Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Adventures In Leasing

I'm in an odd spot, honestly.

The search for a lease horse has officially begun. Technically, it officially began like two weeks ago when I sent the first text, which I didn't receive a response to. I sent a Facebook message also, which went unacknowledged as well. Miss Jan was actually the first person to respond. I can always trust Jan. She's basically keeping an ear open for me at the moment.

Go, Jan
In case you didn't know, 3'0" horses are basically magical unicorns on the American market. That 6" difference between "local show" horse and "can clear the fences at a non local show but that's about it" horse is the best way to double a price. In less sarcastic terms, the type of horse I'm looking for is just a bit too talented for bopping around in the C ring. This is reflected in a lack of monthly leases and the phrase "contact for pricing".

Where is my "from lowest to highest price" option?
I completely understand the appeal of the full year leases, but, like, I'm literally begging you, please let me free lease for four months.

Of course, there have been some good ones to pop up, and I found two more recently that are within an hour from me. For the most part, I'm trying to budget right now, so I'm hoping some of these horses will still be available come the January. There are nice horses out there, some not so nice, and then there's this:


For horses that I already know, I've added Oscar to the list. I get the feeling that he likely won't be able to do 3'0" next year, but I do remember feeling fairly comfortable on him; the sitting trot was the only touchy part. That being said, he has a good build for Dressage, and now that I'm considering going for my bronze, I'd be happy to spend a year or two working with him and building him up.

So, yeah, I'm down to lease. If anyone has or knows of a horse that will work for me, a mediocre adult amateur who's too short for most things and can barely jump to save her life, let me know.

7 comments:

  1. Yeah that is tough, I remember people asking about leases for Ramone and unfortunately small budgets work against you, but maybe there are more horses that could use work in your area

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    1. If I tried to hassle a little girl into letting me lease her brand new horse that I only know about from a blog on the internet, do you think she'd say yes?

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  2. Omg your so aright about the price doubling from local 2'6" to 3' it's crazy!!
    That paragraph was perfect though!

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    1. I swear it's such an American thing. A 3'0" horse (or like 1.0-1.10) is sooo common in Europe, but I guess the height is just a major shift for American riders.

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  3. Yup I feel your pain. Something with miles is costly or questionably sound.

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    1. At this point, I'm basically fine with anything that jumps 2'6", especially if I can lease in 2017 and 2018 and just work with it. There's a suuuuper cute Paint mare for sale in my town who needs a lot of work but she has CHROME and she's SOLID BRED, therefore a perfect hunter.

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  4. Free leasing is tough -- I think for owners it can be a little bit of a leap of faith, unless they know the leasee and the trainer really well IMHO

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