Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Stouffville, ON
• Horses: 0
Am I ready to part-lease a horse?
I've been riding for five years, since I was twelve, at the same barn but their part-lease fees are way too high for me. I'm in high school, grade 12, and after this year I don't know when I'll next have the opportunity to part-lease cause I'll be busy with either my gap year or university! I'd like to spend my last free winter and spring with a horse that I can work and learn with consistently and on my own time, rather than a different schoolie every week as it is now.
As for my experience level, I ride once a week on schoolies in a group lesson, though I know how to warm up on my own and I sometimes help my coach to teach lessons at my barn for fun (the most advanced rider I've taught has just started jumping cross-rails and the least only does w/t). I used to show in hunter but I really only want to improve my riding, not really looking to show. I now jump around 2'6 as well as work on my own personal flat goals which is why I feel I would be happy with a part-lease. I love hacking and all the horses I've looked at are available to do that as well (something my barn does not provide)!
I've made my own map of horses available through a google maps add-on and their distances from me. Because I live in the city I don't expect to drive any shorter than 30 mins to the barn (my current barn is about this far), but some places are as far as an hour drive. I have access to my own car but gas money is a factor. I had a lot of spare time on my hands: I finish school at 1:15 every day, and I'm consistent with my homework and part-time job. Unlucky for me, the closest horses seem to be the most expensive to part-lease hahaha.
As for paying for my part-lease, I do not fear being unable to afford it. Even considering the rule that in order to buy something, you must be able to buy it twice. ;)
Based on this information, what do you think? Am I ready for a part-lease, or should I stick with weekly lessons until I reach a new level of riding experience? Or is it a bad idea to do this in high school? Please leave your true thoughts, I don't want to make any bad decisions!