Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Southeastern PA
• Horses: 0
I think leasing is a great option, that's what I've been doing for a few years on and off. This Dutch WB I might have coming here really soon will be an off-farm lease for 6mo/1 year, whichever one seems to work out better. When the lease is over, the owner gave me the option to buy if I liked him enough. I used to do full-leases at a barn I practically grew up riding at, but left when I needed something more challenging. She was great with pairing me with horses and I rode an OTTB for 6 months (well sort of, during the lease I sustained a spinal fracture >.<, not fun.).
When I get this DWB to my place, I will have to pay for board, vet, farrier, etc. When I did the full-leases at the other barn I used to be at, I didn't have to pay for board, because technically I was already paying $350 a month to lease him and had to also pay for his farrier appts. But I did not have to pay for his vet fees.
So while it is like owning a horse, if something should come up that you can't keep the horse anymore, you can talk to the owner about taking them back.