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post #1 of 6 Old 11-21-2017, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Should I free lease my pasture puff?

Long story short, I bought a skinny little thoroughbred 3 years ago that was supposedly a calm trail horse. Turned out he was a horrible bucker and dangerous to ride. Within a year, I ended up retiring him, due to the fact I think his bucking was caused by an unknown physical issue and was now an ingrained habit at this point.
I currently have 3 horses, and it's my first year in college. My parents are kindly paying the horse board/fees for me, but I need to take over and start paying the horse board myself very very soon. Although boarding is pretty cheap where I board (170$ per horse each month) it's still a lot to pay for! I need to be able to afford to move out of my parents house too. To save costs and to be able to put more money towards my horses, I plan on buying a used camper trailer to live in, because apartments are way too expensive.

I don't want to part with him but I feel like I won't be able to afford to keep 3 horses and live on my own when I'm in college. Should I offer him up for free lease as a companion horse? Selling him seems way too risky.. I've heard too many horror stories of people selling their horse and finding out later it was shipped to slaughter or went to a bad home. He's a pasture puff at only 11 years old. And he's also a cribber, and needs front shoes too. The good side about him is that he's good looking, super sweet/gentle on the ground, and he's an easy keeper. I'm worried something bad might happen to him even if I just free lease him out. Like what if I lose contact with the person leasing him, and they sell him out from underneath me? Is this a bad idea?? Have you had any bad experiences like this leasing out a companion horse? I'm not sure if I should do this, or even how I should go about doing this, or what horse websites to advertise on.. Like what are the chances anyone would even want to lease or buy a companion horse in this economy?
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Unfortunately you would likely struggle to find him anywhere, even if someone is searching for a companion/lawn mower, the fact he needs shoes and has a vice would likely rule him out.

You could still post an ad on your local FaceBook groups, offering him as a free lease companion horse, detail everything, and just see if anything sticks. It can happen, but it likely may not.
You couldn't sell, based on what you've explained, so he likely wouldn't end up anywhere nice if you chose to do that.

There is no harm in trying and posting locally, but it just may never happen.
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You *might* find someone looking for a companion animal but I would say that it's not real common.

Also, since you would be leasing him out, most arrangements mean that the owner still pays for the horse's upkeep, so you most likely would still be responsible for his shoes.

Totally curious, if he's a pasture puff, why does he need front shoes?

I think it would be far-fetched in most cases for a leasor to sell a horse from under the owner's nose -- after all, they do not own said horse and that would be illegal. Of course there are dishonest people in the world, but I wouldn't think that would be a "common" thing.

It would be the responsibility of both parties to keep in touch. If you are going to be too busy with college, that may be difficult for you.

If I were in your shoes, I would probably choose between (1) selling him with full disclosure of his issues or (2) putting him down. I know option #2 may seem extreme to some folks but it is a valid option. You say he is dangerous to ride. There is no shame in putting down a dangerous horse that you cannot afford to board. That is the only SURE way you will know that nothing bad will happen to him.

As far as selling him, you might find someone looking for a project that is willing to put some money toward figuring out any physical issues he has. You just never know.

Tough decisions either way, especially when you are about to put yourself through college. But good that you are being realistic about your financial situation.
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Its not easy to lease/loan out a horse that requires extra care as just a companion, I've been asking around to find someone who would take a retired horse of mine, even offered to pay for her Cushing's med, vet costs etc but no takers.
I'd be very cautious about letting a horse go to anyone where you couldn't keep some sort of an eye on it. We had a bad experience when we let a pony go out on loan to someone who had excellent references


From the other side of the fence I took on a problem Arabian on a loan with a view to buy agreement and then by complete fluke was approached at a show by his actual owner who had been searching for him for some time. He'd loaned him out because he'd had some serious health issues to a woman he trusted who then moved area and never contacted him. These things do happen. I'd put a lot of time and money into that horse and what I got back in terms of compensation didn't come close to covering my costs
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You *might* find someone looking for a companion animal but I would say that it's not real common.

Also, since you would be leasing him out, most arrangements mean that the owner still pays for the horse's upkeep, so you most likely would still be responsible for his shoes.

Totally curious, if he's a pasture puff, why does he need front shoes?

I think it would be far-fetched in most cases for a leasor to sell a horse from under the owner's nose -- after all, they do not own said horse and that would be illegal. Of course there are dishonest people in the world, but I wouldn't think that would be a "common" thing.

It would be the responsibility of both parties to keep in touch. If you are going to be too busy with college, that may be difficult for you.

If I were in your shoes, I would probably choose between (1) selling him with full disclosure of his issues or (2) putting him down. I know option #2 may seem extreme to some folks but it is a valid option. You say he is dangerous to ride. There is no shame in putting down a dangerous horse that you cannot afford to board. That is the only SURE way you will know that nothing bad will happen to him.

As far as selling him, you might find someone looking for a project that is willing to put some money toward figuring out any physical issues he has. You just never know.

Tough decisions either way, especially when you are about to put yourself through college. But good that you are being realistic about your financial situation.
Seabiscuit,Beau, and Jaydee, thanks for the honest answers. Also he needs front shoes because he gets very sore in his front feet without them.
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From the other side of the fence I took on a problem Arabian on a loan with a view to buy agreement and then by complete fluke was approached at a show by his actual owner who had been searching for him for some time. He'd loaned him out because he'd had some serious health issues to a woman he trusted who then moved area and never contacted him. These things do happen. I'd put a lot of time and money into that horse and what I got back in terms of compensation didn't come close to covering my costs
Wow... that is awful. It's terrible that the guy's horse was stolen by the lady like that, and also terrible for you because you had to give up the horse you were leasing. I'm just curious, but how long were you leasing the horse, and were you attached to it? Were you planning on buying it? How did the owner even react when he saw you with his horse?

This is why I'm very worried about putting my horse on a full lease, off property. But it's highly unlikely I could find someone willing to lease him at the same place I board at.
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