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post #1 of 19 Old 11-20-2017, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-20-2017, 07:10 PM
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I'd say go for it! You might never have this opportunity for a long time.
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post #3 of 19 Old 11-20-2017, 07:15 PM
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I don't see any reason you can't. You sound be able to tack up unassisted and do a basic w/t/c ride, ans recognize major illness or injury and have someone to contact for help.

Can you not part lease a lesson horse or do you have to find a different barn for that?
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post #4 of 19 Old 11-20-2017, 07:32 PM
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you sound like a mature, sensible and knowledgeable person; just the kind of person a horse owner wants riding their horse! go for it. someone will be lucky to get you.
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-20-2017, 07:50 PM
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I agree with the above mentioned, if you were near me I'd offer you one of mine! The best part of leasing is, if it isn't working out you can back out... Sounds like you have enough time, devotion, and disposable income to make this worth your while... I recommend visiting several horses, compiling a list of essential questions to ask the owners, and make sure you and your potential lease horse are a good fit... I would also recommend seeing if you can get lessons with your new lease horse with a different trainer... It's one of the best pieces of advice I can offer, even if you love your trainer(s) now... The old adage that there's more than one way to skin a cat, has always rung true to me and I've never regretted employing the use of multiple trainers. I've found more often than not, the way one trainer explains something might make 10x more sense to me than how another explained it to me, and they often "see" different things than one another that can excel your riding abilities a lot quicker; especially if you're only looking to improve your horsemanship.
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 01:40 AM
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I've been leasing from years. I've leased from a lot of nice folks, and some that were not my cup of tea, and so we didn't last long. I always say to anyone leasing or letting out their horse, the relationship of the two humans is even more important than whether or not the horse is right for either one of them.
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post #7 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 08:52 AM
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I'm going to go against the prevailing thoughts. It's not that I don't think you're ready for a part lease, actually I think you'd be a good lessee. I just don't like to see someone spend a bunch on a horse they can't own, won't have final say so over if there's an issue. AND, I think that the more schoolies you ride, the better rider you will become. Those old, sour, got to get it just right school horses will absolutely make you as a rider. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from them. You can part lease after college or when you get a job, plenty of time for all that. For now enjoy the riding and fun without the responsibility and expense.
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post #8 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to go against the prevailing thoughts. It's not that I don't think you're ready for a part lease, actually I think you'd be a good lessee. I just don't like to see someone spend a bunch on a horse they can't own, won't have final say so over if there's an issue. AND, I think that the more schoolies you ride, the better rider you will become. Those old, sour, got to get it just right school horses will absolutely make you as a rider. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from them. You can part lease after college or when you get a job, plenty of time for all that. For now enjoy the riding and fun without the responsibility and expense.
Thank you for you detailed and insightful reply, it is exactly the kind of response I am looking for! Although it may not be the answer I was hoping for, I do appreciate your input. I really do like my schoolie lessons (my parents pay for them), and no matter what I will continue to take them. I have considered taking up a second weekly lesson just to get more riding time in, but that will cost about the same monthly as a private lease for 2-3 rides a week. But your arguments about waiting until after university and not blowing away money still stand. Should I stick to one lesson a week?

Again, thank you!
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Look at the money you'll be spending at the lease. Make a list of all the things that you should/would like to be doing with that money. If the lease rises to the top, go for it. Do the same for the time spent on working with the horse.

Make sure it's the right horse/owner combination, because this'll be a bit like shared custody. You want to harmonize with how the owner treats her/his horses, and you want to mesh with that person as well. Take the lease contract home with you and have some people look at it. Be clear about your rights and responsibilities under the contract, and make sure that any special clauses you may have in mind are included. There are too many problems brought up in this forum that go back to the absence of clear, meeting-of-the-minds contracts.

@Dreamcatcher Arabians : I'm going to counter your point of view. Building a relationship with one horse to the point where the horse responds to your very intentions is a completely different experience from riding lesson horses, and dropping lessons for now does not forfeit her right to pick them up again in the future - maybe when it's more difficult to tend to one particular horse on a regular basis.
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post #10 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Look at the money you'll be spending at the lease. Make a list of all the things that you should/would like to be doing with that money. If the lease rises to the top, go for it. Do the same for the time spent on working with the horse.
I will get right onto doing that, and I will come back to this thread with my results! Thank you very much for the feedback.
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