That sounds like a great deal! I definitely feel like even if I were just riding at the walk or trot, I would build my confidence up again.I got back into riding about a year ago. I started taking some lessons on a friend’s horse and like you, it just was not enough. I wanted to practice what I has learned in my lessons. I wanted to be in the saddle more. It was ME time and has always been my dream to own my own horse.
I asked my friend if I could get more ride time on her ands he offered me a 3/4 lease. She has another horse but he is three and is stillin training. I could ride her when I wanted unless she was taking her on a trail ride or camping. It worked out great for several months but the mare has heaves and she is 24 so I there were times I could not ride due to her health. My friend decided to semi-retire her and I understood. I didn't want to put any extra strain on her.
She is a beautiful flea bitten grey with wonderful ground manners. Steady and calm. She was the PERFECT horse to get back into riding. She would make a wonderful lesson horse for people just starting out or for people like me that are getting back into it after MANY years away.
There was another horse at the barn that an elderly woman owns. She was looking for help so she offered me to lease her.
It is working out fairly well. I still take lessons, although it was like starting out all over again. Josie was a 15.3 hand QH and Stella is a 14.3 3/4 Arabian. She is smaller, a lot more athletic, and still green to the most part and a lot less horse under me but in the end I have improved my knowledge about horses and my personal riding skills.
I have her at a full lease for $110 a month (cheap I know!)and I can ride her whenever I want. The owner is pretty much absent, she is 87 and she does not ride her. She is eleven now but was a halter showhorse. She was not broke to ride until she was nine and pampered like a fancy pooch so I have to put a lot more miles in the saddle but she is a good little horse, even if she is a Diva and has a resting *&%$# face! LOL
I ride at least three times a week (if it doesn't rain, good Lord it rains every other day it seems!). Sometimes I work her in round pen, sometimes I work her in the arena and sometimes I just ride in the field or on the trail.
I still have my dream of owning my own horse, just not financially ready yet. Although I have put money into her, I know I know, we all do it!
She needed a winter blanket. Her old one was too large and was pretty tore up and had no legs straps. I bought her a new saddle pad and reins. And I needed a lunge line, lead rope and some grooming supplies. I could go on but I think you can guess the owner does not have much money. She is on a fixed income so I try to help out with the horses needs if I can. She does pay for the shots and farrier.
I am hoping maybe by next year I can own my own horse but in the meantime the lease works out perfectly! It is a win, win for all three of us! <img style="max-width:100%;" src="http://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
I totally understand the resting face. 😂 Sandman will immediately flatten his ears to his head and get this sour look on his face when I walk in - or the barnhands, really. But if you bring out the camera to take a picture, he's all smiles. Vain horse.