Leasing/Half leasing a horse?
I am switching back to riding English, and the barn I am going to is a boarding barn. i'm going for my first lesson on Saturday :3
I was kind of thinking, when I get up to jumping 3 ft (yes I know that is a long way off; I was jumping 2 ft when I did English before), I know that I will probably not be able to jump lesson horses that high. Through a similar post, I got the idea of possibly leasing a horse when I start jumping higher. I was thinking more along the lines of half leasing; I'd like to go the cheaper way of lease for my parents' sake.
I get out of school at 3:35 and my dad picks me up at 3:45. I go to his office everyday after school, and his office is about 20 minutes from the barn. The barn is 30 minutes away from my house. Being semi-close to the barn could give me the opportunity to possibly ride more often, during the week, if my parents will allow.
What are the details and costs of leasing/half leasing? What is it like? I am thinking ahead (way ahead) about this so I can learn about it now. So what do you do when you lease/half lease? What do you pay for?
Also: I'm not sure if they lease at the barn, hopefully they do!
I know it varies from place to place but the barn where my daughter rides does a half lease for $285 a month. That includes 3 riding days a week with one of the days being a lesson day.
I know of another barn close by that runs around $300 a month for 3 days a week but the person leasing is responsible for farrier visits as well.
I do a half lease! Mine is very flexible and probably a little different than most. I pay board/hay/farrier/vet/etc. and the person I half lease to pays me a fixed $200 every month (roughly half of what I pay every month, give or take depending on hooves/shots/etc.) I do self care so we divide the number of days we take care of him 3 and 3 with the last day normally going to me but if she wants to ride or just go to the barn she takes it. I provide tack/trailer to shows.
It's a win/win for both parties! I'm a big fan of half/full leasing. I've leased myself and am a leasor now, great way to have a horse without the full responsibilities to make sure your committed.
My old barn, board was around $800 a month and a half lease was of course half of that price. Typically a half lease is 3 rides a week with one of those rides being a lesson. Most leases (through a lesson barn) are all inclusive meaning you don't pay for vet or farrier. The barn will schedule certain days with you that you can ride, typically any time that day and there is usually an agreement that the horse will not be used by anyone else during those days. (Some barns can be sneaky though, have a lesson horse used in the morning then the leaser gets their ride in the evening.)
I sent an email to the barn asking if they had horses for lease, they said they have a few boarders who look for someone to half lease every now and then.
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