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post #1 of 25 Old 01-15-2016, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Not in my cards to own but considering leasing

I am very new, fantasize about owning a horse but it's just not in the cards for me for a multitude of reasons - but mainly because it would be such a commitment that I know I would not be able to meet given my crazy work schedule, family, etc. The expenses scare me, too so I wonder about a lease although I completely understand why owners/sellers really hesitate to do so unless they already know the rider, rider is experienced, etc.
I wonder if anyone is leasing out there and wonder exactly how that's working out? How much does it normally cost? For now and for a while, I'll stick to lessons on my instructor's horses and learning about how to care for horses, etc. He actually gives me reading and video materials to study but I love it all! I just wish I had more time to spend at the barn, learning from other owners, riders, etc.
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-17-2016, 06:59 PM
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Does your instructor have any horses for lease? When I started out riding at my barn and was looking into getting a horse I leased one of theirs and used her for riding lessons for about a year before finally deciding to get my own. That would probably be the best option for you.

Also cost really depends on the barn, how advanced the horse is and how many rides per week or month you are looking for. I have seen leases for as low as $150/month up to $700/month

It is a great option for someone who want's to own but simply can't.
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post #3 of 25 Old 01-17-2016, 08:04 PM
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I lease right now and it's 250 for a lesson week and unlimited amount of rides
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-17-2016, 08:35 PM
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it sounds like leasing is such a good idea for you! it really depends on the type of lease and individual agreements on cost and things like that. half and full leases i feel are the most common. if you half lease with someone, it could either be the owner of the horse or someone else.. make sure you like the person you half lease with, ive seen things go wrong one too many times with the leasees not getting along!
here is an example of each:

my one friend have leases for the year with someone else, she pays half of everything.. $250 for board, $55 for farrier, half of the cost of shots, injections, ect. she does buy the horse things such as halters, leadropes, and saddle pads, and other small things like that, and uses her own saddle. she will be keeping all of these things once the lease is over. she also pays for any lessons and horse shows she decides to do. she has a lesson once a week and just rides another two days a week.
my other friend full leases and she had to pay a cost upfront. then she pays the whole cost of board ($500 a month), all vet, farrier, insurance, and any other costs. she also uses all of her own tack, blankets, brushes, and other things for the horse, but will be keeping them once the lease is over. the horse is at the farm of her choice and she gets to ride, lesson, horse show, ect. as much as she wants.

if you only half lease with someone thats on the property, then you can just continue to use all of there brushes, tack, and other things for the horse. i have found that it really just depends on the individual situation. i would go through your instructor to find the best horse and situation for you to lease. you can be open and honest with her about how much you wish to spend and how often you want to ride. and she will know what type of horse you need.
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-17-2016, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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JD, My instructor has not mentioned any horses for lease - currently I pay package of lessons discounted for bringing horse in, grooming, saddling up, turning horse out after plus package of practice rides. I can only ride once or twice a week, mostly weekends but know very little about leasing but wondering for the future especially if I am partial and really happy with one particular horse at my instructor's barn. I know I
need many more lessons and rides before I consider this though.
Animallover, so you pay $250 per week? Does that include instruction of any kind? Unlimited rides must be nice!
Khorses23, thanks for the detailed info, very helpful! My budget is around $150/month and I do love the idea of getting used to and riding on one horse especially if we "click." Does your friend who half leases have to also pay for her lessons separately?
Thanks all! I do like the practice ride options, very reasonably priced at the barn I go to, but then, I run the risk of getting stuck with horses that are trickier than others for newbies like me to ride. Guess the flipside is that I'm learning to ride variety of horses, some have more bouncier trots than others, etc.

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post #6 of 25 Old 01-17-2016, 10:20 PM
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Leasing really is an ideal situation to try out horse "ownership". We lease two horses. We have a free lease which means we pay 100% of their care (boarding, vet, farrier, etc.) but no fees beyond that.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-17-2016, 11:21 PM
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JD, My instructor has not mentioned any horses for lease - currently I pay package of lessons discounted for bringing horse in, grooming, saddling up, turning horse out after plus package of practice rides. I can only ride once or twice a week, mostly weekends but know very little about leasing but wondering for the future especially if I am partial and really happy with one particular horse at my instructor's barn. I know I
need many more lessons and rides before I consider this though.
Animallover, so you pay $250 per week? Does that include instruction of any kind? Unlimited rides must be nice!
Khorses23, thanks for the detailed info, very helpful! My budget is around $150/month and I do love the idea of getting used to and riding on one horse especially if we "click." Does your friend who half leases have to also pay for her lessons separately?
Thanks all! I do like the practice ride options, very reasonably priced at the barn I go to, but then, I run the risk of getting stuck with horses that are trickier than others for newbies like me to ride. Guess the flipside is that I'm learning to ride variety of horses, some have more bouncier trots than others, etc.
I pay 250 a month
Yep during the lessons mostly but I can always ask my coach through messaging her and everything
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post #8 of 25 Old 01-18-2016, 08:49 AM
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JD, My instructor has not mentioned any horses for lease - currently I pay package of lessons discounted for bringing horse in, grooming, saddling up, turning horse out after plus package of practice rides. I can only ride once or twice a week, mostly weekends but know very little about leasing but wondering for the future especially if I am partial and really happy with one particular horse at my instructor's barn. I know I
need many more lessons and rides before I consider this though.
Animallover, so you pay $250 per week? Does that include instruction of any kind? Unlimited rides must be nice!
Khorses23, thanks for the detailed info, very helpful! My budget is around $150/month and I do love the idea of getting used to and riding on one horse especially if we "click." Does your friend who half leases have to also pay for her lessons separately?
Thanks all! I do like the practice ride options, very reasonably priced at the barn I go to, but then, I run the risk of getting stuck with horses that are trickier than others for newbies like me to ride. Guess the flipside is that I'm learning to ride variety of horses, some have more bouncier trots than others, etc.

it is very nice to just ride one horse if you click! can still be frustrating at times, but its so awesome to see how far you two have come in the end. its really good to ride a variety of horses though! makes you a better rider!

my friend who half leases pays for her lessons seperately from the lease. she is leasing a privately owned horse, so her lease price is for the owner of the horse, not the barn. if someone does half lease one of the barns horses, they get a package of lessons which is once a week ($40 per lesson, if they pay for about 5 at a time they get some money off) and then pay another $60 to ride the horse two other times that week. and typically if they lease from the barn the girls dont typically use there own tack, buy things for the horse, ect. some will bring there own saddle pads and brushes though, but thats the extent of it. theres also a few rules like they also cant jump when they are not in a lesson. and someone always has to be there when they ride.
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post #9 of 25 Old 01-18-2016, 02:45 PM
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it depends on your skill level. where I live, there are quite a few people who do not have time to ride their own horses enough, and they often will either LET you ride to hlep get their horses the exersize they need, or part lease for a reasonable fixed amount . it's all up to the owner. and that is my number one piece of advice; make sure you like the owner, respect the owner and can accept their way of doing things with their horse. you need to get along with the owner at least as well as with the horse. an owner that is rock hard rigid about things, or insists on overindulgence, or that you use gadgets you know are destructive , etc, is one I would politely pass on.
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post #10 of 25 Old 01-18-2016, 05:10 PM
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I lease my horses out to people for a flat monthly rate. It mostly just covers that horses board. They can do a partial lease where they pick three days a week to the ride, or a full lease where they come out six days a week. They bring the horse in, groom it, tack it up (either with their own tack or with tack I have available) ride, then hose down abd turn the horse back out.

They don't have to worry about feeding, farrier, vet, working, etc. But they get to spend as much time as they want with the horse riding our just hanging out.

Leasing really is a great option if your not ready to own.
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