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post #1 of 15 Old 03-27-2020, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Oh No It's Another Leasing Question

Oh no here we go again.


(sidenote: the barn is currently closed to customers proper, but as 'people involved in the care/wellbeing of pets/animals/livestock' are considered exceptions, there's, uh, leeway. which is important as horses are one of my last current connections to sanity at this point.)


I digress.


I was told today that the young woman who leases Jasper - the other horse I ride besides Toby - has been laid off for 3 months and can't afford to keep up her lease. My trainer offered the lease to me. (til the young woman is back, of course.)


It's $200/month, so with me often riding 2x a week (at $40 for a trail ride and $60 for a lesson) that's ultimately less than I pay by session, and my trainer wouldn't charge me extra for a lesson. I'd be allowed to ride him 3x a week, for however long, whenever he's not otherwise working. And it certainly doesn't preclude me from riding Toby if he's available, either.


Overall it's a really solid deal. But, Jasper is a big horse and forward - he's 16.1(ish?), covers a lot of ground, likes to move. He will work in the ring (his leaser does), though he doesn't like it, and he might be difficult on that note especially to work him at a speed above a walk. For all his forwardness, though, he is a very smooth ride (just. so tall. so much legs.) and not nuts. (working theory, though no one knows his background, is maybe someone tried to make an eventing horse of him, but his perspective on jumping is just to haul over an obstacle without grace or care so that may not have worked). So I guess my worry is that he's too much horse for me, but at the same time, we have worked pretty well on the trail together, and 3x a week might help that issue.


But I am seeking counsel from wiser horse people before I make a decision.
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-28-2020, 01:25 AM
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I think it sounds like a good opportunity for you and if your instructor has suggested it, then they must think that you'll be capable or capable to learn how to handle him. Plus, I think riding a horse a little out of your comfort zone could challenge you enough to improve on your riding abilities. I say go for it! If it doesn't work out, then there is no harm in stopping the lease later on.

Plus, 3 rides a week with one lesson free of additional charge is a great deal! Yu don't come by that often.
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-28-2020, 01:44 AM
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From what I've read of your progress, you are ready. Grab this opportunity, while you still can.
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-28-2020, 02:20 AM
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Sounds like the perfect opportunity to glean experience, skill, knowledge and expand the old comfort zone. Give it a good try and know you can always pack it in if it truly isnít working out for you.
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-29-2020, 11:51 AM
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From what you've explained it sounds like this horse would be the perfect candidate to expand your skills! I'd go for it!!
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-29-2020, 12:54 PM
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It sounds like a safe deal - you will have people around you that can assist and your trainer ofc if you feel out of your comfort zone. My girl is sensitive and forward - it was a bit of shocker actually after riding schoolies, even "forward" schoolies prior so I can understand the underlying anxiety. But she, and Jasper by the sounds, are good horses with good minds. Given the entire circumstance I can't think of a better or safer opportunity for you to push the limit. If he regularly rides those trails as well you've already got a massive head start! Picture of Jasper? ^>^
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post #7 of 15 Old 03-29-2020, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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It sounds like a safe deal - you will have people around you that can assist and your trainer ofc if you feel out of your comfort zone. My girl is sensitive and forward - it was a bit of shocker actually after riding schoolies, even "forward" schoolies prior so I can understand the underlying anxiety. But she, and Jasper by the sounds, are good horses with good minds. Given the entire circumstance I can't think of a better or safer opportunity for you to push the limit. If he regularly rides those trails as well you've already got a massive head start! Picture of Jasper? ^>^
I've ridden him a fair number of times (he's the happy fool who gave me my first canter) just not worked as extensively as with Toby, nor in the ring... I think with a lot of time we could do pretty well. No, Jasper's not wild, he's just like "we're going out? Well, what're you waiting for? We haven't got all day, let's GO."

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post #8 of 15 Old 04-01-2020, 11:32 AM
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I think you are over thinking things. You have the basics down, you enjoy the trails, the mental therapy a horse provides is being handed to you. No reason to spend time in the ring for anything but the lessons and have a goal that makes the lessons something the horse will enjoy as well. Plenty of games that build skills. Not endless circles. If you feel safe and your surgery has healed then take what is offered and enjoy yourself.



Now time to see pics of you on Jasper.
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-01-2020, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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I think you are over thinking things. You have the basics down, you enjoy the trails, the mental therapy a horse provides is being handed to you. No reason to spend time in the ring for anything but the lessons and have a goal that makes the lessons something the horse will enjoy as well. Plenty of games that build skills. Not endless circles. If you feel safe and your surgery has healed then take what is offered and enjoy yourself.



Now time to see pics of you on Jasper.

You're right. It's in my nature to overthink.


Every day I get to ride is a good day to ride. It's been rough at work - I think I'll go play with the horses today.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-01-2020, 02:29 PM
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I have been spending more time with our crew and getting those that have had too little time spent on them working towards being good saddle citizens. Helps destress.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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