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post #1 of 11 Old 06-11-2015, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Can Someone Help Me Find a Horse

HI Guys.

I'm looking for a gelding (will also look at mares) somewhere in the Raleigh, NC area--can be anywhere in NC, VA, or SC--to FREE OFFSITE LEASE.
This means I pay for board, tack, and farrier bills, and the horse owner pays for vet and food bills. I can also contribute on food.
I don't care how old the horse is or what breed they are, though I would PREFER a gaited breed, as I would mostly be trail riding. No showing or anything. A draft cross would also be good, but please, no 18 hh giants :)
I ride western in an Australian saddle.
This would be a good scenario for someone going to college, or for someone who doesn't have time for their horse, but thinks they someday will, and doesn't want to sell them.
I am a 15 year old, straight A high school Honors student, and I currently work at a small farm outside of Raleigh (called Buckhorn Farms in Holly Springs if you want to look it up). I can provide references on request.
Please help guys! If you know anyone, please point them my way!
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-11-2015, 02:34 PM
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Hmmm, it's not likely someone is going to be willing to give you a free offsite lease and not expect you to pay for food and any vet bills incurred during the time you have the horse.

Also, since you're a minor and can't legally enter into a binding contract, your parents would have to agree to be liable for all expenses.

Surprised the BO where you work doesn't have something for you. I do wish you luck, but it's not really a plus for a horse owner if they're still going to be responsible for feed and all vet bills while the horse isn't in their possession.

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post #3 of 11 Old 06-11-2015, 02:42 PM
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^^^I was thinking the same thing.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-11-2015, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah....I thought that might be the case :(

About a year ago I was able to lease a horse for nothing more than farrier bills and feeding the owner's other horses...I don't have the horse anymore because the owner moved.
Guess that was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. :(
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post #5 of 11 Old 06-11-2015, 11:43 PM
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You got lucky on that one HorseCrazyNC but I wish you luck in finding something that will work for you.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-11-2015, 11:53 PM
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Tons of gaited horses on craigs list going for a few hundred dollars around here in Knoxville. Vet bills aren't all that bad. A few hundred a year. Especially not too bad if you get lucky and don't need to shoe your horse. You could always buy a gaited horse, put your years on it, and sell it when you are ready to move on.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-12-2015, 01:24 AM
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Free leases can be hard to come by, let alone ones where you don't have to pay for the vet or feed bills.

If you haven't already, I would ask your BO if she/he knew of anyone or even had a horse that someone was willing to lease out. I know when I was looking to lease, I turned to my BO and she found my lease (now owned) mare.

Best of luck in your search! :)
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-12-2015, 02:28 AM
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Free leases for good horses are uncommon, and for all that I have seen the leases was responsible for all costs while in care, including routine vet however often not including accidental vet.

This will be combined with you being in possible the worst demographic - not many people are keep to lease to a 15 year old.

My advise is instead of looking for a lease look for a situation where you can ride someone's horse they don't have the time for or something.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-12-2015, 09:13 AM
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How about just trying to find someone who would let you ride their horse on occasion? You don't have to lease it, just offer to help keep it fit by exercising it. In exchange, you could also do barn chores.

A lease is a little more formal and an owner might not be comfortable with that, especially since you are not taking over a lot of the costs.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-12-2015, 11:24 AM
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It will be hard to find a free lease. But like the others said, you may find one in your area that needs to be riden. You may even find horses at your barn or one close hat needs to be riden. It may not be what you want and they may want them to stay on the property. But it could work out over time to even being a job. If you know how to ride right and can handle the horses, people may thank you for helping them. Take your time. Buying your own horse is something to look at, but be sure you know of all of the costs. Buying is only a small cost. Feeding and taking care of 24/7 is a lot more. Good luck.
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