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post #1 of 6 Old 07-17-2008, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Pros and Cons about half leasing?

Ive been thinking about half leasing Gypsy I spend about like 400+ a month on her and still have trouble with affording grain and stuff. I have second hand saddle pads my boots well their just bad. I also havent been riding that much but thats because im board and what not with arena work.

I would idealy like 200 or 150 for a half lease that would be half board and stuff. I have her on self care right now. Gypsy would have to stay at the barn and I would like the person to take at least two lessons with the trainer and then if they want to continue they can. But they also have to have experiance. And of course I'll be watching like a HAWK! Thats my boo and she needs the She comes first before my new boots.

So can you guys help me decide yes or no by telling me the pros and cons? With a half lease is it like how much the whole cost are split down the middle? Or is it all calculated on how much the horse would be for sale or something???

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-17-2008, 11:22 PM
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Well you decide what it is you want the leaser to pay. I have never leased my horses so I don't for sure what it is you would have to do paperwork wise but I will post what I know. For a half lease you usually make the leaser pay for half the board then whether or not you include farrier bills is up to you. I would have them pay for trims but then I would care for feeds and the annual shots. This way you control what your horse eats as well as his health end of things.

Make sure you have insurance set up for your horse. The last thing you want to have happen is deal with an injury while under the care of the leaser. Covers all your bases.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-17-2008, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Crap I never thought of insurance, thanks my2geldings! How do I do that? Is it like car insurance or something?

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-18-2008, 12:07 AM
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Ugh not a fan personally but here are my views;
Against: different rider = different technique which can interfere with training. The key to training is consistency and that can't be effective if it depends on the day of the week. You never know whos who these days and what they are doing with your horse behind closed doors. Make sure you have insurance!!!

The pros would be that it would cut down your costs dramatically (as im sure you know) and you won't be obliged to ride everyday. Also your horse will have a larger chance of getting fit and exercised more often if thats a problem.

Like My2geldings said you can set your price, most likely would be down the middle. I would have him/her sign an agreement for sure where you put your financial and general agreements down. Such things like which days she would ride on and what happened if the horse was to get injured/what procedure to follow/what vet to call. Showing agreements if she would like to show him, just monthly and emergency responsibilities so that you have your back covered.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-18-2008, 09:41 AM
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i am doing a full lease on my older show mare right now...

I have known the family for many years and have seen how they have taken care of their horses so that helps. but here is how we have dealt with it the last couple of summers (she uses her for 4-H):

This spring I took care of the initial shots/ coggins/ deworming/ hoof care etc...

-She is responsible for insurring that Chloe gets her feet done every 5-6 weeks with my old farrier (I moved away and they are back in my home area)... this includes shoes on the front and a good general trim in the back
- keeping up with her health care (deworming, boster shots...etc)
-If she was to colic, become lame etc... they are required to call my old vet asap, if my perfered vet isnt available I have a list in order who to call, then they need to contact myself or my mom (mom lives really close)
-They must provide hay/grain/grass
-She is allowed to do whatever events she wants within Chloes disipline (shows, clinics, trial rides, county fair, etc)
- I am allowed to stop out whenever I want and if i feel proper care isnt being used I can remove her (but there has been no issue)
- I let her have use of my tack for chloe... chloe is harder to fit and I already have a western and english saddle that I bought when I first started riding her. She also has use of my extra show halter, show bridle, and english bridle (some say I am way too nice). i just want chloe and Grace (the girls who is leasing her) to have a good time.
-I dont charge a "month" fee since they are paying for eveything while they have her. For me it works out because I dont have to pay for her board during the summer.

- the downfall is that I cant technically show her since Grace is using her for 4-H and i could get her in trouble with the county. i was at thier first open show and Grace was really nervous and thought that Chloe was limping. She wasnt at all so i jumped on to show Grace that her "limping" was Grace loping correctly (she is really rough to sit when she is collected, smooth feeling=4 beating lol) People from our county were already getting ****y about it since I rode a "4-H horse" and Im no longer in 4-H... I wasnt even at a 4-H show and I know people that keep their horse at a trainers all year...

I hope this helps somewhat. I havent done a half lease but I might do that next year with Chloe since Grace bought Sadie from me earlier this summer (another show horse of mine that was recovering from an injury...she is fine now though).

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-18-2008, 12:06 PM
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i have leased twice-so my thoughts are from the lesses point, but

you get $$$ which helps care for your horse
you get free time as soemone else is going some of the work
your horse gets more attention and hopefully good stimulation and exercize

rolf is correct re: riding styles and handling styles can conflict=
i dumped my lease on my beloved Romeo-over handling styles-
you really need to get to know the person and know what they expect from you and your horse and what you expect from them- make sure that you do a contract that clearly spells everything out-insurance is a must. It can be a wonderful relationship for all if it is carefully thought out and on paper. You are right on the mark with watching closely-
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