Many riders do not want the responsibility of owning a horse and
they instead opt for a lease. A horse lease is different from a
car lease in a number of ways. Horses can be leased both from individuals
and stables. Individual owners may lease a horse to share the expense
of board or vet bills, or they may lease a horse becuase they no
longer have the time it takes to ride regularly. Stables may lease
lesson horses or other horses as an additional way to earn revenue.
Many stables offer both a half horse lease or a full lease option.
With a half lease your riding availability may be reduced. With
a full lease you get full riding privileges of your leased horse.
A free lease is when you are simply sharing the costs of board
and possibly the farrier and vet. There is no "additional" fee for
using the horse, you are merely sharing the horses bills with the
Most barns, take the position that any leasing of boarders' horses
is between the boarder and lessee. It will not affect their care
of the horse, and they have no interest in collecting money from
both parties. That is somehting that needs to be worked out be the
lessee and the leaser.
A lease is also a good way to introduce a child or family to responsibility
without taking on horse ownership. Like it or not horses require
a lot of attention, and care. Leasing a horse shows a child what
the commitment will be and will help make the decision as to whether
horse ownership is something they want.
If you are considering a lease it is important that horse being
leased is matched to the riders abilities. The horse should also,
preferably, be 'vetted' which means the horse will undergo a scrutinous
veterinary examination. If you are signing a lease you are going
to be responsible for the upkeep and possibly a portion of the horses
medical bills and supplements so it is important that a horse be
fit before you commit to their care.
Some horse owners leasing their horse require that a horse stay
at a specific barn throughout the duration of the lease, so it is
also important that you feel comfortable at a specific barn. It
is important to pick horseback riding stables that meet your needs
and is accessbile. In most cases the leaser would have the right
to ride at horse shows. It is important that this is negotiated
prior to leasing. In some cases the horse owner will require the
leaser to purchase insurance to cover the horse while being transported.
Leasing a horse should not be at the expense of lessons, while
the cost of horseback riding lessons can be very high it is still
important that riders maintain lessons when leasing a horse. Without
lessons bad habits can be introduced, to both the horse and rider.
About the Author
Rob Daniels has been an equestrian rider for 25 years. He has studied
various disciplines additional articles are available at: Riding
Stable - http://www.riding-stable.com
and Horse Stall http://www.horse-stall.net