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post #1 of 8 Old 07-07-2013, 01:27 AM Thread Starter
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At what point after taking lessons and all that did you guys start leasing a horse?
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-16-2013, 12:02 PM
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I have been taking lessons for 4 and a half years now and I started part-boarding my TB at the beginning of July, but before leasing a horse I suggest you ask the owner if its alright if you can have some lessons on him just to make sure he is the right horse for you and make sure you're comfortable with him. :)
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-16-2013, 12:23 PM
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I took lessons growing up and then took a break for a few years and went straight in to leasing. Now that I've gotten to know the horse I'm leasing we're going to take a few lessons, but I really think it just depends on your comfort level.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-18-2013, 12:26 PM
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I look English and Western lesson for about 2 years, learned what I could to be a confident rider. Then leased a horse for a little more then a year before purchasing.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-26-2013, 12:54 AM
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I started riding when I was about 4, so when I actually started lessons I was "ahead of the game". I did about 10 lessons before leasing, I think.

WARNING: I would suggest leasing a horse from somebody who promises not to sell the horse or make you stop riding it. I know that can be hard to find but if you fall in love with them easily that would be better terms. I got my beloved lease horse sold and it sucked! I was soo sad. So if you don't have that promise option, always have that thought in the back of your head, that it might not be forever.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-29-2013, 10:47 PM
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I started leasing when it made financial sense. Once I was doing one lesson and one practice ride a week, it cost the same as doing a half lease. I didn't do a full lease until I was thinking of buying; I used the full lease as my "trial run" for buying.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-29-2013, 11:22 PM
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I started leasing after a couple of years of riding. As stated before I got to know the horse and make sure that I was comfortable doing everything from riding outside, inside, walk, trot, canter, bareback and do all the stuff I wanted to do. My parents waited until I was completely secure in my abilities (and they were sure I wasn't going to fall off because I didn't know how to handle a horse! Haha) and made sure I continued lessons on it for a while.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-30-2013, 01:58 AM
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I never really did a lease in between taking lessons and buying my horse. At the first barn where I was taking lessons at age 11 I was to start leasing a horse, but I broke my leg (non-horse related) and wasn't able to ride so we cancelled the lease. The barn owner (NOT the lady who owned the horse- she was a girl away at college) was very misleading to the 11 year old child and her non horsey mother when she said I could ride the horse "whenever I wanted". I went out to ride the horse once, and the barn owner was upset that I didn't make arrangements to ride! That is the extent of my leasing experience, and then the leg broke. Once I got back into riding after my leg healed we had issues with the barn so I switched to another about , and began lessons there. After years of regular lessons my parents bough me a horse at age 15, and I pretty much knew the ins and outs of horse care at that point.

Note that I am all for leasing a horse before taking the plunge and purchasing a horse. I do think it is beneficial, but not a necessary step before buying!
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