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post #1 of 3 Old 06-14-2016, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Possibly half-leasing for the first time

Hi everyone,

I havent been around for a while, but I could use some advice.

My trainer told me last year that I would be ready to move up to a (half-)lease or my own horse. Now I am in a position financially and time-wise to consider a half-lease seriously and I have spoken to my trainer to set up a time to ask her all my questions.

When I asked my trainer about it another lady at the barn overheard and said she's looking for someone to cover the other half of her daughters horse, who is on a half-lease with another girl already.

The horse is a total sweetheart, schoolmaster who has competed in jumpers up to 1m and was the babysitter for the then 10-year-old daughter. I've ridden him a couple of times in lessons.

The thing is, although he's rationally perfect for me, I never really 'clicked' with him. I know i'll come to love him with time, and its definitely not a reason to turn him down, but should I try other horses first?

There is another horse (mare) that I ADORE, I'm pretty sure she's my once in a lifetime horse. Ive ridden her a couple of times (walk-trot only) and she's a talented jumper. She has been away for almost 2 years for breeding, but she's due to come back soon and the owner has said he would look at selling or leasing her. She's less of a schoolmaster, but well trained anyway. Right after she left I mentioned to my (previous) trainer that I would love to lease/buy her and she was hesitant due to my skill level, but I have 2 more years of lessons under my belt now..

Do I mention horse #2 to my trainer to see what she thinks? How can I mention it without sounding like I read too many 'girl tames wild mustang because they have a CONNECTION' stories? I dont want to sound ungrateful for the opportunity of horse #1 either...

tldr; Looking at leasing, have been offered the 'perfect horse' but am not sure i connect with him. Theres another 'greener' (9 y/o, well-trained) horse that I'm in love with. How do I mention this to my trainer?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-14-2016, 11:36 AM
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Certainly you should mention the mare to your trainer which gives her an option to choose the best horse for you at this point in your riding lessons. Just tell you that you heard that her owner is looking into leasing her.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-14-2016, 11:43 AM
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If your trainer thinks you are ready to move forward, then what are you actually going to learn by leasing a schoolmaster? Will you be able to progress? I would definitely mention horse #2 to your trainer. It sounds to me like a horse like that is what you need at this point, if you are in fact interested in progressing with your riding. Any trainer worth their salt should understand that.
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