What does a half lease involve? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 4 Old 11-11-2016, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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What does a half lease involve?

I'm riding this pony at the moment called Romeo, and i really love him. I would love to be able to half lease him, but when i asked my trainer what it involved, she said its about R1500 for the lease, + stabling fees + all his vet fees (he stays at my yard- hes a school pony)? I think you get 2 lessons a week. I don't understand why this would be a half lease when its basically the cost of owing your own horse, but it's not yours. Does this sound right? What is considered a "normal" half lease? Thanks.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-11-2016, 07:14 AM
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Typically a normal half lease is half of board in exachange for half of the riding time, but every arrangement is different.

For example, I lease my horse for $250 a month for 3 days a week, I let me leaser ride more at no extra charge if I'll be away or can't make it. Board cost me $650, shoes $175 every 6 weeks and supplements are another $50 a month. The amount he pays doesn't even begin to cover half of her expenses.

Now there is woman in my area who wants $200 to lease her horses, which are in her back yard, 3 day a week plus farrier bill and half of supplements. Personally, to me, sounds a bit complicated PLUS expensive!

To me, sounds like you're getting duped. You can probably find something less expensive/complicated easily.

Ps, there are a few advantages to leasing. 1. You don't own! Walk away at any time, whether you have family issues going on, your riding ability changes, or you just don't like that horse. 2. You pay for the days you ride. Due to my schedule I only rode *maybe* 5 or 6 times, I still had to pay for the other 25 days I didn't ride her. So, about $550 worth.
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A half-lease is definitely different at each barn, at least that's what I found. Seems like to me you're paying a bit too much for just a half-lease.

I'm currently leasing a horse, I can basically ride whenever I want & I only pay about 130 a month. But it's because my trainer gave me a discount, and it's her horse. But a half-lease is definitely at least a lesson, and riding time of 6hrs per week. Not as much as a full-lease.

However...I don't pay for any dental/vet/farrier fees. I think maybe you should look elsewhere to lease? That seems like a lot of money and you aren't getting a lot out of it.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-11-2016, 08:45 AM
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My current half lease is three rides a week, one of those being my weekly lesson. Now those "rides" are days of use, really. I pay $400 monthly, and pasture board at my barn is $300 a month, but the lease price includes my weekly lessons as well. (unless there are five Saturdays in a month, I then pay for the extra Saturday), and there are no other fees. I know Magic is not shod, so his trims are probably $75 every six weeks.

I know it is pricer then other places in the area, but considering lessons are $160 on their own for four, I'm really only paying $240 for the lease, and it's worth it to me! I show up on Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays and can ride to my hearts content.
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