It's finally here! I'm going to be half leasing a horse!
So...I'm going to be half leasing a horse soon. My mom talked to the owner today and now we are going to go meet her and her horse. I am so excited! I have wanted this my whole life. I was wondering what are some things I should look out for while I am meeting the horse. Like bad habits and things that would make life a little harder. Your help will be appreciated. Thanks!
Congrats Mellmeme, hope you find a great partner. See what the owner expects of you and what the barn atmosphere is like, whether tack is provided, where you can ride, whether you need to take lessons. If you hit it off and everything feels right you might ask about the lease term and whether the owner would include an option to buy, in case you get attached. :)
If you're a beginner rider make sure the horse isn't going to be a problem riding. Also make sure she/he hasn't got any habits that you can't manage/correct. Most importantly though make sure you two get along well. Have fun! That's so exciting, what breed is the horse and what do you plan on doing?
As long as you get a very clear contract outlining what you pay for and what you can and cannot do.. you're golden!
Congratulations!! Leasing is fun
You've got some good advice there, including the bit about whether there's an option to buy. I'd say, make sure that you and the horse *like* each other as well. I don't mean Unicorn and Rainbow Love, but if this is a horse that is interested in you, and willing for you, and you like his personality, that's important. No sense in getting into a relationship with a horse where you're going to rub each other the wrong way all the time.
Enjoy the half-lease! It's a great way to get your feet wet on horse ownership!
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