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post #11 of 19 Old 07-16-2014, 04:04 AM
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$200 is really quite a lot of money if it does not include board, etc. If I were looking to lease, I would pass on a horse that didn't have a lot of training to offer me unless the owner was covering all expenses at that price. I would expect a horse like that to be free to lease if I covered board. Otherwise it's really not very affordable for the typical leasee. I would rather own for that kind of money, or lease a fun show horse/school master. I don't know about your area, though.
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post #12 of 19 Old 07-16-2014, 06:45 AM
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I have to agree with Viranh. When I leased-years ago, I paid $200/month and NOTHING ELSE, it was on site, and I rode 3 times a week.

I almost think you should so 2 ads, since you are dealing with 2 distinct markets, but at the bottom of the sale ad, put a one line-"also available for lease, plea inquire"…and at the bottom of the lease ad-put "also available for sale". Sort of like real estate-people will do a search and those searching for purchase are typically not those looking for lease…..unless you want to do a lease to purchase, which I would think can get tricky.

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Okay, so 200 is too high. I'm starting to think maybe selling would be the better option, though I hate to sell her. If we are talking about just selling, would me asking $1000 with room for negotiation be fair?

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post #14 of 19 Old 07-16-2014, 07:59 PM
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That is in a fairly reasonable range. You might get a little more or less depending on how the horse actually rides and prices in your area. It may take a little longer to sell her because there are fewer people looking for a 16 yo horse who is still a little hot. Not impossible, and I do think you could probably get that price unless you want her gone tomorrow.

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No, I'm not looking to make a quick buck off of her. I would just like to see someone actually riding her. Thank you!

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post #16 of 19 Old 07-17-2014, 12:42 PM
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If you want to keep your claws in her and NOT just sell her, consider a free lease. That allows you to claim ownership and monitor her living conditions, while giving the lessor the freedom to spend his or her dollars on things that benefit the horse.
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@skiafoxmorgan :: that would be a good idea. So I could just ask them to pay to take care of her, vet and farrier and care. I wouldn't get any money per month, but they would be riding her and such, and I would still own her. Correct?
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That is, indeed how a free lease works. PLEASE make sure you check everything you can prior to the horse going anywhere AND HAVE A WRITTEN CONTRACT. Onsite is FAR preferred, at least it would be for me-I would want to know my horse was OK.
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@xJumperx: Yes. And a free lease can be on or off site. You can include tack (or not), brushes (or not). You can mandate certain levels of care. ALWAYS inspect any facility they are moving the horse to. Google contracts and add stuff in as you need it. Include EVERYTHING in the contract--whether the horse can be shown, trailered, hauled to out-of-state events (or not), barrel trained, endurance ridden, road ridden, shod (or not), cycle of hoof care, vet care, etc...Include the frequency of inspections by you...Once every three months? Six?

I "free leased" my first horse to friends. I told them I'd never ask for him back, but they were forbidden to sell him. He HAD to return to me if they couldn't keep him. I was the last person to ride him before he died, twelve years later. It never crossed their minds to give him up and had treated him so well. It really is a great solution to your specific problem.

The only downside is that at some point, the horse will likely come back to you--older, less useful for active riders--and you'll have to decide what to do with her then. Keep her, put her down, or sell her to questionable people. Still, considering her age and spirit, she may be going actively well into her twenties.
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