Leasing A Horse
Traditional leases, much like leasing a car are set on a value of 1/3 of the horse’s sale price. This is your “lease fee”, and then you are in charge of all expenses: farrier, vet, board, training, etc just as you would be in charge of oil and tire changes, a garage etc on a car.
Some atypical leases, much like the ones we have at Four Winds, can be leases based on horse’s expenses only.
A half lease typically entails three rides per week and the base cost is half of the horse’s expenses. This averages the estimated lease fee to $350 per month. Ride times, jumping outside of lessons, and lessee’s fiscal responsibility are regulated directly by the owner and an agreed upon contract.
Horses should not be ridden in excess of 60 minutes.
Horses should be put away in a better condition than when they’re pulled out
Horse’s feet should be picked before and after a ride
Horse’s should not be sweaty or wet when going away, and their base temperature should be cool to the touch (or not hot)
Girth, saddle and bridle marks should not be left: towel dry or curry, curry, curry!
If something seems out of ordinary, please notify trainer and owner asap, no matter how minute
Safety practices: Make sure someone is always aware that you are riding. Follow our Stable Rules
Communication is extremely important, and nothing can be over communicated: questions are never silly. So please do not ever hesitate to initiate a conversation with your trainer or lessor. Along these lines, please be sure to ask for advice on anything and everything. If you had a quirk that you noticed during a lease ride, this is a great learning opportunity to inquire about during your next lesson.
Pay in a timely manner. While we love the horses, they do not come free. Your lessor has the right to charge a late fee if you consistently pay past the agreed upon contract dates. Your mortgage and car are not paid laid, so neither should your horse lease. Your lessor has board, feed, farrier, vet and lesson and training bills to consider.