Leasing is a smaller commitment and smaller expense when compared with buying a horse. Many riders are ready to enjoy the benefits of horse ownership before they are in a position to take on the commitment and expense of full ownership. Maybe you feel that you currently could spare the extra time and money for a horse but fear that in the future your situation may change. When you buy a horse you are committing to be fully responsible for that horse’s entire mental and physical well-being. If you loose your job, your horse may be facing an uncertain future. Many people simply don’t have the time to care for a horse 7 days a week. A half or full lease would provide ample riding time and the ability to simply enjoy the horse without the many care responsibilities that distract from riding time.
As a rider advances in his skills, he needs a horse appropriate to his level. A confidence builder as a “first-horse” is an absolute necessity! If you buy an inappropriate first horse, you will find your desire to ride and be around the animal quickly diminishing! The confidence builder is a horse that allows you to make the numerous beginner mistakes that you are bound to make and won’t hold a grudge or be permanently damaged by it. Building confidence is most easily accomplished by “owning” a horse that is old enough to be set in his (good) ways and one that is also being ridden and handled by much more advanced riders. You will diminish your first horse’s skills, at least initially. So buying a $10,000 show animal (or more commonly, a greenie that “most certainly will become a fantastic show horse”) is not a sound decision unless you plan to keep it in continuous training and only ride under supervision. A first horse’s job is to build your confidence and allow you to develop your basics. When you have graduated from this stage (and maybe you never really want to - that’s ok) you are ready for a slightly more sensitive, well-trained, more spirited horse. If you have bought the most appropriate “first horse” and can only keep one horse, you have a dilemma of selling your pet or not advancing to the next level. This is another area where leasing is very helpful. Leasing your “first horse” will allow you to develop your skills while the horse is kept in mental and physical shape with the help of others, preparing you for the day when you will be ready to buy your own horse at a higher level.
Some other reasons to consider leasing include: -The possibility that you may change disciplines. If you are unsure of what discipline of riding you will ultimately choose or would like to try several, leasing will allow you to experiment with different disciplines without committing to one in particular. - A growing child. The size horse that is appropriate for your child currently may not be in the future. Children often do outgrow ponies and small children are not very safe on a large horse. - Will your child maintain the level of interest he/she currently has? All too often a horse is bought for a child who eventually becomes interested in other things and the horse is forgotten in someone’s boarding barn or back yard. - Will your child be going off to college soon? What will you do with the horse then? - You may be able to lease a level of horse that you would be unable to afford to buy. Many well-trained show horses are cost prohibitive, however you may be able to lease one and enjoy all the benefits of ownership. Leasing is far less expensive than owning a horse. The typical cost of owning a horse (per month) in this area is as follows:
This does not include emergency bills (one emergency colic can easily cost $300). Add to this the initial cost of the horse ($1500 - $15000) and tack/equipment ($1500) and the costs quickly become prohibitive. In addition, most horse owners are unable to ride more than 3 times per week any how. Why pay the full cost of horse ownership when you can only commit to half of the riding time?
With the PDF Leasing Program, the monthly payment includes all expenses for that horse except for lessons (required), fly spray, brushes and the required horse treats! All included - with the half lease program, it still adds up to less than the cost of full board of one horse. However, as an owner, in addition to board, you would need to include all farrier, dentistry, vet (regular and emergency), tack and medicinal bills to the board - all of which quickly adds thousands of dollars per year. If you someday plan to own a horse at home, you need to include the expenses of building an all-weather riding area, the cost of hauling to lessons, shows, trails, trainer when you mess up your first horse, etc. - the list goes on. Included in the price of leasing is access to an indoor arena for year round riding, 100+ acres of trails, expert advice on hand, and the social atmosphere of riding with other horse lovers. There is far less financial risk involved in leasing a horse. If you buy a horse and something unforeseen happens - injury, death - you are without a horse and out a lot of money. If you lease a horse and the horse acquires major medical bills, they are not your responsibility. If that horse becomes incapacitated, at the end of that month you will be absolved of your commitment to the lease. If possible, every attempt will be made to make up the missed riding time with another lease or practice rides. However, you there will not be refunded as there is some commitment to the lease horse.
Lease Rates Half Lease $200/month Includes: 3 rides (1.5 hrs w/grooming & tacking, warm up and cool down) on leased horse per week, use of leased horse’s tack, use of PDF arena or trails. Also includes: all of leased horse’s worming, farrier, vaccines, emergency veterinary, dentistry, and other associated ownership costs.
Full Lease $300-500/month Includes: 6 rides (1.5 hrs w/grooming & tacking, warm up and cool down) on leased horse per week, use of leased horse’s tack, use of PDF arena or trails. Also includes: all of leased horse’s worming, farrier, vaccines, emergency veterinary, dentistry, and other associated ownership costs. Trail Riding Only Lease $200/month Includes: 3 trail rides (1.5 hrs w/grooming & tacking, warm up and cool down) on leased horse per week, use of tack. This is for qualified trail riders who are only interested in trail riding the leased horse. Riders must pre-qualify for this option and must still participate in 2 lessons per month (for insurance reasons and to ensure the safety of horse and rider).
Lease to Buy Program
Most horses available to lease are also available to buy. Check for most current prices and availability. If you are leasing a horse you wish to buy, you are eligible for our payment program. The payment program means that you have the opportunity to buy the leased horse for $500 down + $300/month till horse is paid in full, + the price of the lease each month. The horse will remain in the lease/school program until paid in full. The horse may not leave the property till paid in full. If you wish to pay for the horse in full rather than take part in the payment program, the price of the horse will be more open to negotiation. The price is nonnegotiable if paid on the payment program. If you default on payments for more than 30 days, the horse will remain the property of PDF and no refunds will be given for monies already paid.
Lease Expectations and Requirements
To be eligible for a regular half or full lease, you are required to take 1 lesson per week. The lesson may be private or group, half hr or hr. You may pay for it with the lease ($10 discount) or separately. If you miss more than one lesson per month, you will be disqualified from the lease program. Leased horses are at an advanced level of training and quietness. Leasing a horse is meant to be a positive learning experience and can only be so if you are taking regular lessons. Make up lessons must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hrs in advance. No-shows or late students will be charge full price of the missed lesson.
Lessee’s must treat the leased horse with the utmost care and concern. Careful grooming must be done before and after riding EACH TIME, including picking feet! Safe horse handling procedures must be used constantly. All lease rules must be followed! Person’s not complying will be given one warning before being asked to relinquish the lease with no refund. During riding, the leased horse must be properly warmed up and cooled out. Allow time for these important parts of the ride, even if it means cutting the practice portion short. Commonsense must prevail in all uncertain situations. Persons treating their leased horse improperly or unsafely will be asked to leave the program. The following rules are for your and your leased horses safety and health.
It is expected that if you are advanced enough to lease a horse that you will be able to ride in an arena with other riders. Arena rules must be followed at all times. If you are uncomfortable riding at busy arena times, please ask for times when the arena is less busy and I will do my best to accommodate. However, riding with other riders is a normal and important riding skill. In a boarding situation it often can not be avoided.
1) Riding time on leased horses must be scheduled in advance. If for some reason you are unable to make your scheduled riding time, you may call and request another riding time. However, it may not always be possible to make up missed riding time. In a half lease situation, 2 people will be leasing the same horse. The first person to lease the horse will have first opportunity to schedule their 3 rides (1.5 hr. blocks of time). However, every effort will be made to schedule riding times which are optimal for each lessee. There are a number of reasons for such a schedule: most of all it will help the lessee to stick to a riding schedule and make the best use of the lease. Secondly, in order to offer the affordable option of a half lease, 2 persons will be leasing the same horse so schedules must be adhered to. Thirdly, leased horses may be used in lessons around lessee’s scheduled riding times in order facilitate the low cost of this leasing program. 2) Horse leases must be paid for, in full, up to 1 week in advance of the 1st day of the lease period. Due to the popularity of this program, if the lease is not paid for in full 1 week prior to the lease period, the lease will be given to the next person on the waiting list. 3) Only the person actually leasing the horse may ride the leased horse. If family members would like to ride, they may schedule a private lesson. It is unfair to horses and their owner (me) to be put in the risky position of allowing unqualified riders to ride leased horses. All persons leasing horses must meet the lease eligibility requirements. 4) Lease eligibility requirements: - Person must have taken a min. of 3 months of riding lessons at PDF Riding prior to leasing (or meet proficiency standards). - Person must be proficient in halting, steering, walking and trotting the horse they intend to lease in all circumstances and be able to ride with other riders following arena rules. Their proficiency will be determined by me. - Person must be able to catch, halter, lead, groom, pick feet, tie, saddle and bridle leased horse safely and independently. If lessee is a child, lessee’s parents must be proficient in these skills if their child is unable to do them independently. - All person’s handling the leased horse (parents helping, friends visiting) must have a signed Liability Release on file with PDF before handling the leased horse. 5) All lessees under age 18 must wear an ASTM approved helmet at all times while riding or lunging horses at PDF. If lessee is seen not wearing a helmet during these activities, they will be asked to relinquish the lease. It is strongly recommended that all persons, regardless of age, wear an ASTM approved helmet during riding and lunging at PDF. 6) All lessees and persons handling leased horse must wear appropriate footwear. Appropriate footwear includes riding boots or tough tennis shoes that will protect the foot in case you are stepped on. Under no circumstances should any person handling a horse wear sandals, flip flops or heelless shoes. Lessees must wear long pants while riding. 7) Lessees must obey all arena rules while riding in the arena with other riders. All gates must be closed while riding or lunging in the arena. No riding is to take place in the barn outside of the arena. 8) Leased horses may only be tied in designated tying areas out of the way of traffic. In many cases, that will be inside the stall. Some horses may not be tied at all. Ask and pay attention to your leased horse’s requirements. No horse is to be tied in the arena while riding is going on. 9) PDF reserves the right to use all leased horses in PDF lessons. This keeps the cost of leasing down and keeps the horses in correct training to optimize your experience. Lessons will be scheduled around your scheduled riding time. 10) You may only ride leased horse outside of the arena if you have been pre-approved to do so. You may only jump leased horse if you and the horse have been pre-approved to do so. 11) Horses must be lead at all times with a lead rope - not by the halter!!! 12) Thorough grooming and foot picking must be done before and after each ride. 13) Tack must be hung correctly in its place after riding. Items broken through misuse will be charge to lessee. 14) Leased horses may not be taken off farm property without the written consent of PDF or an authorized agent. Leased horses may be shown through PDF. 1st person on half lease programs will have showing priority if there is conflict. 15) If leased horse is injured, becomes ill, or dies during lease month, every effort will be made to allow lessees to ride other horses. However, this may not be possible and lessee will forfeit the lease payment. This is standard industry practice and is a relatively minor risk compared to the risk of owning your own horse. The ill or injured horse must still be cared for regardless of whether it is ridable or not. 16) Lease contract must be filled out and signed 1 week prior to beginning of lease. Horses are leased from 1st of the month to 1st of the month. 17) Each horse may have special care requirements that you are required to fulfill as part of your lease. For example, washing feet to eliminate fungus, caring for pasture wounds, detangling/maintaining manes and tails. You will be made aware and instructed as to each horse’s particular requirements. 18) You are required to make me or a PDF authorized agent aware of any injuries or unusual conditions of the horse that are found prior to or during riding. This includes cuts, bumps, scrapes, unusual mood, disinterest, rolling, accidents that occur during handling, etc.