I'm fairly new to horses, which is why I'm leasing. The horse ( maybe ) is a 4 year old Appaloosa gelding. The lease is $300 a month and that includes boarding and unlimited riding. Are there any specific questions I should ask the owner? Thanks!
many many years ago my parents leased a horse for sister. they were responsible for everything .... boarding it, feeding it, shoeing it, vet exams, etc. it was as if they owned the horse ... but they didnt. the lease lasted a year. the horse went back to its original owner because my sister went off to college that year.
so i guess i would ask whether or not you are responsible for vet exams and shoeing and everything else that goes along with horse ownership.
hey im only 14 but im am experienced with horses and if you are only just learning to ride i recomend a horse a bit older than 4, some horses that are young are very edgy and can be quite scittish but if you are sure your ready for it maby ask who the owner who broke the horse in ,sometimes the trainer is to hard on the horse and that makes it scared but good luck and ride safe wear a helmit !!
Leasing a horse in Jersey is a common practice. You should have a lease agreement that spells out what you are responsible for financially and under what terms is the lease renewed or broken. Also do you have breeding rights in that lease if that is what you are interested in.
I would suspect the everyday vet and farrier expenses are yours. What about major medical expences?
Have you rode it yet?? Make sure your expierience matches the horse.. Have someone set a few items on the ground and ride the horse over and around them to see how it reacts. Is it just a horse to take lessons on and arena riding only??
I disagree on the age thing. If you and the horse are a fit, then age doesnt matter. I know, I have had horses for yrs.
My 20 yr old mare used to paw at the ground and take off mach five with our hair on fire...she was a hot and fiery beast. She was a racking horse and shown saddleseat.
and I have seen stallions who are calm when flanked by two mares and had a child on his back. (my gf raises arabians....a truly fiesty breed)
its all on how they are raised. Age means NOTHING.
Its true the lease makes you responsible for pretty much everything and as cat said, you do everything but own it.....you may as well just get one!! lol...
best horse I ever had. Bombproof. You can adopt a police horse from here. Why not drop 200.00 and get a really good horse? you are paying for the boarding anyways with the lease and most barns dont charge 300.00 to board!
***Edited By: TraumaMamma on 7/27/2006 11:40:34 PM*** Reason: add
hey this is to donna every one has their different oppions towards the age of a begginer but it does help if the horse is quiet expesially if you arnt a confedent rider but me id jump on anthing even if it was one crazy animal but i love black stalloins they are gorgouse ...... ps i cant spell to well lol
I understand that horse, just putting my opinion out there as well.
I dont like to stereotype a horse based on age, thats all.
I couldnt let anyone ride my racking horse mare who was 20 as she was too much horse for most and my kids never rode her unless they were led around.
My racehorse was the pony ride horse and he was calm and kid friendly and MUCH younger.
Age really doesnt matter, its how much they have been worked or trained.
As long as you have a trainer who can help you if needed, and as long as the horse in question has a good mind and has been ridden for at least a year by a few different people (hopefully including a beginner, as some horses are great with better riders but wig out with somebody up who's balance isn't quite right...) and is getting along fine - no bucking, no rearing, no bolting, no major spooking frequently - then I'd not be too worried about the age
Of course there are EXCEPTIONS to every rule but I have been raised around horses all my life. I have been a 4-H leader for 10 years. AGE isn't the problem I guess....It is inexperience. Most 3-5 year old horses are inexperienced and have a 'baby' menatality. It is just a fact that MOST very young horses have not seen or done as much stuff as a 20 year old horse.
That doesnt' mean that they aren't calmer or nicer or won't be bombproof later on, but if you have even an 'exceptionally calm' 4 year old horse that has been ridden every day and trained in an indoor and outdoor area and then take it down the road--you better pray that you don't walk by a pig field or that a candy wrapper doesn't blow by or that they don't step on a piece of litter, or your kid may be on the ground before you know it.
Here is the math:
Inexperienced rider+inexperienced horse minus- decent trainer with constant supervision= hurt horse or rider.
I always think people that put an inexperienced young child with an inexperienced young horse are idiots. That whole 'learn together' business should not be done when involving a 900+ pound animal that CAN KILL you (even if by accident).
It is ALWAYS those kids flying around the show ring completely out of control and actually a danger to my kid and horse.
Ok My field of expertise is horses more than dogs. Sounds like you are getting a nice deal. Iw would ask how much time is the owner going to spend with the horse, or is it where you are pretty much the "owner" and it will be a hands off deal for the owner. This is a good idea in todays market. Horses are pretty much valueless as far as that financial area goes. The only horses that are bring a price are highly trained and promoted working horses. Pleasure horses are in a down market, so by leasing, you do not have to take a hit if you decide this is not for you.(you pay to take care of the horse regardless of who owns it) Yes 4 is a young horse, but I have a 2 year old that anyone and I mean anyone can ride and handle. This Saturday a 13 year old girl who had never been on a horse, rode Honey for 45 minutes with absolutely no problems, and yes I was there supervising. I tribute this to her breeding, both parents were very sensible horses.(and of course her trainer....me) I would be sure it is clear who is responsible for the MAJOR expenses should this horse become gravely ill or injured, requiring $$$ for vets. It wouldn't hurt to have an insurance policy and these aren't terribly expensive about 3-5 hundred a year depending on what you get,.
alicat i sooo agree that math is exactly right ... and i now know how heavy my horse is recently during a polocrosse game it was wet and unfotunetly my horse fell ontop of me he is sooo heavy mind u he is 17.2 hands ...it hurt lol