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        12-27-2013, 10:41 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Things to know before part-boarding.

    For some reason, I've never heard about part-boarding! I checked up on it, and thought that before I think about leasing, I should try this first. Has anyone ever done this? What problems did you have? I've got quite a few questions, and if you could answer them based on your own experience, that would be great!
    (In my area, part-boarding is when a rider pays for several free rides per week, and sometimes a lesson included.)

    1. How much did you pay, in weeks, or per month? And how many free rides per week did you recieve? Was a lesson included/mandatory?

    2. What should my level of riding be? Currently, I walk and trot fine, but working on keeping a steady canter. Would being secure in all gaits, as well as basic dressage/jumping practice be safest?

    3. And handling! I know all the rudimentary handling, like leading, haltering, tacking-up... Is that all the knowledge I'd need, or is there other things I need to practice with before part-boarding?

    4. Did the horse's owner allow you to "train" them, as in working on collection/extension of the horse's gaits, bending over poles, and lunging? Not stuff like training a green horse to jump, but small things.

    5. Were you obligated to muck stalls, and do other chores? Or was your job just to groom and ride the horse, making sure they were safe and healthy?

    6. Are you allowed to enter shows? I know this varies from person to person, but what was your part-board like?

    7. And there any other things I should know/be aware of before I ask my trainer if I should part-board?

    I know some of these questions might entail an "Ask your trainer/barn owner!" But I want YOUR experiences, so that I can decide if part-boarding is right for me, and safe for both me and the horse.
         
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        12-27-2013, 02:22 PM
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    Trained
    I don't see what the difference is between a partial lease and what you're talking about.

    Wih part leasing or full leasing the horse, most of the answers to your question are "it depends". Leaser and leasee can really come up with any arrangement they want. The chores will depend on the boarding situation of the horse. The training situation will depend on how comfortable the owner feels with you trying that stuff and the knowledge of the horse - the horse may already know those things.

    Talk to your trainer to help you find a suitable horse. The details of the arrangement are going to be between you and the horse owner, so all these questions will be best answered by him/her. It definitely is possible to part-lease and be allowed to do shows and training and such.
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        12-27-2013, 02:37 PM
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    I've never heard it called that, but I have seen similar set-ups and the answer is as long as a piece of string.

    Assuming that you are talking about using a lesson horse that belongs to the riding school rather than a privately owned horse?

    In my experience - this is sometimes an easy way for the barn owner to make money out of gullible horse lovers. This is how I've seen it happen:

    'Queenie' loves her weekly horse riding lesson at $50 a pop. Sometimes she has more than one lesson but on other weeks she dosesn't have time.

    Barn Owner suggests to Queenie that she could experience the joys of horse ownership more if she takes on a part lease of her favourite lesson horse 'Trigger' for say $150 per week. This $150 will give Queenie the right to ride Trigger any time she wants so long as a) he is not being used in a lesson b) he is not tired from being used in lessons and c) he is sound.

    Queenie agrees and goes home delighted to have taken a step on her horse owning journey.

    Week 1 goes perfectly and Queenie rides 4 times - albeit without a trainer present so she doesn't actually have any lessons. Also, her time to ride is reduced because she has to fetch the tack, tack up, unpack, groom, put away, and on two days she mucked out because Barn Owner suggested that would be a great way to experience being a horse owner.

    On week 2 she willingly mucked out on the same 2 days, but she only ride twice because Trigger was already booked for a lesson with someone else on the days she had free. Hmmmm $150 for two rides, and the privelege of mucking out twice. Ah well, it's all about the joys of horse ownership!

    On week 3 she took two days off work specially to ride, but oh! Trigger was at a Competition the day before and has come up lame. A great opportunity to learn about bandaging and cold hosing though....

    On week 4 the Barn Owner texted her to say that Trigger is really busy in lessons in the evenings, but if she wants to come at 6:00 am any day she likes then he'll be available for her!

    ....you see where I am going with this. There are no hard and fast rules, but the more questions you ask of the barn owner, and the more 'what if' details you work out in advance, then the more likely it is that this will be a "happy on both sides" relationship.
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        12-27-2013, 06:45 PM
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    Weanling
    We have had the opportunity for both - lease a lesson horse at our dedicated lesson facility, or lease from friends who have 5 horses but also do lessons on the side.

    We opted to lease from our friends. Not only were there more "free" riding options available (vs any commitment for lessons), but the costs (because of no lessons being included in the rates) were better.

    My answers are below in red:


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    Originally Posted by QueenCheval    
    1. How much did you pay, in weeks, or per month? And how many free rides per week did you receive? Was a lesson included/mandatory?

    Our rate varies by month, but for the winter we are paying a mere $50/Month per horse for our leases. It's a REALLY good rate, but it includes nothing except a few hacks a week, our tack, and use of the barn. There is no arena and a small ring which is mostly unusable in the winter, so it's purely a pleasure-hacking arrangement for us. We tack up, hack out for a few hours, and come back. In the summer our rates are significantly higher but we can obviously ride more often, use the ring, etc.

    2. What should my level of riding be? Currently, I walk and trot fine, but working on keeping a steady canter. Would being secure in all gaits, as well as basic dressage/jumping practice be safest?

    I started taking lessons again a year or so back for the sole purpose of becoming proficient enough of a rider so that I could move to a lease arrangement as we now have. I wanted to be safe and capable before I wandered out on our own. Honestly, I wouldn't do any riding on your own as a leaser until you are fully competent at all the gaits - you NEVER know when you're unexpectedly be in one if your horse spooks, so you don't want to be unsafe at the canter but suddenly find yourself at the canter (or gallop) without the knowledge of how to ride it.

    It depends on what kind of riding you're looking at doing though. If you mainly just want to do lessons with the occasional solo work in an arena you could be OK, but if you're looking to take your horse out hacking IMHO you need to be a competent rider beforehand. You can't get into a situation that you don't know how to handle when you're out alone, or even out with other experienced riders.



    3. And handling! I know all the rudimentary handling, like leading, haltering, tacking-up... Is that all the knowledge I'd need, or is there other things I need to practice with before part-boarding?

    For the earlier mentioned arena-riding, you're off to a good start. Have someone teach you how to longe in case you want to take the "edge" off your horse before getting on. You want to be 100% competent at tacking as well as you may often find yourself without a coach to help guide you on the basics - is my saddle placed right, is my girth tight enough, etc.

    4. Did the horse's owner allow you to "train" them, as in working on collection/extension of the horse's gaits, bending over poles, and lunging? Not stuff like training a green horse to jump, but small things.

    At the level it sounds you're at you won't need to worry about that - you aren't in a situation to train a horse. Often, the fear of people who lease horses to new riders is actually the opposite - that the rider "unschools" them as the horses are often allowed to get away with a lot of things that they wouldn't under an experienced rider.

    5. Were you obligated to muck stalls, and do other chores? Or was your job just to groom and ride the horse, making sure they were safe and healthy?

    Varies by contract, but our experience was that you weren't obligated to much, etc. We often do out of courtesy to our barn owner, sweep up the aisle after we are done, ensure our tack is clean and tidy, and that of course our horses (and sometimes the others in the field) are groomed, but beyond that, nothing more. Again, make sure it's clear in your contract.

    6. Are you allowed to enter shows? I know this varies from person to person, but what was your part-board like?

    At our lesson barn you can, yes - at additional cost to cover trailering, etc. Our lease barn I'm not 100% sure yet but I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem so long as it doesn't interfere with the schedules.

    7. And there any other things I should know/be aware of before I ask my trainer if I should part-board?

    Get a contract. Have everything on paper..
         
        12-29-2013, 09:52 AM
      #5
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
    Assuming that you are talking about using a lesson horse that belongs to the riding school rather than a privately owned horse?
    Yeah, the horse would be owned by my stable's owner and not be a boarder's. And what you said is exactly what I'm dreading. The stable is a good 25 minute drive and I have a hard enough time getting someone to drive me once a week at a set time, think about what a disaster it would be if I told them that I rode a 6 in the morning! I'd be sure to make set times, and tell the owner that if they change to give me at least 3 days notice.

    Thanks, though!
         

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