should be able to keep Abby, it will be a lot cheaper if I did just have the one.
         
        02-08-2010, 12:47 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Someone posted free lease??

    I would never free lease a horse. Anything could happen, from stealing to neglect. If you do, make sure its close and you can check up on them if need be. If possible, maybe someone you know?

    I'm so sorry about this whole situation, wish I could do more to help.
         
        02-09-2010, 03:25 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horsesroqke    
    Someone posted free lease??

    I would never free lease a horse. Anything could happen, from stealing to neglect. If you do, make sure its close and you can check up on them if need be. If possible, maybe someone you know?

    I'm so sorry about this whole situation, wish I could do more to help.
    I won't be leasing. If I did it wouldn't be to some stranger it would be to someone a knew and trust. Thankyou..
         
        02-09-2010, 01:30 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Sorry to hear about this Sam, I've been there. When my and my hubby had just gotten married and I had a baby on the way and he was away at school we did sell the horses, it was really hard, and I still miss them.

    I suggest that you sell Chester and keep Abby, and see how it goes from there. Maybe if you can get enough money for chester to pay the board up to date and buy a new bit and then maybe ride bareback for a little while.

    You are a smart, mature person and I know you will do the right thing. :) ((HUGS))
         
        02-09-2010, 03:25 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Another thought - are you depressed? Because that can make everything seem so much worse. Check with your doc. Get your head cleared if that is it and it will make decision making easier.

    As to the horses, keep in mind if you sell them you may regret it the rest of your life. I did that once and it will always be the one big mistake in my life I wish I'd never made (even with my divorce and all the other crap that has gone on). Can you get a part time job until you catch up on things?

    There are options out there, won't be easy, but you need to decide which will make your life better, life with your horses or without. I had to get a part time job on top of my full time job back when I was going through money problems and it sucked but it was worth every tiring second.
         
        02-09-2010, 07:09 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch    
    Sorry to hear about this Sam, I've been there. When my and my hubby had just gotten married and I had a baby on the way and he was away at school we did sell the horses, it was really hard, and I still miss them.

    I suggest that you sell Chester and keep Abby, and see how it goes from there. Maybe if you can get enough money for chester to pay the board up to date and buy a new bit and then maybe ride bareback for a little while.

    You are a smart, mature person and I know you will do the right thing. :) ((HUGS))
    I was thinking about selling Chester, but I don't know if I can. It would be so sad, I think I would cry for days on end. ((Hugs)) I'm sorry to hear about you having to sell your ponies, it is something so hard to decide. You put so much time, money and love into them, and you don't know if the new owners are going to do the same. Thankyou so much..

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    Originally Posted by Solon    
    Another thought - are you depressed? Because that can make everything seem so much worse. Check with your doc. Get your head cleared if that is it and it will make decision making easier.

    As to the horses, keep in mind if you sell them you may regret it the rest of your life. I did that once and it will always be the one big mistake in my life I wish I'd never made (even with my divorce and all the other crap that has gone on). Can you get a part time job until you catch up on things?

    There are options out there, won't be easy, but you need to decide which will make your life better, life with your horses or without. I had to get a part time job on top of my full time job back when I was going through money problems and it sucked but it was worth every tiring second.
    I used to take anti-anxiety meds a while ago. I did go to the doctor last month about my anxiety and she said there was really no need to start on them again. I worry a lot and I do think I might have made it sound a little worse then what it is.

    I'm actually looking for a part time job at the moment, I'm also looking into furthering some of my schooling as well. We will wait and see. You would have to be one motivated woman to work a full time and part time job, I don't think I could do that.

    I have talked to some people about selling Chester, they also thought it was a good idea. I'm pretty happy just owning Abby, but it is still pretty sad. I will keep thinking about it..Thanks to everyone.
         
        02-09-2010, 07:54 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Thats really tough! I am sorry that you are have to make this decision.
    It sounds to me that the best choice is too sell Chester right now. It sounds like he needs a lot of work but you could sell him to an owner that can really work on him. You could also use the money for a new saddle, bit or to catch up on bills.
    I would suggest looking into leasing Abby out on a partial lease. Ask around and see if anyone is looking for a horse. If you choose this path, make sure you have papers written up and are very clear abour who is liable for what. If it is a partial, on farm lease, I would suggest the other person pays for half of everything...it might even be easier to add up all the costs that you face in a month, divide that by two and charge the person that...I know that is how I lease my current horse. Good luck!
         
        02-09-2010, 08:45 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by juju    
    Thats really tough! I am sorry that you are have to make this decision.
    It sounds to me that the best choice is too sell Chester right now. It sounds like he needs a lot of work but you could sell him to an owner that can really work on him. You could also use the money for a new saddle, bit or to catch up on bills.
    I would suggest looking into leasing Abby out on a partial lease. Ask around and see if anyone is looking for a horse. If you choose this path, make sure you have papers written up and are very clear abour who is liable for what. If it is a partial, on farm lease, I would suggest the other person pays for half of everything...it might even be easier to add up all the costs that you face in a month, divide that by two and charge the person that...I know that is how I lease my current horse. Good luck!
    I have never leased a horse or leased one out. Would free leasing her be a good idea? Then they pay for everything else? I'm not really sure about the leasing thing, I have heard bad things about it.
         

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