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zahtar and sam kissWhy leasing a horse might be right for you:

Owning a horse is a huge commitment of time and money.  We think it's smart to lease a horse before you buy to make sure that you're ready for that commitment.  Leasing allows you to try the horsey lifestyle to see if it fits: 

Leasing is a short-term commitment (usually 3 to 12 months at a time).


Leasing is far less expensive than owning a horse.


You can ease into the demands of a horsekeeping schedule.


You can learn on-the-job if you enroll in our Working Student Program.


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.


Who is eligible to lease?

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 Green Level Horsekeeping skills and knowledge (or above) to be eligible for a HorseSense lease.

Parents who lease a horse for their child must also be active participants in helping their child learn and perform horsekeeping chores -- leasing is not a drop-off activity! We are unable to supervise your child on her lease days, and expect parents to monitor the child's activities.


How much does it cost to lease a HorseSense horse?

You pay one low monthly lease fee -- and we pay all stabling costs, including feed, hay, shavings, veterinary and farrier care. (Full leases may require additional costs, however, depending upon the horse's needs.) We usually require a 3-month minimum lease period, which includes a 30-day trial.

Most -- but not all -- of the horses we offer for lease are school horses here at HorseSense Riding Academy, which means that they're only available for quarter or half leases:

QUARTER LEASE: For $50 a month, quarter-lease students may ride one additional day per week, including preferred use of that horse for regular lessons, camps and clinics.


HALF LEASE: Half-leasing for $100 per month gives you a horse of your own three days each week, including preferred use of that horse for your riding lessons, camps and clinics. 


FULL LEASE:  For $200 per month, we'll reserve five days per week for your exclusive use of the horse.  Full-leases require that you also help contribute to the costs of feed, hay, or routine farrier and health care, which will vary according to the horse's needs.


How a typical horse lease works:

Olivia and MerlinWe offer quarter (two days per week), half (three days per week), and full leases (he's all yours!) on a 3-, 6- or 12-month basis, with a 30-day trial period.


Our lease options allow you to spend additional days with your favorite school horse. On lease days, you may groom, do ground training, ride your horse, and just hang out and love on them.


If you're interested in leasing one of our horses, you should be prepared to pitch in and help with barn chores -- that means helping to feed, clean stalls one day a week, and to help keep the place clean and safe. Students must agree to all riding and horse care expectations, and be enrolled in our Learning Levels Horsekeeping program, actively working to expand their unmounted knowledge. We have really high standards for horse care, and we'll be happy to teach you; if you have no previous horse care experience, however, we'll require you to complete our Green Level Horsekeeping or above.


To keep you and our horses safe and happy, some restrictions may apply depending upon your level of experience. (For example, we may not let you jump until we've taught you to do so safely). Also, by necessity, the additional day(s) must be a day of Nikki’s choosing, when the horse is not already scheduled to work!


In the event that a leased horse becomes lame or otherwise unfit for work, we will provide a substitute ride if possible, but please remember that we cannot guarantee make-up lease days if you skip a day due to inclement weather, holidays or other scheduling conflicts.


The first step, of course, is to contact us to discuss options.


Which HorseSense horses are currently available to lease?

Horse available to lease or buy may be seen here.