Is leasing a horse for you?
from an article by Hillary Walker

Leasing a horse is a great way to experience taking care of and enjoying a horse without the
expense of buying it. It allows you to find out whether the commitment of horse ownership is for you.
Done correctly, leasing can be very rewarding and potentially lead to buying the leased horse.

Before you lease, you need to have basic riding skills, know how to catch, lead, groom and saddle
him, as well as be aware of the fundamentals of horse first aid. It is helpful to have an expert at
hand to help you: horses are a huge responsibility.

There are two types of lease: full lease and share-lease. It is usual with a full lease for the lessee to
pay for the horse’s board, shoeing and veterinary care and be allowed to use the horse whenever

The share-lease usually gives you three days per week to ride the horse, and the costs of boarding
him are divided between lessor (usually the horse’s owner) and lessee. It is important to decide
ahead of time when each party will ride the horse, where he will be kept, who gets to ride him at
which shows and other events, and who pays for the horse’s veterinary and other maintenance,
and how much.

Additional points to cover in the lease contract include how long the lease is for and what the notice
of termination is. You may want to add an option to buy at the end of the lease. Go to Lease
Agreements for free lease documents plus instructions.

Leasing will give you the opportunity to get closer to a horse than is possible with simply taking
riding lessons. It will allow you the freedom to ride more frequently and hone your equestrian skills
while teaching you the ins and outs of horse ownership before taking that leap and purchase your
first horse.
Woodland Horse Center
16301 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905
301-421-9156          fax: 301-421-9049