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post #1 of 4 Old 07-15-2013, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Questions to ask when leasing

I am going tomorrow to see a horse that I'm hoping to lease. He's a 16h TB gelding who I'm hoping will be a great fit. His owner is pregnant so doesn't want to ride (understandably) and wont have the time with a young baby.

He will be kept on their property about 20 mins from my house so thats fine which me and comes with all his own tack etc. We have been chatting via text and both the owner and horse sounds lovely.

What type of questions should I be asking/things I should be trying while I'm there? I will obviously get some sort of written contract (even if it is basic) to cover both of us if the lease goes ahead.

She is going to leave him in the paddock so I can see how easy he is caught, and then me ride him after that.

I'm so excited at the chance to be able to ride more than once a fortnight which is all I seem to be getting in at the moment :(

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-15-2013, 04:42 AM
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Leasing can be very exciting and rewarding.:). Some things: make sure the contract is specific about costs and names EXACTLY what your costs will be. Is the base lease cost inclusive of everything or could there be surprise add one..for example a surcharge if the price of feed, farrier, etc goes up. Who is responsible for vet care and followup? What are your responsibilities as lessee in regards to care both in daily riding and/or vet? Is there anything they do not want the horse to do? Policy for off property travel if you decide, and they approve, to show. For example..when I did a half lease on my horse, it was very clear that he was to be booted for any exercising; he was limited to jumping to only four times a week with no height higher than 3' 6". Lessee was responsible for any and all costs related to her own shows and that included any vet costs if the horse was injured or got sick either due to or while being off property. This included cost of farrier if he threw a shoe at the show. For the most part I kept full care of the horse related to vet, farrier etc as I am just paranoid that way...:). She also had vet authority to call but had to let me know ASAP and I retained approval for any major care; the vet had a letter from me detailing her level of care authorization. One other thing; if you are under 18 you may need to have a parent sign as well.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-15-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply!

I'm definitely over 18 so that isn't a problem here.

I've added all those things to my list of questions. Hopefully all goes well this afternoon.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-15-2013, 09:48 PM
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good luck with you hopeful lease

sign a contract what you will pay and what the owner pays

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