leasing worries and concerns, share your stories
I've had lots of ups and downs these last few years, going from trainer to trainer, barn to barn, while always while having a very tight budget (being young there is so much money you can make with the odd job). Now that I can afford regular lessons, finally have a good paying summer job and found a great coach, both my confidence and riding are flourishing tremendously.
Next spring I plan to show, and so I decided that since I can finally afford it, I'd make my dream come true and lease a horse for a month or two.
I can lease either one of the school horses I ride, or one of the boarding horses. The school horse I ride that I'd probably lease is a bossy gelding, but in the saddle he's great. I trust him completely and I love how he moves. He has so much experience and so is so confident (guess that's why he's so bossy), that I know he'd never spook and throw me off or something like that.
My coach also proposed one of the boarding horses. So far there are two up for half leases, and there may be more come next spring. I'd love to try them out, as I love trying new horses (as long as I feel they aren't too green), but I am worried about leasing someone else's horse. My coach's horses I feel differently about. I know her, I know them, and I know there would never be any problems or drama. With someone else's horse, I'd feel awkward. Here I come to ride their horse who they probably have a great bond with, but need to lease due to financial reasons. And then I am worried they will be super paranoid about what I do with their horse (not that I blame them), and then I'd feel super worried of doing something that would upset them. Then with the school horses it's different. They are ridden by a bunch of people, so I feel the bond and respect I'd try to develop would be more special, and then when I stopped leasing I could still ride him/her. If I leased a boarding horse for a month or two, then I wouldn't be able to ride them afterwards. And I'm scared I'd have developed some relationship or bond, but the horse wouldn't be mine, or even accessible like the school horse. However, I'd like to expand my horizons and try some new horses.
I know it will work out when the time comes, but does someone sort of understand what I am feeling? Or tell me about your good and bad leasing experiences. I haven't been on the forum much these last few months and I feel the need to share and chat with horsey people again. ;)
Thanks for reading! :D
Subbing! Leasing is something I would like to do in the future as well.
I'd take the coaches horse.
I know you like and trust your horse, but if they can lease you another horse and earn more, well any coach, even a good one will choose that.
You already know that you like and trust the coach's horse, and he has more to give, take him.
When the time comes I'll ask my coach if I can test ride the other horses. She'll most probably say yes, and then the decision will be easier.
I leased years ago when I was little. There was a boarder who's horse was used in lessons and though we didn't know her she put him up for lease. He was already in his 20's and my mom decided that that would be the make or break to decide if I was really into horses (I had to take care of him every day haha). We met her a few times before we even considered it and talked through concerns with her and what we needed in a contract, etc. With everyone upfront about it everything went smoothly and easily and we made a new friend. It was awkward at first and she wanted to see how I rode, etc, but it made a world of difference talking and voicing opinions. Good luck with it!
I'd definitely ask if you can test the other horses up for lease. When I was looking for a lease my trainer allowed me to ride a couple of different horses in my lessons to get a feel for them. These horses were owned by boarders, but also used in lessons. This way I could still ride the horse in lessons after the lease was up. It doesn't sound like your barn works this way, though.
As for the awkwardness I have now been leasing my gelding for 6 months and have not once run into his owner. She is in financial troubles and it rarely allows her to get out to the stable. All leasing business is done through the stable so I didn't need to get in touch with her to make the contract, etc. There have been No problems with this kind of lease and I almost like it more than if I'd been leasing one of the school horses. I never have to worry that he is being used in a lesson when I want to ride and since my and friend and I are his only leasors we've developed really strong bonds with him. Additionally I feel like I can do what I want and not feel as judged as if I were leasing one of my trainer's horses. She's almost always at the stable and would be paying a lot of attention to what I was doing.
So I would go with what feels right....
Try out the other horses, but if you don't click right away with them, then go for the school horse. He sounds great!
you are a good rider. the owner would be thrilled to have you be her leassor. once they know you won't hurt the horse, an owner who feels the need to lease out their horse is so happy to find the right person, and it can be a real "symbiotic" relationship, since you bring good things to the equation and your riding the hrose can be a benefit, along with your $.
I had a bad expeience leasing
all I did was walk her around groom her clean out her stall
I did make a friend though
I'll be back later after work and errands to post a few of my leasing experiences.
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