Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I suggest leasing. Im on my third leased horse. First one was leased for 2 months before the owner switched barns (good ridence, he couldve been a good barrel horse though), second one was an evil mare that I leased and retrained for 6-8 months until she got a new owner that I just could NOT stand), and I've been leasing my current mare for about 8 months now with a 2 month break while I was out of state.
My current lease is a full lease with option to buy (BO doesnt think she'll be good enough for me since I want to show, but I don't think I could give her up, she's saved my life). While Im essentially paying to train this mare, I plan on buying her and making it all worth it. Her owner is also a friend and we're like family, the barn is quite literally a second home to me. The guard dog even lets me in when BO isnt there (im allowed).
I think finding a horse that you enjoy as a partner and a good, honest owner is the way to go when leasing. While I had fun with Dude, Im soo glad Im not still leasing him. Dude wasnt what I wanted, Lucky was pretty darn close and taught me quite a bit about training and showing, and ST (current lease) is my heart horse that Id do anything for. Id give up my cigarette, food, and any extra money to help her owner out with vet costs if she got hurt, even if it had nothing to do with me riding/working with her. While I don't actually own her, she's my horse..and everyone who knows me, BO, etc knows it. That's what I was looking for with my lease..not just a horse to ride. I went to my BO because she was a friend of my previous BO's and was never anything but nice to me ane offered up her horse once. She flat out told me she needed work to show like I wanted, but if I was willing to I could ride/lease her. I pay $100 a month and help out around the house/property when I get a chance, and I know it's worth so much more than that. Some leases around here cost $350
/month for 3 riding days a week, but that's your fancy show horse that's beginner safe. Try posting an ad in your local tack store or such about what you're looking for in a lease and search around online. I've also seen a lot off free leases (you pay all expenses while you're leasing) online and one of those might be a good in between for you and your parents. They can always just give the horse back if you prove you aren't responsible/dedicated enough, or they could keep leasing it.
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