09-30-2009, 07:28 PM
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There are generally two kinds of leases...a partial lease, where you share your horse with x amount of other people, or he might also be used as a lesson horse. You're only allowed to come out and ride on certain days, at the most three a week. Then there are full leases, where the horse is essentially yours, you just don't have to pay for the vet bills,farrier bills, etc. (or at least not all of them--I know at my barn, its 200 a month plus half the cost of vaccinations and farrier visits, so it comes out to be like 225 every other month, and then twice a year its something like 250.) There may or may not be days that you can't come out and ride. A lot of barns that offer lessons offer their more advanced lesson horses up for lease, and this way you can have the freedom to take them to shows if you want to.....depending on who the BM/BO is, you might have to sign a contract for a certain amount of time (three months, six months, or a year) or you just sign a contract and go month-to-month, and are only required to give 30 days notice if you want to discontinue the lease.
Especially around the fall start of college terms, you can find a lot of good intermediate level riding horses for lease because their owners won't have as much time for them as they did over the summer, but don't want to sell them.