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post #21 of 24 Old 06-19-2013, 11:30 AM
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I never leased and I don't think I could do it. I like to do things my way - my tack, my feed regime, my training time-line and working routine, health care done my way, etc.

Not only that, I am more comfortable if its mine. I hate borrowing things - fearful something is going to happen. I'd feel the same way towards a lease even if everything is outlined in a contract.

Not to mention I tend to get attached to them and would hate to have to give up a lease horse if I'm not ready.

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post #22 of 24 Old 06-19-2013, 11:34 AM
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I've owned my own horse before, many years ago. recently got back into riding and am leasing a horse now. so i've experienced both sides of the fence.

the lease situation i have is actually pretty good. i'm out to ride him more often than his owner, and have the liberties to work with him as i want - including teaching him to jump when we get to that point. i'm the main person in his life right now.

i don't have the attachment to my lease horse that i had with my own (he was my heart horse!), and i don't think i'd have any issue with switching to a different lease/riding another horse instead. mind you, my lease is just recently started, only been about a month so far. one thing that helps the 'non-attachment' is that i'm not a huge fan of the barn i'm leasing at, both for its location and the fact that it's a breed specific show barn. i'm not a show gal, and this barn is not the type of horse environment i prefer to be in.

the upside of leasing is the lower cost, but you don't have quite the same pride of ownership that you do with your own horse. i would much prefer owing right now but the finances just are not there to do so :(
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post #23 of 24 Old 06-19-2013, 11:55 AM
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I've been on both sides and I am also a lessor. It's the control, feeling of ownership, and putting my money into my own horse and not paying someone else's bills.

The only horse I've ever leased, it just felt werid. He was "mine" for the hour or two for the day, but his owner would take him off the farm for shows and had to rework my set days for the week. I never really bonded with him. Now that I have my own, I've been able put in some effort to get to know my leased horse now that I see him more often while I'm out to see my own, Avery.

Avery currently has a leaser. I am somewhat strict (7 page lease! lol), but easy going too. She's said I have been the easiest owner she had to deal with. When she signed the lease, I said to her "don't break my horse and jumping is supervised" since Avery is VERY green. Those are my only rules, and she has lots of access to him, not limited to her set days. She can come out to love on him any day of the week.
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post #24 of 24 Old 06-20-2013, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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So, control seems to be one of the main aspects.
What bothers me A TON is having more than one person moving stuff around... I.e. his blanket is now on the other side of the pasture, we left his bridle over there, don't give him his grain again, I'm now taking his bridle for my other horse, sucks for you! Those things have happened to me. In the winter, the lesson horses are kept in a different pasture, on with a 3/4 mile track around it. Not fun when ur freezing to death and have to go to the other side of the pasture in the dark, then fumble through a heap of blankets while holding a hungry pony, when it's dark! Ugh, then to find the blanketing crew is in the middle of the pasture with his blanket.... Lets just say i am scared of the dark and was soo ****ed!
Rofl, so that was a bit of a rant...

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