Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
After owning horses for the last eight years, I can tell you leasing is strange for me!
As I currently have no horse of my own I asked around a barn where I have moved to; no lessons except private horses but thankfully someone was looking for a loan.
It goes to show how owners do things differently, and I feel like I am treading on eggshells to make sure everything goes right, as I know having been an owner you have your routines and if things aren't done its frustrating and time wasting when you have to re do it.
Contract, for sure. Who is liable for vet costs, shoes, bedding, worming etc etc. You need to get written down what you can and can't do with the horse.
You also need to look at insurance. Can they put you on their horses insurance? If not, can you afford to get your own insurance?
I am speaking to my new loan owner this weekend about a contract. The horse is prine to colic and has a permanent thick leg from an illness last year; I want to know what happens about paying if she has to have a month off.
What if she blames me for something? Well, another reason.
You also need to decide on how much notice you give if you decide to withdraw. Some say none, some say 4-6 weeks so they have time to find another.
Are you required to take a weekly/monthly lesson with their trainer, or can you use your own?
If I think of anything else will let you know :)