Would you ever ask to buy the horse you're leasing?

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    08-19-2011, 05:52 PM
Lightbulb Would you ever ask to buy the horse you're leasing?

I would just like to hear what everyone says.

I guess you could say I free lease Cowboy. Although he is my second cousin's horse. I get to ride him for free anytime I want. In fact on August 22nd (2011) It will be our one year <3

I practically own him because his owner never comes down to see him, she may have come down once, and when she did, she complained and asked me to "not hand feed him anymore because he is becoming nippy." When in fact, he was always a little nippy, and loves treats and will lick you clean just to find one! I'm the one that comes down to clean his stall when I ride, just to be respectable of the barn. I've bought him his own halter, lead, sheet, although they did buy the winter blanket, because I was not going to fork over $300 dollar for a blanket, when I wasn't even sure I was going to still be riding and caring for him.

I know that you're thinking, "Well why buy him when you have the leisure of riding him and caring for him for free already?" Well, that's the thing. I do think this whole idea is a little crazy, but my mom keeps telling me that Kim (owner) will pull the plug one day.

She originally bought the horse for her 2 grandsons that are less than 10 yrs old. And I think she just wanted him to be a pony ride, backyard horse. When in fact, Cowboy could go SO far in his life, since he is only 8 yrs old. And also, I do not think they will be able to handle him because when Cowboy is mad, he will go on a bucking fit.

Anyways, my mom suggested maybe asking to buy him before it's too late. Or finding a cheap pony that me and my mom could buy for her and me still being able to ride Cowboy. And also I'm pretty sure Kim doesn't pay board because her sister-in-law is the barn owner/manager, and she also used to own Cowboy.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and if my plan sounds good (about suggesting a pony) And also, I would love to hear if you guys are leasing a horse and you have a connection and would love to buy them.

Also, if this is in the wrong category, please feel free to move it, if you can lol. Because I had absolutely no idea where to post this thread!

Thanks :) And here's a picture of my cute boy <33

Btw this is the halter I bought him lol, and lead rope, and saddle and everything...
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    08-19-2011, 05:57 PM
I bought the horse I was leasing,..., still have him, 19 YEARS LATER!!!!
I suggest you ask her to sell him to you, or at least,
Ask her to sell him to you FIRST if he ever goes up for sale.

Let us know how it goes
    08-19-2011, 06:08 PM
Yes, that is a good idea :) And the thing is, she's rolling in money haha, so I doubt she'd have a problem maybe owning another pony, since I'm still young, no job, no car lol, no money to my name haha.. That way I could eventually buy him once I was able to :)

And that is so cool! It must be a lot better since you already knew him before you bought him..

Same thing with my other friend, she started riding a border's horse, but she didn't end up leasing her..and now that she's for sale, she's so interested in buying her since she knows her so well.

ANDD also, jeez I always end up editing my posts haha! I'd be a little afraid to ask her to offer him to me first, because if you didn't know her, she'd come off a little snooty, and I'd hate for her to be like "Why would you ever think I'd sell him blah blah blah!" And I'd be like "EEEEP IT WAS ONLY A QUESTIONNN!" *goes and hides in a corner* LOL!
    08-19-2011, 06:39 PM
1. If the owner asked you to stop handfeeding him, you should stop. He is her horse. Ignoring her instructions might make her suspend your riding privileges.

2. It doesn't hurt to ask to buy him. The worst she can say is "no".

3. Just because she doesn't pay board doesn't mean you won't have to. Consider that expense in making your decision.

4. Do you really want to buy a horse that has bucking fits?

5. Don't assume she can just buy another pony since she is "rolling in money". Or base your suggestions to her on what you assume her financial position is. If you state it to her as a "because you can afford it and I can't" sort of thing it may come across wrong/rude...
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    08-19-2011, 06:53 PM
I don't hand feed him as much as I used to, so that's not a problem anymore.

Yes, but I'm just a little nervous haha, I have problems with coping with rejection haha.

And yes I know this, I would have to pay board because he is my horse, but I was just stating that she most likely doesn't.

And yes, I would still like to buy him haha! I love this horse so much, and he has taught me everything that I know, because I stopped taking lessons at my old barn when I started riding him, and all those horses were dead broke, and listened. With Cowboy, we had to work together, and when he first started bucking I was SO scared to ride him, so I stopped riding him for about 3 months, and my friend would ride him, so I have a lot of videos of her riding lol. But eventually I got over my fear, and when he throws a buck or 2 I discipline him, and we're on our way. It used to be so bad where he would buck at least 3 times per ride, and now it's about 1 buck per 3 rides or so. So if I wouldn't have stuck with it, he would probably be a little hard headed, causing Kim and her grandson's more trouble if he took off bucking with them.

And I wouldn't necessarily be like "Hey here's a pony since you can afford it, so lemme have Cowboy!" I would just maybe suggest the idea of getting a pony for her grandsons, that was easier to handle, rather than Cowboy, because even though he is a simple horse to ride, he has some difficult things that are hard for beginners to follow when they ride him.
    08-19-2011, 06:58 PM
Oh, and EDITT***

The reason why my mom plays a big role in this with all the suggestions, is because it is her cousin.. So that's why Kim is my second cousin. :)
    08-19-2011, 07:01 PM
It sounds like you've thought this out. Kudos to you for putting more thought into than a lot of people when they get a horse :)

If you are uncomfortable asking her, maybe your mom could do so? I don't know exactly how old you are but she may take the suggestion/ offer to buy better from an adult and her cousin at that?

He sounds like a better fit for you than for a couple kids under 10. I hope it works out!
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    08-19-2011, 07:10 PM
Aww thanks Dresden. And no offense, is anyone is like this, but I hate it when girls my age are like "My mom said she won't buy me a horse WAHHH HELPPP!" And I'm just like, well, maybe if you didn't act like you deserve one, she would consider it.

And I'm 15 btw, and I've been riding for 2 1/2 years, soon to be 3 in February.

And don't get me wrong, when I first started riding, I wanted a horse so bad! But now that I've been around so many, and realized what I'm looking for, and how to take care of them, I'm pretty sure Cowboy is the perfect match for me, hehe <3

And I'll suggest that to my mom when she gets home today haha, and thanks :)
    08-21-2011, 05:29 PM
I hope you get him! He's so handsome, and you seem to click!

I don't know if you get it over there, but over here some horses are advertised as "Loan with view to buy" where the current owners are happy to loan the horse for say 6 months, allowing the loaner to get used to the horse. At the end of the 6 months, the loaner can decide whether the horse is for them or not, in which case they buy, keep loaning if they can't afford to buy right away, or if they don't click then the horse can go back to the owner. It's like a really long trial period I guess, but at the same time the owner knows the horse will either go to the perfect owner after the 6 months, or come back to them, so it's win win for those scared of who they could be selling their horse to.Anyway, I know that information doesn't help you, but I thought I'd just bring it up, as I think it's a good idea for someone looking for the right horse.

Anyhoo, I hope you get him, and if it was me, I'd butter her up a bit - make her cookies and stuff, make yourself her very best second cousin, she won't be able to resist selling you the horse
    08-22-2011, 01:14 AM
Haha HollyLolly that's a good idea, about the end :) I'll see what I can do lol
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