Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Zealand.. Aotearoa.. Land of the long white cloud
Leases can be great. They can also be very heartbreaking. Make sure there is a contract if you do lease and think about what happens if the owner wants you to stop leasing the horse. I had a few AMAZING years leasing, but I was often swapped onto different horses as my riding ability improved. This proves to be great for my riding, buh Id developed such a bond with the horses it was really hard swapping. Just keep that in mind.
anyway, Have you explained to your mum that leasing would help you figure out if you were ready to own? And that generally speaking, once riders get their own horse (bought or leased) they tend to improve in leaps and bounds. Maybe ask you mum if you can lease for 2 weeks and trial it, so how it goes?