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post #21 of 25 Old 02-10-2016, 01:05 PM
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I partial-leased a just-basics trail horse at a no frills facility for $100/month, riding 2-3 days a week. Found it on Craigslist, but I had 10 yrs of horse experience by that time and I felt comfortable evaluating the horse & our compatibility, and moving forward without lessons.

There are a few facilities near me who do partial leases on their school horses for $300-600/month, which includes 1 weekly lesson and 1-2 weekly open rides.
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-10-2016, 03:12 PM
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I didn't have a chance to look at the video, but if your instructor has suggested this pony as a lease candidate, it may be worth a try. Full lease will likely be out of your price range but the pony's current owner may be open to a half lease. You only know if you ask.

Don't get too excited about the prospect of buying the pony at a "discount". It's not really a discount if you've already given them the money and try not to lose sight of the reasons why horse ownership was not in the cards for you in your first post. That likely hasn't changed in a day so ... take a breath and just make sure you keep your head about you.

If the pony is a good match, lease for as long as you can. Learn as much as you can. Evaluate later if your situation has changed enough to allow the budget and the time to commit to horse ownership. Leasing a horse that has a lease to own option doesn't mean you MUST purchase it. You run the risk of the pony being sold out from under you but you're in a very important formative part of your riding education. It's good to ride lots of horses ... even the tricky ones ... especially the tricky ones once you get some confidence.

Be patient. :) The right situation will come along.
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I didn't have a chance to look at the video, but if your instructor has suggested this pony as a lease candidate, it may be worth a try. Full lease will likely be out of your price range but the pony's current owner may be open to a half lease. You only know if you ask.

Don't get too excited about the prospect of buying the pony at a "discount". It's not really a discount if you've already given them the money and try not to lose sight of the reasons why horse ownership was not in the cards for you in your first post. That likely hasn't changed in a day so ... take a breath and just make sure you keep your head about you.

If the pony is a good match, lease for as long as you can. Learn as much as you can. Evaluate later if your situation has changed enough to allow the budget and the time to commit to horse ownership. Leasing a horse that has a lease to own option doesn't mean you MUST purchase it. You run the risk of the pony being sold out from under you but you're in a very important formative part of your riding education. It's good to ride lots of horses ... even the tricky ones ... especially the tricky ones once you get some confidence.

Be patient. :) The right situation will come along.
Great advice! Yeah, I tend to jump into things and DH has a freak out- trying to avoid that. LOL I pitched partial lease - owner/instructor did not seem thrilled about it but we may be able to reach an alternative arrangement in the near future. And we are very new to this and have so much to learn. Leasing long term may be better but perhaps much later ...he has some tricky horses and it's fascinating to me how very different each horse is at his barn.

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post #24 of 25 Old 02-11-2016, 09:41 PM
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I am not sure I would buy a horse for a growing child. You have no idea how much she's going to grow, if she's going to stick with it, or if she's going to want to stick with it. We are currently leasing our horses for that reason. One of them I may buy, but it's because he's a great all-around horse and one I'd like for myself, even if my son outgrows him.
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post #25 of 25 Old 02-12-2016, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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I am not sure I would buy a horse for a growing child. You have no idea how much she's going to grow, if she's going to stick with it, or if she's going to want to stick with it. We are currently leasing our horses for that reason. One of them I may buy, but it's because he's a great all-around horse and one I'd like for myself, even if my son outgrows him.
Jan, Yeah, thought of that, too - although we're very small people and she's not likely to grow much, height and weight-wise, I honestly do not think it's practical to own in our family and no idea if she will remain interested in horse riding long-term although it seems that way now. I would, however, consider buying a horse for myself but hubby will likely never agree. I'm really hoping to negotiate a partial lease of horses for myself and Lila with package lessons - we shall see!
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