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post #11 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 10:20 AM
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I also think that you're ready.
Leasing a horse isn't rocket science--even if you end up with one that isn't for you, most lease contracts are quite forgiving, and you can back out after 30 days. Provided this is all detailed in your contract, it takes out all the difficult parts of owning a horse: there will be no unforeseen expenses, there are no 'required' purchases, you won't have to deal extensively with barn management, etcetc. You get to enjoy a horse on your set days, and that's that.

I will also counter @DreamCatcher Arabian's point, with a caveat. We don't know all that much about your situation, but if you're getting one lesson a week, a part lease will double or triple your riding time. So, with this in mind, I'd go with the lease.
However, if you can get one or two more lessons a week, or if you have free access to lesson horses (I always did as a teenager), then it's sort of 'half dozen in one, six in the other', and Dreamcatcher makes a valid point.
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 12:43 PM
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My daughter (11 yr old) half leases a horse and it has been really great for her. She loves it and she gets to do so much and has really gotten to be a better rider because she is riding 3-4 times a week. Since my daughter is young she either rides in a lesson or I am with her, but the lease makes it flexible so she can go out when she/we have time (not all half lease situations are this flexible though obviously) and the weather is good. She does not show.

Right now no one else is riding her lease horse so she can ride as much as she wants really. Riding a bunch of different horses is great for beginners and it teaches a lot. But riding the same horse consistently also teaches a lot and can help you move forward as a rider.

I don't even ride but I love this horse because she has taught my daughter so much and built her confidence as a rider- and of course the horse is sweet and lovable and all that but most of them are. Sometimes I think i get more attached to the horses than my daughter does!
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 02:10 PM
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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!
Since I got horses from a very young age and am now at an age where I actually am looking forward to having only a couple that I can full board & train, I would pick up the extra lesson each week. That way, you're not stuck with farrier, vet, special feeds, buying blankets & halters and just all the myriad little expenses for thing that the horse just HAS to have. To me a partial lease is like renting a house, you're putting your money, time, effort and emotion into something that won't ever be yours. If I couldn't afford to buy my own horse and keep him, I'd wait until I could. But that is just me. I've read too many horror stories about bad leases on here and other forums to ever make me feel good about doing one. Also, in my part of the country they are practically unheard of. So, take it all with a grain of salt, just figure out what you think is best for your situation.
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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@Dreamcatcher Arabians , Again, thanks for the reply. Leasing in my area is very common, and part-leases even more so. I will probably have to do some more research on the availability of the horses I am considering as well as what the situation is with tack (I know for a fact at least two I'm considering have tack I can borrow to ride) so I'm not accidentally leasing a horse that I can't even ride! Haha
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-21-2017, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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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?
I am able to do a basic w/t/c ride (I would never even dream of jumping alone!) and all the other basic things you mentioned.

As for leasing a lesson horse at my barn: They are way too expensive over $1000 a month, since they automatically require you pay board and for additional lessons that are $50 each. With my own part-lease from a private owner, I'm looking at between $100 and $300 a month (depending on how many rides a week I'm getting) and I don't need additional lessons as I could take what I learned on the schoolie and apply it to my riding with the lease horse on my own time.

The lessons I have at my current barn are a gift from my parents so I don't have to pay for them, but everything else is my own responsibility to pay for.

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Realistically between school, homework and your job how much free time do you have? One afternoon (I assume) is already taken up with lessons as you have said you are going to continue and lease is lagniappe. Do you pay per ride (once a week for $100/month) or is it a flat fee ($300 for as many rides as you can get in? What are the accommodations for riding if it is dark or the weather is bad? Indoor arena or trails only? What exactly are you responsible for and is tack provided? If tack is provided specifically for that horse - is it a saddle that fits you? If you have to provide tack can you and is the horse an easy fit meaning you could potentially use the tack later on down the line? Would they want approval for any tack you bought to use?
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post #17 of 19 Old 12-19-2017, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Updating this thread as I've gotten some pretty exciting news to share!

Eventually having decided to save my money for university next year, I tried to put the idea of leasing a horse to rest. I still wanted to spend more time out of the city though, and I asked my cousin whether she needed any help around the barn she manages while she's in Florida this winter competing. As it turns out, my schedule is a perfect match to what they're looking for! Better yet, I'm going over tomorrow to get trained by the barn owner and she suggested I bring my riding clothes so I can have a lesson, and we can discuss whether I get paid salary OR if I would like to work in exchange for a lease, which is the dream!

This barn is also *incredible*! It is the ONLY Canadian Knabstrupper breeding barn that offers a homozygous spotted stallion for stud!! I'm incredibly excited to meet the horses and possibly become part of their team of workers

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post #18 of 19 Old 12-19-2017, 04:53 PM
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Sounds like you hit the Jackpot! Good luck and be sure to let us know how it works out. Depending on how many hours they want you to work, it might be to your benefit to have them pay you and you pay for lessons. Otherwise, the tendency is to "ride 'em hard and put 'em up wet" when they don't have to pay the help.

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post #19 of 19 Old 12-22-2017, 11:15 AM
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Nothing better than a working holiday! Enjoy yourself and be sure to update.
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