Thoughts on half leasing?
I am thinking about half leasing Casey out. And as much as the possibility scares me, possibly selling her. Which I really hope it won't come down to, but I know I will be too busy for both Candy and Casey in a few years and will have to choose between them, and really that is a choice between having a horse (Casey) for pleasure, or breaking my heart and continuing my life long dream of working my way up in eventing (or whatever Candy and I end up doing). I know I have the right horse for the latter, Candy is frankly amazing, she has some raw talent in her.
I have had Casey for four years, she was my first horse. Recently, I feel like we have not been getting along as well under saddle, my thing really. Riding is not everything with horses, obviously, but Casey deserves someone who can ride her regularly (not just once a week!) exploring trails and beaches, not someone who can only ride her once a week in a small area in a pasture and who gets frustrated. I think my not getting along with her as well is a part of some personal issues that would be inappropriate to discuss on a public forum, and I think Casey is just feeding off of everything and is a little confused, and with my muddled mind we are clashing. With Candy and myself having extra lessons, paying to use an arena, her shoes, limited pasture with two horses, and show/trailering fees, I am tight on money as well.
So, what are your thoughts on half leasing? Full leasing? I have been looking at contracts online, do any of you know of any good ones? I am willing to pay a little bit as long as the contract is worth it! Any recommendations on pricing a half lease for riding 4 days a week on a trail broke, non spooky, 15 year old Pintabian mare, 13.2 hands, needs someone who can handle a little testing, and I would pay and be there for all feedings, vet care, and barefoot trimming (if they rode her on rocks they would have to pay for shoes)? She would stay at my house. I wouldn't want someone else in charge of her food, hooves, shots, etc., because I want to make sure she gets the best care and I would freak out if they started feeding just a little bit of sweet feed, not having her teeth checked and floated if needed every year, etc... Thanks!
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