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    05-19-2013, 10:29 AM
Leasing a horse?

I switched to a new barn a few months ago to ride English again, at my old barn it was Western and the barn before that was English also. Lately I've been looking into possibly leasing a horse at the barn, and I have some questions about it.

What is it like leasing a horse? Fun? Expensive?

How much does it typically cost per month to lease?

Will leasing help me progress faster?

What supplies do I need to get? I'm looking at getting my own saddle soon, a used one, should I wait until I lease or something to get it?

What other things will I need as far as like fly spray and such?

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    05-19-2013, 10:35 AM
Depending on the owner of the horse will depend on how the lease goes. Most of the time a lease is where you pay a set price from any were from $300 and up a month to ride a set days. Leasing is a cheaper as you don't have to pay for the horses bills or feed. However leasing can also be bad as its best not to buy tack for the horse. The owner should give you a saddle. As if you switch horses, not all saddle or tack works with all horses. It's best to talk to owner about the horse and his rules.
    05-19-2013, 11:08 AM
It all really depends on the owner of the horse with regards to price, what equipment you'll need etc. although normally tack is provided (it was when I used to loaned horses (I loaned three! :) before getting our own pony)!
Good luck! :)
    05-19-2013, 12:11 PM
I agree with the above posters....depends on the owner.

I had never heard of leasing. My two daughters were taking lessons on Saturdays. I saw an add for leasing and thought it was a great idea! They would be able to practice what they learned in their one hour lesson anytime they wanted to.

I leased a horse at a smaller private barn. We could have done a part-lease for $150 to ride a few times a week and there was the possibility of sharing with another leasee. We did a full-lease which was unlimited riding. Basically we paid her board for her of $250 and we had unlimited access to him....kind of like owning our own horse. She did have tack to use and grooming supplies. However, my kids wanted some of their own stuff. As we used up sprays and such, we would buy more out of pocket. Like I said, almost like we owned him.

I think it is great for new horse people or people who can't get a horse of their own. We learned so much, since at lessons you only have the horse for a controlled hour to ride and he was already tacked up when we got there most of the time. Plus they were push-button lesson horses.
    05-19-2013, 12:59 PM
I half lease a horse now, and it's my first experience leasing! The owner insists I use all his tack and equipment so my saddle sits in my room unused, but I don't mind as her saddle is much nicer than mine ;) I haven't had to buy a thing since starting the lease.

I do a once a week lease and for the month it costs $150.
    05-19-2013, 01:02 PM
Green Broke
I would go for a full lease. Not a half lease. If you want access at any time any hour to the horse. There could be restrictions on a half lease. Depending on the lease, you may have to pay for Vet bills, farrier, supplements etc.
First thing, is to speak with the owner, find out the price, find out what you can and cannot do with the horse, and what you are and are not responsible for. Get it all in writing
    05-19-2013, 01:22 PM
When I leased my horse (who I leased to own) his lease fee was board, and I paid half of his farrier bills (every other shoeing) and I paid vet bills for anything other than routine stuff (such as coggins and vaccines). I used my trainers tack since technically he was still hers and it fit him. I didn't buy tack until I bought him. From what I've seen generally lease fees is the board fee and possibly some of the bills. And that's for on site lease
    05-19-2013, 02:06 PM
Thanks everyone! I'll try talking to the barn manager sometime to see if there are any horses for lease, and I'll most definitely need to talk to my parents about it! I have a tack box that I keep my stuff like treats and brushes in, so if I do need to get fly spray, first aid stuff, things of the sort, I have somewhere to put them :)
    05-19-2013, 10:57 PM
I leased several horses before I bought one and have myself now leased our horses out for many years. Most folks will do either a full or half lease...some will even consider a quarter lease. It is fairly typical to charge for board and farrier fees. Some owners may also charge for regular, predicatable costs such as supplements, worming, etc. So if you do a full lease, you'd pay 100% of those agreed upon costs and have access to AND be expected to care for the horse 7 days a week, if you did a half lease, you'd be expected to pay 50% of the those agreed upon costs and have access to the horse 3-4 days a week---most owners will ask you to commit to specific days, like Mon, Wed, Sat or something like that, but it depends. Something that is important to note is that typically, if you lease a horse, you are expected to care for that horse on those days, I.e. It's not just a "oh I might go and ride on those days" it's a "you are responsible for the well-being and care of that horse on those days."

In my opinion, no lease should require you to pay unexpected veterinary costs---just too much trouble can pop up from that. ALWAYS get your lease contract in writing and signed. This protects both you, the owner, and the horse, and is also a good way to clarify rules and expectations.

To me, leasing is just fabulous! It gives you a taste of horse ownership without the true committment and financial risk and burden of owning a horse.
    05-20-2013, 12:29 AM
I leased a horse for my son for his 16th birthday party. Today we own that same horse and we are buying another one. Leasing really is a great way to get your feet wet.

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