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post #1 of 8 Old 09-28-2013, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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leasing your horse out?

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I won't be able to pay my mare's board when it comes time for me to take the whole responsibility, but I will be able to pay half.
I'd really like to lease my mare out on a half lease, they pay half my board price and use her half of the month.

Now, I recently started taking lessons from an instructor at another barn. (literally across the road)
These lessons are for both myself AND Alibi, my mare.

The person that I would like to lease my mare to would have to be an intermediate to advanced rider.
Is it wrong to require a lesson, at least once a month (more if they want)??

And is it wrong, for them to take the lessons from my current instructor, rather than my BO who gives lessons??

I may find a job that will allow me to pay full board, but I do want to be able to have a plan, just in case.
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The lessons would be just so that they are riding her the way I do, to further her training.

Is that wrong to ask of a leasee?(sp?)
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You can put any kind of restrictions you want on a lease contract, and I don't think that requiring lessons with the trainer who normally works with that specific horse is all that uncommon. I don't think requiring one lesson a month is all that bad, but since you need to lease out your horse to afford her board, you should keep in mind that the more restrictions you put in place the harder it may be to find someone, so do think about whether or not you'd be willing to waive that requirement if needed (maybe just one or two lessons at the beginning of the lease to make sure they're clicking?)
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Yeah, honestly, if they just learn how to ride her the way she need to be ridden to improve, then I would probably drop the lesson requirement entirely.
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If I were the one looking to lease a horse I probably wouldn't do so from someone who required me to take lessons from a specific person, unless I was already planning on doing so.

The way that you worded it had me confused as well- what do you mean by you use her half of the month/someone else half the month? Like you have access to her from the 1st to the 15, and the other person from 16th-30? Most half leases specify that you can ride the horse Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and the other person can ride Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or something to that effect. I would not lease a horse that I was only allowed to ride for the first half of the month. Sorry if I misunderstood, but it confused me :P

Who is paying for your mare right now? Are you young and you have parental help? Are you leasing her or something? Either way, you have to seriously evaluate whether or not you can afford to have a horse. Even if you can afford board with someone leasing her, what if something comes up with the lease, or what if a horse emergency comes up? Where will the money come from? Plus all of the other expenses associated with horses. Not saying that you can't do it, just make sure it's all thought through!
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It would be alternating days like you said(:
Right now, the money paying for her is the social security for me.
I own her, she's in my name on the papers.

I have separate bank accounts that have money saved specifically for vet costs, my costs, and a few other things.
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It would be alternating days like you said(:
Right now, the money paying for her is the social security for me.
I own her, she's in my name on the papers.

I have separate bank accounts that have money saved specifically for vet costs, my costs, and a few other things.
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Ohh ok! Sorry for the misunderstanding! In that case, I'd start looking for the right person to lease to. Like said, you can be as restrictive as you want. Just make sure that you aren't so strict as to scare away potential riders if you are serious about finding someone! The best place to start looking is probably your trainer's clients. She may know of someone who is already taking lessons with her, wants to ride more, but isn't ready/doesn't want the commitment of horse ownership!
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Okay. Thanks very much(:
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