Choosing a Horse

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How do I choose a horse to lease?

Choosing a Horse

When selecting a horse to lease, there are a number of questions you must answer before you start your search for an equine. First, you must determine how much time you actually have to ride. If you can only ride one day a week, it would be a waste of your money to commit to a full lease, so you will want to only consider partial leases. On the other hand, if you want to be the only rider of the horse during the lease, then you will want to contract for a full lease.

Second, you should be honest with yourself about your riding experience. In order to successfully lease a horse, you should at least know how to properly groom and tack up a horse.

In addition, you will also want to find a horse that best fits your riding ability. Too often, riders choose a horse for its looks, rather than its training level. To ensure that you are picking out the right horse, it is important to ride it at least once or twice in a situation similar to how you will be using it during your lease. For instance, if you are planning on doing a lot of trail riding, don't try the horse out only in a ring. Make sure to take it out on the trails before you commit to a lease.

Before you sign a lease contract, you and the horse's owner also need to decide how often and when you will be allowed to ride, the cost of the monthly lease, and whether or not you will be responsible for extras, such as shoeing, vet bills or feed bills.

Once you and the horse's owners come to agreeable terms and you are satisfied that the horse will meet your needs, then and only then is it time to commit to a lease in writing.



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