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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2014, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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What is the average lease price for an on-farm lease?
What is the average lease price for an off-farm lease?
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-13-2014, 10:05 PM
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There really is no way to answer this question. It would depend on where you live, what caliber of horse you plan to lease, and what type of lease it is. Every leasing contract is different. In most full lease situations the lessee is responsible for the cost of the horse's board and care (whether on or off farm). This would average around $500/month at a decent full care facility, with a nice horse, in my area. But like I said, this amount can vary greatly depending on many factors.

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-14-2014, 01:09 PM
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I have no info on off-farm leases, however I have leased horses on property before, as well as leasing out my own horses before (on property).

It depends greatly on the individual horse, the facility you'll be at (most prices are a portion of board price), how many days a week you are leasing, are lessons included in this, is the horse a top level show horse or a plunk around the property horse?

I would say that around here a part lease (3 days per week) can range anywhere from $160-$800 per month. That generally doesn't include lessons or showing fees. A full lease around here would be anywhere from $400-$1200 per month. For my mare in the past I have charged around $350 for a part lease and if I chose to full lease her in the near future it would be around $650 - and that's incredibly generous of me considering what's included in the lease and the facility I am at. In the future I would likely do a portion of my mare's value (portion of would-be sale price) and that would be the annual lease price (generally this is 1/4 of the horse's value). That's really only for leasers who would lease a horse for 1 season or 1 year for the purpose of showing, and this would generally be done for larger or rated H/J shows. So let's just say $10,000 per year and that could either be payed up front, or installments each month as if it were a "regular" lease at ~$830 per month.

So, really all depends on those things and varies greatly by location.

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In my area for horses that are not particularly "special" in any way (not trained to high level competition with an excellent show record, for example) a half lease is generally half the cost of the horse's regular care- when I half leased a horse out, I calculated how much his regular vet, farrier, and board was for the year, then divided by 12 to determine his monthly upkeep, then charged half of that. The person leasing the horse paid directly to me, and I paid the farrier/vet/board bill.

For full lease/off-farm lease, you'd generally pay all of the horse's regular vet, farrier, and board fees directly to the provider. You might be required to use the horse's regular vet & farrier, so you might pay more than if you were able to choose your own.

As for actual dollar figures, it's impossible to say. In my area an average half lease could be anywhere from $150 to $400+ It depends on how much the board is where the horse is kept, whether he needs a full set of shoes or goes barefoot, etc. Some contracts may require you to take lessons during the course of the lease. In areas where horse keeping is generally more expensive, $400 might be the cheapest half lease you could find.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-14-2014, 02:40 PM
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For an off-farm lease it would depend on where you plan on keeping the horse, but you usually have to pay as if you owned the horse yourself. Boarding cost, feed, farrier and depending on your contract vet costs.

For an on-farm, my barn charges $90 for 1 day a week, exclusive use and will go up from there. So 1 day a week $90, 2 days is $180, 3 days $270 and it goes on.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-14-2014, 02:46 PM
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I agree with others, that's an impossible question to answer.

For example, right now I am only paying $50 a month for each of our horses that we lease, however they are "hack out" only as there's no arena or facilities beyond a small barn where they're situated. I realize it's an exceptionally good deal and we are very happy.

In the summer the costs go up, but are still very reasonable comparatively, but we can enjoy more riding so I understand the cost increase. Currently because or the snow and cold we're only riding them once a week at most, making the costs still very reasonable in the end.

On the flipside, at our lesson barn the costs are significantly higher – starting around $300 per month for a part lease on an intermediate level horse, including access to the group lessons when possible. The more advanced horses go up significantly in cost and are of course only leased to the riders who are capable and safe of riding them to begin with.

So as you can see, costs can vary wildly.

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post #7 of 7 Old 02-14-2014, 02:57 PM
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Are you currently riding or taking lessons? If so, the best way to answer your question would be to speak to your trainer or barn owner about what their rates are. If not, call around other barns in the area and ask. If you're leasing from a private owner and not a lesson barn then thing will vary even more widely.
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