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    12-10-2013, 11:16 PM
I don't think you need to own a horse to bond with it :) I am the barn manager at a riding camp and I don't own any of the 20 horses we rent or the 2 horses and one miniature horse we own, but I feel a connection with all of them because I feed them everyday, ride as many as I can almost everyday, and I work with them as well as my campers everyday :) It is just the time spent that creates the relationship with a horse
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    12-10-2013, 11:26 PM
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I had a fairly strong bond with the gelding I leased, but I was the only one who really rode him.
The biggest difference I've noticed in leasing a horse and ownership is the cost.
    12-11-2013, 12:28 AM
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The horse doesn't know they're leased so on that side there is no real difference.

A half lease you'll have less time, a full lease pretty much the same.

I've found that the trouble with bonding is on my side though. Knowing that the horse isn't mine, that one day it will be taken away, that it's someone elses, well it's not the same.
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    12-11-2013, 01:05 AM
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The bond is all what you put into it and what you want to get out of it. I know some folks that only lease horses in the short term, and they try to distance themselves. I have a friend that has been leasing a horse for 5 years, and she has an excellent bond with him. Much better than with the horse she has owned for close to two years.

The horse isn't going to bond with the person that owns him but never interacts with him anymore than he would with some random person off the street. He will bond with the person that spends time riding, grooming, loving him, etc.
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    12-11-2013, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by bessie2    
A little clarification- I know everything about the financial and legal difference, I'm just looking at the difference bonding wise.
Horses don't care about who's paying the bills
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    12-11-2013, 01:25 AM
There is no guarantee that an owner will feel more bonded with a horse than the person who part leases it just because he owns it. It depends a lot on who spends the most time with the horse. But, I think there IS a difference. I have not been able to own, and have leased for many years. It' works for both me and the owners,and I am not really unhappy about it, but I would feel quite differently about the horses I ride, if they really were mine. There IS a difference when you KNOW it's yours, and when you know it's not.

I care about them and treat them lovingly, but it is not the same when I know that I will not be responsible for them until their dying day, and I cannot really say "MY" horse. And when the horse has some behavioral issue, I do not feel quite as driven to correct it as I would be if this were my horse. I tend to be more of "well, he's not mine, so it's not my right nor responsibility to change him." I am a bit lazier since I am just going to ride him, and put him back. I don't personally stand to gain from putting a LOT of training energy into him, since I may or may not be riding him 5 years from now. There's a sense of impermanence that makes me more accepting of flaws; kind of like the renter of a house might not be as enthused about remodeling it if it's serving his purposes well enough now.

And lastly, as a leasser, you really DO have to restrain yourself from falling in love with your horse. He isn't YOURS, so you cannot allow yourself that.

Still, I am really very fond of the horse I lease. I am THIS close, in my heart, him being "mine".
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    12-11-2013, 07:33 PM
Thank you guys
    12-25-2013, 06:46 PM
Right now, I lease a horse. It is not too different from owning a horse. When you lease, (at least at my barn) the owner will pay for any vet bills and farrier bills. When you own, you have to pay for that yourself. I hope I helped. 😄
    12-25-2013, 07:01 PM
I am a big fan of leasing for the purpose of learning/practice for the day when you get your own. It's true that you risk a lot less financially when you lease but...
Tiny Lily is right-it can be extremely upsetting to bond with a horse that is not your own. You really have no control of how the horse is treated and I have seen some leased horses taken out of leases and neglected, abused horribly or sold and you never see them again.
It can really break your heart so be careful!!

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