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post #1 of 11 Old 08-26-2017, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Leasing vs Adopting

So I have been riding for a few years now, and got in to showing a year ago. Not to bash or offend anyone, but I dont see much of a point in paying $300 for a few ribbons, but that is just my opinion :). Then I started thinking about all of the work I put into training, when I am not really interested in showing. Paying lease, lesson fees, trailer and coaching fees add up when I dont want to show. I want to ride for the benefit of the horse as well: to give it exercise and to bond. My trainer is a far way away, and I am leasing a horse that really does not need to be ridden. I then got interested in adopting a horse and keeping it a local, not "commercial" barn near me. I would rather use the money I spend on lease, showing and lessons "not that I would not continue with a coach supervising me" on creating a relationship and giving a horse a better life! I wouldnt plan on showing it, but just riding for the exercise and bonding. And I would not just ride, but do plenty of ground work and just overall bonding. Is this reasonable? Or am I just in over my head? And please no hate! The people on yahoo answers can be kind of rude :). Thank you!!!
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-26-2017, 06:55 PM
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With your goals, I recommend buying a horse of your own.

I agree that the lease doesn't make sense. I don't recommend "adopting" because so many "rescues" are merely covers for hoarders and control-freaks and they will continue to butt in with you bonding and riding how you wish.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-26-2017, 08:49 PM
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I agree with boots. A lot of rescues have such strict rules and restrictions after adopting to the point it feels like you are on a permanent lease - not fun in my opinion. I understand why they do it, but personally if I own a horse I want to do what I want to do with it. But anyway, in regards to owning your own horse instead of leasing, I do think that with your goals in mind it would be good to own your own horse.

As far as showing goes, it is not for everyone! Do what you enjoy.
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-27-2017, 06:36 PM
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What you want doesn't mean no lease. It means look for a lease that is more in line with what you want. More like a ride share. Someone that has a good, safe BTDT horse that they don't have the time they used to a would want someone to spend tie with their animal. I agree with staying away from adopting as that can be a minefield of it's own and there is no guarantee you would find something appropriate or sound. Be upfront with your trainer and what you want. My child does not show. He still takes lessons as that is how he advances in a safe manner on horses I know are capable of what he wants to do (currently jump). He does have a horse at home to ride but we allow a neighbor and her daughter that enjoys riding to come out. She and I ride together and the two kids ride together. Sometime they work on flatwork and other times they trail ride. Just depends on the mood.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-27-2017, 09:08 PM
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I have zero interest in showing, I lease my horse, and I have an instructor at hand to polish my skills. The barn she lives as isn't a show barn - it specializes in offering intermediate/advanced trail rides. Nobody who boards or leases a horse there EVER goes to any show but a few local hunter-paces. You can look to lease at a barn that welcomes pleasure riders.
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-27-2017, 09:12 PM
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I recently leased (now own) just for pleasure as does everyone at my barn as well.
We trail ride, go the beach, do jumps, work in the arena, everything really minus ever showing.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-28-2017, 12:58 PM
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We lease a horse for my daughter and she does not show and probably won't show at all other than a few local events. She gets to ride when she wants and she still takes lessons. She loves it.
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I think it's good that you are re-evaluating what kind of experience you want from the horse world. There is absolutely no reason why you can't adopt and keep your horse at a more local, non-showing barn.

I hate when everyone paints rescues and adoption organizations with the same broad brush. Sure, there are a few "fly-by-nights" out there but there are plenty of respected, legitimate ones also. New Vocations and Copper Horse Crusade come to mind. There is also some comfort in knowing that if a horse doesn't work out, you can return it instead of dumping it back on the risky market. A legitimate organization will also be careful to match you with just the right horse for your abilities.

There will be somewhat of a learning curve since you've been with a show barn for so long. Those places are notorious for not allowing the student to learn anything but riding. They are making their reputation and money from showing the world that their students win but there is a whole other world out there.

Go for it! I think you'll find yourself happier and much more satisfied in the end.
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I'm another vote for either finding a lease horse that better suits your wants and needs or buying such a horse. I'm also another vote for staying away as far as possible from the so called rescues and/or adopting a horse that you will never truly own. Read the fine print in the adoption contracts, most will state that the horse remains the property of the rescue.

There's no law that says you have to show. If it doesn't give you what you want, go to a less competitive barn. When you're at a show barn, that's what they'll train you for, showing. There are all kinds of different trainers and barns out there, you just have to look to find your fit.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-29-2017, 10:36 AM
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I've heard horror stories on leased horses and I've heard great luck stories. I think leasing could be a great option if you are willing to follow whatever rules the owner lays out for you. My rules are simple for the 2 horses I have. I don't ask for money, I don't ask for anything really, just that the rider have a responsible adult with them and that they know horses. They have to ride for me before I agree to anything. They have to prove that they can handle my horse, that they can tack him up, and that the can treat him well. Of course - most people want money for a lease.

So here is the thought... if you can lease a horse - and it gets to be "your" horse to ride and care for then that is a cool lease. The question you'll need to ask is if farrier and vet is included in the fee and can you see the horse and ride the horse anytime you want.

I haven't "adopted" a horse before so I don't know how that can be.

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