Owning a horse is big commitment. Leasing a horse long-term or before you buy is a great way to have the best of both worlds. Leasing is far less expensive than owning a horse. You can ease into the demands of a horse-keeping schedule. Leasing allows parents to evaluate a child's commitment to riding and horse care. Ending a lease is easier and much less traumatic than having to sell a horse that you no longer want.
Our students always have the first option when we have a horse available to lease -- but it really comes down to finding the right person for that horse. It's important to match the personalities of the horse and owner. We also look for riders with training and experience that are appropriate for the horse's training and experience.
Horses are unable to fend for themselves, so we only lease our horses to people with the maturity to be responsible and safe, the ability to handle the physical work around the barn, and the willingness to learn. Keeping horses is a never-ending learning experience! You must be able to demonstrate understanding of responsible horse ownership to be eligible.
Parents who lease a horse for their child must also be active participants in helping their child learn and perform horse-keeping chores -- leasing is not a drop-off activity! We are unable to supervise your child on his/her lease days, and expect parents to monitor the child's activities.
Cost Comparison to Owning a Horse Purchase Price $1,500-$15,000 Grooming Kit $50 Used Western Saddle $500-$1000 Used English Saddle $500-$1000 Bridle $35-$150
Misc. blankets & tack $500 Boarding/Training $220-750 per month Farrier $35-100 every 6 weeks Vet Expenses $300 annually
$220/month for pasture horse $350/month for stalled horse
Additional costs & information:
*Weekly lessons may be required. You may purchase these as a package of 4 for $75 or $25 each.
*Tack sets are an additional $20 per month, and include saddle, saddle pad, and bridle. Limited availability of English & western sets. *Farrier, vet, and other care expenses are covered by SS Equestrian Center *SS Equestrian Center will use horse for lessons a maximum of 5 hours per week. *Daily ride time will be available to the leaser. To keep you and our horses safe and happy, some restrictions may apply depending upon your level of experience. *In the event that a leased horse becomes lame or otherwise unfit for work, we will provide a substitute ride if possible.