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post #11 of 15 Old 02-25-2015, 07:35 AM
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Yeah, inclined to agree with others sorry. But she may be OK & your friend's description was remiss though, so do learn more if you really like her, and I'd be inclined to get someone else(maybe your trainer?) to check her out before you agree to a free lease(make it short for starters, and get her vet checked by another vet(not your friend's) before you decide to go longer term or buy.
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While I agree with most of the information given above, I have had experience with a "free" horse. My horse was either going to me for free or to the meat farm so the old lady definitely played off my emotions and got me to rescue my horse, Lady. My plans of showing dressage were so exciting!!! I did have a vet check her before i took her and she was sound. I knew that she needed some training because she had been a pasture ornament for about a year and a half so I knew that going in. Last year she had some sort of flare up in her eye and ended up Developing Moon Blindness. My plans for Dressage have not been squashed but it will take us longer due to us working around the eye issues.

My point to this is--my horse was free, I fell in LOVE with her, Yes she has some issues that developed after I took her but they are manageable. Would it be better if she didn't have any issues? OF COURSE!! But, you can work around things.

Go with your gut! I think leasing her for a while woudln't be a bad idea. That would give you a feel for how manageable her "ouchy-ness" is. :)
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post #13 of 15 Old 02-25-2015, 08:38 AM
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Just remember that the most expensive horse you will ever ride or own with be the "free" horse, whether you lease or take ownership.

To be fair to the horse and her owner, I define a "free" lease as a care or feed lease. It is not free to the lessee by a long shot, all care, training and board is expected to be covered, the only thing free is that there is no LEASE fee paid for the use of the horse.

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Two things go into choosing a horse: Your heart and Your brain. You need a YES from both to have a suitable partner.

Sounds like your heart is a YES, but the collective Horse Forum Brain says no. I'd listen to these folks if it were me. :) Sometimes the heart can fool the brain; it's a pretty strong organ. lol

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Just remember that the most expensive horse you will ever ride or own with be the "free" horse, whether you lease or take ownership.

To be fair to the horse and her owner, I define a "free" lease as a care or feed lease. It is not free to the lessee by a long shot, all care, training and board is expected to be covered, the only thing free is that there is no LEASE fee paid for the use of the horse
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Exactly. When I hear of a new rider wanting to "free" lease, I always feel like they are assuming that they get to ride this horse for free. 9/10 times that's not what free lease means. It generally would mean that said horse goes to leasers property/boarding barn and the person leasing said horse pays for ALL expenses. It's free to the owner of the horse, meaning they don't get payed for anything.

I have a mare on free lease right now. They pay for everything for her, including new tack/blankets/what have you - this includes show fees/lessons and clinic fees as well. But I still retain all control over mare since I own her. They pay all routine vet/farrier/medical care. If an emergency is to arise then they will cover it as long as it is under X amount, otherwise I cover it. I'm okay with that since it is still my mare and she means the world to me.

OP, I sort of skimmed your post since I am sick in bed = awkward laptop positioning, but if this mare has hock issues (was it arthritis?) but she's fine on supplements for now, depending how far you want to go with reining and how long the owner wants the horse leased out for, it could be okay. Now if the owner is looking for a longer-term lease and you are wanting to go farther with reining - then look for a new horse. Get a neutral party vet to check the horse over, tell the vet what you would be using the horse for, etc etc.
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