Considering a first-time lease... maybe
I have recently convinced my partner to (possibly) let me lease a horse at the end of next year, probably will turn to January 2016. I am trying to find out as much as possible about leasing and the costs related to it. My biggest issue now is that I dont know how far in advance I can ask my trainer/stable about this. I dont want them to try to push me into leasing if it turns out I cant afford it.
Another thing I could use some advice on is how would I go about asking if a particular horse can be leased? I met this mare about 2 years back, and just recently she has been moved away from my barn back to the breeder to be bred. I have reason to believe the owner would at least be willing to consider it (when I asked where she had gone the BO asked if I was interested in leasing/buying her). I have ridden her a handful of times and seen her in action many times. Around the time Id be looking to lease her first foal should be weaned. Should I let them know now I might be interested? Or is it better to wait till next year when I am more sure of what I can/cannot do? If you are a breeder, would you consider leasing out a young mare with great bloodlines after she hasnt made it in the sport? (shes only 8)
I would also like to ask if there is usually a fee involved for the use of the horse (other than taking on full maintencance costs), to be paid to the owner?
What are your experiences with this and things like who pays for vet emergencies/feet problems. How much say do you have training wise? Can the owner expect you to compete the horse at a certain level? (They retired her to breeding because she wasnt happy jumping higher than 1.20, and started refusing at scary jumps, low stuff under 1m she jumps perfectly, which is what I'd be doing)
Nothing is for sure yet, but since my partner gave me the -its a possibility- of course my brain has been filling up with all sorts of questions (and daydreams xD)
Im just looking for the general tendency in leasing, to be able to see what I can ask for and what I can expect.
Thank you for any and all answers!