Leasing a horse is kind of like renting a horse. You don’t own the horse, but you look after it as if it were your own. There are lots of reasons why an owner would lease a horse to a person like you. She might not have time to ride the horse, but wants him to stay active. He may not be able to compete at the level she wants to compete at.
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She may have too many horses to ride! Sometimes a riding instructor will lease one of her school horses out if he’s not really suited to being a riding lesson horse.
Leasing a horse is a great opportunity for a young rider to learn how to look after a horse properly and how to ride—without actually having to buy a horse. If your parents aren’t ready to buy a horse for you, leasing might be the way to go.
Here are 15 things to consider when you’re thinking about leasing a horse.
1. If you lease a horse, you will be responsible for paying for his feed and board. You’ll also have to pay for routine vet visits and the farrier.
|You'll need tack and loads of other stuff when you lease a horse.|
2. Don’t enter a lease agreement without a contract. Your parents must sign a contract with the horse’s owner. A copy of a lease contract appears in "The Horse Illustrated Guide to Buying a Horse," Bowtie Press (www.bowtiepress.com).
3. Will the lease cost money or will it be free?
4. You need to know how long the lease will last.
5. Where are you going to keep the horse? At home? At a boarding barn?
|Will you take lessons on your leased horse?|
6. How does the owner want him to be kept? In at night and out during the day? Out all the time?
7. Who is going to pay for emergency vet bills? What if the horse gets hurt? Who will pay?
8. Will the horse come with tack (a saddle, bridle and blankets?)
9. What can you do with the horse? Will you be allowed to take him to shows or jump him? Can you do Pony Club or 4-H activities with him?
10. If you lease a horse from a trainer, will lessons be included in the lease?
11. If the horse turns out to be unsuitable for a young rider, can you get out of the lease easily and return the horse to his owner?
12. If you decide to half-lease a horse, how many hours a week will you get to ride him? What days will you be allowed to ride him? Who will pay for shoeing, board, feed and all of the other things he needs?
|Can you take your leased horse to shows and club activities?|
13. What happens if the horse is injured and you can’t ride him anymore?
14. Will you have to insure the horse or will the owner insure him?
15. Does the horse need any special care? Does he require a daily supplement or regular medication?