Leasing a Horse
“Try Before You Buy”
Leasing is often the perfect way to “get your feet wet” without making a long-term commitment in terms of time and finances. Expensive show horses, for example, may be leased for the duration of the show season allowing you to ride and show a better horse than you might be able to afford to buy. Although these types of leases usually involve a Lease Fee that is separate from the Boarding fees of the horse. Leasing a horse is also a great way to try something new such as showing in a new division or with a different breed of horse. Your lease on a horse can extend for a short period (3 months) or a long one (1 year). With a typical lease, during this time the owner retains ownership of the horse but he gives the use of the horse to the lessee. The lessee may or may not have to pay a Lease Fee but he will be responsible for the horse’s monthly expenses including board, shoeing, and routine veterinary care.