I've been looking around for a lease for about a month, and I've come up with the following two options. I'm having trouble deciding what to do, so I figured I would seek some advice from those with more horse and riding experience than myself.
I can lease a horse for 2 days/week and take 1 lesson/week on a lease day for $615/month, which for me, is on the high side. The advantage of this lease in my eyes is that I can participate in show whenever I'm ready, which is ultimately my end goal in seeking a lease.
I can lease a horse for 3 days/week and take 1 lesson/week on a lease day for $545/month. I like this option because it makes it much more affordable, and I get one more day of riding. This barn also has a working student program, which means I can work off some of the cost (pro), but I would have to drive to the barn 5 days/week for about $120 in gas/month (con), but it still comes out to be less than option 1. The downside is that I can't participate in show with a partial lease at this facility. To show, I would have to do a full lease. A full lease is $770/month without any lessons. With 1 lesson/week I'd be looking at $930/month, so I'd have to basically work my butt off at the barn to even come close to paying for it.
So long story short.. should I go with the more expensive option 1 and be guarenteed the ability to show, or should I go with the more affordable option 2, but no potential to show with a partial lease? I mean what is a decent time frame from when a person begins riding to when they start showing? If it's going to take months, then I'm thinking option 2 might be fine to start. And look at a full lease later.
I could use some other opinions!
Thanks a lot!