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post #1 of 10 Old 08-17-2015, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Approaching my instructor about a lease

Like most riding stables, mine leases out their lesson horses to earn extra revenue to qualified riders. Someone at the stable mentioned it once and it's got me a bit excited now about leasing my absolute favorite, Rita, a wonderful little Paso Fino mare. The person said she is on the list of horses but it's always possible someone has taken her by now. I would love to ride her just for pleasure and enjoy horses. My mother and I talked and she's willing as long as I put in the extra effort to help pay for it and she doesn't have to supervise me everytime because she just doesn't want to. But we need all the facts from my instructor-who is available, do I need my own saddle, what am I limited to doing with my leased horse, am I ready, etc.My mom said to ask her my next lesson Wednesday morning. But I'm kind of nervous and don't like approaching any of my teachers or coaches. Anyone have ideas as how to approach and explain my reasoning of wanting to do this? I asked by mom and she gave some advice that didn't make me feel any more confident so what do you guys think? Any help is appreciated. I don't want to get too excited because it might be a no but yeah.
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You need to check the details but Riding School leases aren't usually the same as private leases where the horse becomes your responsibility or shared responsibility
You might find that all the lease gives you is the right to ride that horse 'X' number of hours a week, Riding Schools make good profit from them because it guarantees them some income from that horse regardless of whether or not the person leasing it rides it.
Its also possible that you will only be able to ride the horse in a lesson situation or out on an accompanied trail ride.
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I wouldn't worry about all the little details just yet and just start with something like "I've really been enjoying riding Rita. Do you think I'd be ready to lease her?"

If your instructor agrees that you're ready and Rita is available to lease, then ask a general "How do the leases work?" type question which will give the instructor a chance to give you the overview. If you still have more questions after that, then feel free to keep asking for more detail from there

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Even a 'no' answer could lead to goals making it a 'yes' later.

A 'no' could also be because Rita is already doing a lot of work. You'll never know if you don't ask.

Why would you be afraid to approach someone who you hired to do a job?
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Thanks for all the info. Natisha-that's a good question. I'm just overly sensitive I guess.
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Also Jaydee-that's very true but really that's all I'm expecting. Just some time where I can work with her and have a little more freedom than in a lesson
Verona1016-that's a great suggestion too !
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Also Jaydee-that's very true but really that's all I'm expecting. Just some time where I can work with her and have a little more freedom than in a lesson
Verona1016-that's a great suggestion too !
Bolded - Will they allow that?
The two riding schools that I know of close to me that lease the horses only allow them to be ridden in lessons.
Does this barn you go too also hire the horses out for trail rides?
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I understand why you're nervous, I get that way too with any approaching of anyone.

I would probably approach it as "I've heard that you lease school horses and I was wondering if I could find out a little more info about that".
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Bolded - Will they allow that?
The two riding schools that I know of close to me that lease the horses only allow them to be ridden in lessons.
Does this barn you go too also hire the horses out for trail rides?

From the girl who first brought it up to me-you basically have time to ride your horse outside of lesson times (but only on the property)on scheduled time and dates, mostly on the weekends when they aren't used, and in the arenas or on the riding track that circles the stable. Even if you lease a horse at my stable, that doesn't mean you 100% for sure get to even ride it during your lesson either. Of course I still need info from my instructor but this girl had already done it and is known for being at the place a lot. (though I should've asked her all the new questions that have popped up) I'm sorry if I sounded over the top, I guess I should've said I'd be able to work on things at my own pace, have extra riding time, and just work on handling Rita's little bad habits properly (lesson for myself!). Oh and as far as I know, no for trail rides but you can for birthday parties, etc. Your input has been very helpful, thanks so much!
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Yay, it's worked out! Rita wasn't available to lease though I wasn't told why-but, hey, I am glad that I get to do this at all and I got my 3rd choice of horse so hooray for that! :)
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