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    01-10-2011, 10:34 PM
  #1
Foal
What is usually included in an in-barn lease?

I just started taking lessons at a barn near me and I would really like to lease a horse. There is a really great big mare there that I have fallen in love with. The lease is $375 per month, I get to ride 2 times a week and 1 time has to be a lesson...all of that seems fair to me except that I have to pay for the lessons seperately (an extra $180 per month). That doesn't quite seen right, does it?

On top of that they they offered for me to lease one of the trainers horses who is, according to them, "much better quality" than the mare. The price would be the same. He is nice, but for some reason I like the drafty mare better. So, if she is such a poor "quality" (meaning that she can't jump as high), she lives outside, and her saddle is ripped, why are they still trying to charge me over $550 a month for her? Is this normal? Are leases negotiable?

I have other gripes about this barn, but right now I just want to know if they are trying to hose me with this lease?
     
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    01-10-2011, 10:39 PM
  #2
Foal
IMO, that sounds kinda pricey if you're only getting to ride one extra time per week, but I guess it would depend on your area as well..

I half lease and it's $125 per month, I get to ride 2-3 times per week NOT including my lesson.

But like I said, it could depend on a number of factors
     
    01-11-2011, 02:16 AM
  #3
Started
Yikes, that is super pricey. Heck, depending on where you live you could OWN a horse with that much money per month...
     
    01-11-2011, 02:25 AM
  #4
Yearling
That's a terrible deal. You are basically paying over $90 per ride (going with a 4 week month, that's 4 rides for $375). You'd be better off just taking two lessons a week. You'd be getting the same thing only for much less. Actually you'd be getting more because the ride is instructed. I wouldn't lease from that barn.
     
    01-11-2011, 02:55 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I would not lease that mare. That is WAY too pricey. You could take two lessons a week and end up spending less money. Find another barn with more fair terms and lease a horse from them.
     
    01-11-2011, 10:43 AM
  #6
Weanling
It would be cheaper to take two lessons a week and have the same amount of ride time! I wouldn't do the lease...
     
    01-11-2011, 10:46 AM
  #7
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Zimpatico    
It would be cheaper to take two lessons a week and have the same amount of ride time! I wouldn't do the lease...
I agree!

We do require two lessons a month if someone leases a horse at our facility. However, if they have a full lease - they can ride when ever and how ever much they want. If they are doing a partial lease - then days need to be prearranged.
     
    01-12-2011, 11:24 AM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amba1027    
That's a terrible deal. You are basically paying over $90 per ride (going with a 4 week month, that's 4 rides for $375). You'd be better off just taking two lessons a week. You'd be getting the same thing only for much less. Actually you'd be getting more because the ride is instructed. I wouldn't lease from that barn.
I was thinking exactly this. In addition to paying extra for the lessons they told me that, since she will remain a school horse, I will have to compete with the lesson schedule to ride her.

I understand that most leases require that you take lessons but isn't it usually included in the price? I'm starting to look at other barns in my area and want to know what to expect. I'm in CT so I know I can expect everything to be crazy expensive!
     
    01-12-2011, 11:33 AM
  #9
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Rockett    
I understand that most leases require that you take lessons but isn't it usually included in the price? I'm starting to look at other barns in my area and want to know what to expect. I'm in CT so I know I can expect everything to be crazy expensive!
We do not include it in the lease. It's not included with board for the others who take lessons, why would it be included in the lease?
     
    01-12-2011, 11:37 AM
  #10
Foal
Hmmm, good question. I guess I just assumed that it should be included since it was required as part of the lease contract...
     

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