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post #1 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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45 a month for a tack locker?

I am looking to lease a horse at the barn where I currently ride.I have ridden the horse several times and she feels like a good match and I would be able to take jumping lessons on her. (My barn only allows you to jump if you lease or own the horse). The problem is that she does not have her own set of english tack to use. I have just been using lesson tack when I've ridden her so far. The BO and the owner said they managed to find a saddle to use for her but that I would have to rent a tack locker for 45 a month to use it. To me 45 a month just to use a tack locker seems outrageous. Especially because board is only 400-600 depending on options at this barn. The lease fee for the horse for 3 days a week is 300 a month so adding another 45 to that is not insignificant.

I do really like the horse but I am starting to question whether this is a good option or not.

Am I being a penny-pincher or is this too much?
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 11:12 AM
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Can you keep the saddle in your car, or do other people need access to it? Depending on how long you'll lease the horse (e.g., is it a year or month to month?) you might do better to buy a used jump saddle and have it fitted to the horse (if allowed by owner) than pay $600 for a year of locker rental.

I've never boarded at a place that required a tack locker fee but it sounds unusual to me.
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 11:22 AM
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Every place I have boarded except one came with either a tack room or locker included. It sounds like the owner is looking into buying equipment for this purpose - I would say if the BO was the owner you are probably paying off the saddle more so than renting the locker. My son does not board where he rides but if he were to use a locker then I expect he would pay for the use. Some places reserve locker space for each stall so space may be limited or at a premium. $45 though would be a bit much if you are not only leasing but paying for lessons too.
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 11:43 AM
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Wait a minute...

You are considering leasing a horse the barn owns or is boarding on the premises... for 3 rides per week.
But you have to pay extra to lease a tack locker for a saddle the horse rides in in lessons you pay to take at this same barn???
Yea, think someone is looking to take advantage.

If you owned and boarded the animal, the tack locker is part of the amenities for their boarders...included in board??
Somehow this deal sounds not to be in your best interest.
I've never heard of such a thing...
Any barn I've ever worked at or ridden at, a lease horse had their own tack to ride in that was fitted to that animal for comfort of animal. Whether English, western or both...the barn provides and stores/keeps the tack for their animals.
They also had blankets provided for them...
This "deal" just sounds off and more than slightly weird to me.
Actually, the barn trying to make and squeeze every buck off me just lost my bucks...no lease and my lessons would be soon taking me elsewhere.

I, me personally would just tell the place "I'm not paying to store a saddle I not own for a horse I not own and that others use during the week when said horse is not contracted to me to ride specific days..."
If you own the saddle, take it home with you.
Fastest way to have things disappear is for others to use, not appreciate and lose or damage...
If it is your saddle and you decide to "rent" a locker...then it is your lock and no one has a key or combination to it or your possessions will be used and you know it.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 11:56 AM
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How about you just suggest you continue using the lesson tack on her and see what they say?

I think $45 a month, on top of boarding and lesson fees, is too much. Plus it's not like it's even your tack, right? They are going to buy it for themselves, and then charge you to store it?

If I really liked the horse, and liked the barn otherwise, I'd try to work with them so you wouldn't have to pay that fee. Otherwise, I'd be super annoyed that they were nickle and diming me (only that's not really nickle and dime amounts), and I wouldn't want to deal with it.

I agree with @QtrBel that it sounds like they're just trying to get it so that you're paying off the saddle they want.
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 12:16 PM
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Wait a minute...

You are considering leasing a horse the barn owns or is boarding on the premises... for 3 rides per week.
But you have to pay extra to lease a tack locker for a saddle the horse rides in in lessons you pay to take at this same barn???
Yea, think someone is looking to take advantage.

I agree. That's silly. $300/month adds up to $3600/year. That should sufficiently cover everything - feed, farrier, vet, lessons, barn and arena maintenence, equipment costs, etc. And that's only if that barn owns the horse.


Does somebody else (besides the barn owner) own this horse you're leasing, and that person feels as though you should be paying the tack locker fee on top of everything else? If so, sheesh! You might as well own the horse at that point.
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 12:36 PM
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You'd do better to buy a used saddle you can keep. For $45 a month, you could buy a decent one for what you'd pay in a year for the tack locker. Take your tack back and forth in your car.
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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So once I start leasing her she won't be used for other lessons any more. It will just be me and the owner of the horse (well really his son) who will be riding her. It sounds as if the owner of the horse has a set of western of tack for her, but just not an english set. Which I didn't realized when I first rode her, because I was just using the lesson tack in my lessons.

I talked to the barn owner again (who does not own the horse, just helps facilitates) and apparently it is her tack and she offered to sell it to me for 800 dollars. But I am still not sure its the best fit.

I think its more trying to fit a round peg into a square hole rather than actively trying to take advantage of me. The owner's son is in high school now so doesn't have as much time to ride so the barn owner is trying to help them set something up. But that doesn't mean I have to take it if it doesn't work for me.

The barn nominally has has half leases for 250 for 2 days or 350 for 3, for their lesson horses, but individual people can work it out differently and I'd be paying the owner of the horse directly. So them letting me do 3 for 300 feels like a goodish deal (and is the same or less than what I've seen for other barns in the nearby area) I'd also have a lot of flexibility with when I'd ride as the owner's son is probably only going to be riding once a week so I'd just have to coordinate with him.

In general I like the barn, they have some of the cheaper lessons and are really convient to me and generally seem to be well run
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 01:28 PM
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If you like the horse and the barn and the lease contract seems fair, I'd do the lease and then purchase tack. You can find something decent (used) for a lot less than $800.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-10-2019, 01:57 PM
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So $300 a month lease, no tack available.
What is the board bill currently?
Shoes and vet who is responsible for?
What are you allowed to do with the horse?
Jump, shows? Trails???
Or just lessons and supervised ride time in a ring?

I get paying a percentage, but not near the entire freight and load...you did say $400 or more right?
What happens if the horse gets hurt, goes lame and it wasn't you riding or created a problem?
How many others are going to lease the horse on your off days?
What is said and what is done are sometimes different to different people...
Although son is in HS, how much riding is he doing?
What kind of activities does he do with the horse cause it can make a difference, a pretty big one.

$800 for used tack is pretty steep.
You can buy a new saddle from a place like Dover Saddlery in their own line of leather saddles for not much more than that, NEW!
Check out Stateline Tack too for a nice selection of synthetic or leather saddles affordable and decent quality at affordable prices.
You can also buy used and get a heck of a saddle with all the fittings, bridle and such for less than that offer.
Craigslist local to you could be your best friend, so can many local trade publications and other places that sell used tack.
So many places at your fingertips with use of the internet and a look around.

Someone sees you being so wanting to ride and do they are setting you up to take advantage...
Innocently done, but they benefit and you lose a chunk of $$ from your pocket.
Beware!!
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Last edited by horselovinguy; 10-10-2019 at 02:15 PM. Reason: oosh...typos!!
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