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?