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7/13/20 9:06 A

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Hey there! The schedule is what it is - I get her on Friday and Saturday, lesson on Sunday (which now includes a small group ground school lesson where we learn about things like leg wraps, lunging, braiding, etc - i really love that!) and lesson on Tuesday. It's so hot here right now though, I'm feeling a little sick today because I think I am dehydrated from working hard outside in this heat so much.

I will lease her for another month because I forgot her owner has an advanced notice period if you choose not to lease anymore (which makes sense so she can make other arrangements for Peachie). I think if I were to quit the lease, I wouldn't be able to get her back - like I said, Peachie is in high demand right now!

Still working a lot at the trot. I wish we were advancing more quickly. I used a device called the Equicube yesterday that helped me get the right position down, I'll try using that for a few mins during warm up going forward and maybe that will advance us faster.

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7/11/20 10:03 A

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How is the schedule going? Is the pony still working out? I hope so! Riding consecutive days and then taking time off is the best way to go for me... I don't forget the lessons as easily. How is your experience?

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6/24/20 10:23 A

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Thanks, the first two weeks aren't quite working out so well. I had wanted to lease on Thursdays and Saturdays, as I have lessons on Sundays and Tuesdays (allowing some breaks in between to recover). I told my instructor who I lease from that I'd be willing to come bright and early on Thursday mornings before work to ride so that Peachie could be recovered in the evenings for any lessons she might already have scheduled, but the problem is I work a normal 9-5 schedule and she says I couldn't come until 8am in the mornings. I'd never make it to work on time. So I have to come in the evenings.

Last week, she asked if I can come Friday instead of Thursday evening, which was fine, but she said the same thing again for this week. So now I'm riding Friday-Sunday, which is kind of exhausting, especially in this Florida heat.

I could cancel my Sunday lessons and only take Tuesday lessons, but I hate to do that because I feel like I get more out of my lessons then riding on my own right now. If I cancel, another student will take the spot and I'll probably never get it back because it's so booked up right now. That's the big problem - is that the barn is small, students are off of school for summer vacation (and there's not much else to do in the era of COVID right now), so both my instructor and Peachie are in high demand.

So I'm not sure how to resolve this. I wish I lived in an area with more barns and horse choice, as I'd probably look for a different horse to lease that works more in the schedule I had hoped for. But maybe I'm just being a wimp, as don't some people ride every day anyway? I guess this is a good problem to have.

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6/18/20 3:14 P

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Hi BPXDOMINO,

That is AWESOME news! Congratulations on Peachie and gaining your confidence. You have made great progress toward your "aspiring horsewoman" goals - keep up the good work. Thank you for the update, and please keep us posted. Your post has inspired me to spend more time with my horses, STARTING NOW!

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6/17/20 11:15 A

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Hi everyone - just thought I'd give an update that I finally felt confident enough to ride on my own and to ask my instructor for a lease. So I wanted to introduce you to Peachie! In addition to the 2 lessons I have each week, I will get to ride her 2 more times each week to practice. I am so excited (as long as Florida weather will cooperate with me!) Thanks again for your advice!

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2/7/20 8:33 A

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I hope Joanna's well wishes gave you luck! Did you have the planned conversation with your instructer? How'd it go?

To help with your concerns of being too late in life to get started, I want you to know that my mother started at 55! While she doesn't compete, she still loves trail riding and the horses almost as much as I do, and has a blast every time we go. It's definately not too late to endulge in your horse passion.

Edited by: MGOOD4X4 at: 2/7/2020 (08:35)
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2/5/20 1:53 P

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Sounds like you have a plan. Good luck and yes do keep me informed would like to hear about your adventure with the lessons and leasing. Also good luck in finding the right job to fit your needs.

Joanna

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2/3/20 3:16 P

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Haha I wish I could say the lease was signed and that's what is keeping me so busy, but in truth it's really just work. On top of all this, I'm looking for a new job... so I can continue to afford all of the things I want to do with horses :)

I'm in Florida in a place where there aren't too many barns around, but I've worked up the nerve to ask my instructor about leasing tomorrow! If she doesn't have a solution for me, I have spoken with another barn that has availability to give me lessons 2-3x each week and potentially lease. I hate to go somewhere new because I do really like the people at the place I'm at now, but I just don't see myself making much progress only getting 45 minutes each week on a saddle.

I do appreciate your insights! And really appreciated hearing your story! I do have that little voice in my head telling me it's too late in life to do anything with this, but hearing from other people that got a later start gives me lots of encouragement!

I'll keep you posted!

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2/3/20 2:13 A

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Goodness we have not heard back....maybe she is off finding a horse to have a great adventure with.


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1/31/20 10:20 P

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I am a horse owner - not a professional in the least - and I have never leased a horse. But I do agree with Joanna. If you can find an affordable, well trained mount to lease, you should definately go for it. A good horse can teach you so much more that an instructor can. Also having a way to practice what the instructor does teach you will increase your progress and enjoyment expedentially!

Please keep us posted on your decisions and progress. I love to read about other's successes, and maybe can offer a tidbit here or there to help if desired.

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BPXDOMINO Just wanted to say hello and maybe I can answer a few of your concerns. Let me explain a little first. I am a horse owner, I have trained and competed with Quarter Horses for more than 40 years. I am retired but own a 104 acre farm in Michigan where we have been breeding and raising Arabians for the past 24 years. I have also used my facility to give sanctuary to abandoned and unwanted horses as a rescue from 1999 to 2014. So I can assure you that in most cases I can say been there done that. My granddaughter now runs the farm and she shows and competes within the Arabian Breed. She also leases horses, gives lessons and runs quite an operation.

The interesting fact is that I was 38 years old when I decided to start this adventure that lasted so long. I too has a passion for horses when I was younger but coming from a low income family we did not even have the ability to house are family properly so if you wanted to do anything like that you had to find a way yourself. Since i was an inner city child with no transportation to the country side I had to do with wishing and hoping something would come along. It did in the shape of a Local Mounted Police Team. They were housed in a local park that I did have access to so I often found my self there watching them train and handle their horses. I made friends with all the officers and they allowed me to groom and handle their horses from time to time. After a couple of years, one of them were getting ready to retire he took it upon himself to let me ride his well trained horse and he gave me what you call a quick study in training and riding. The few cues I learned from him allowed me to keep my passion alive until I could become an adult and fund my own needs, Yet as I grew up other things got in the way, kids, school, husband, housework, car payments, etc, and it was very difficult to really get what I wanted so I let it pass me by. I never was able to afford riding lessons at the time, but I could go to a riding stable and get on a horse and try over and over to teach my new mount what I thought would be a good lesson that was taught to me. Unfortunately that never worked either. Each time I went I got a new horse and had to start from ground zero, but so that I would not forget, I did continue to do for half of the hours ride work on what I call technique, the other half hour I just let it go and rode until my time was up.

I decided to drop everything one day, everything and move to the country where I would never look back. Thanks to a great husband, some hardworking children and my passion for horses we landed our first 18 acre farm. I don't think I was there a week before I have my first pair of horses, and within 3 months that turned to 6 and by the end of the first year we were up and running with a total of 11 horses. All ages but all Quarter Horses also. I learned from the ground up. I would ride along with my children as much as I could, I went down trails, I would set up obstacles and go through everything I could to teach myself. Right away even not being quite there I went ahead and joined a few local groups that put on local horse shows, 4H shows, anything I could do just to get out there. My kids would join their age group and I got into the adult age group and we played. My second year, I thought I was ready for the big time. I took on a small rodeo circuit that covered a tri-state area. As I mounted up the wins and trophies and my kids loved to travel with me for the weekend shows I knew I had made the right decision for myself. So...here goes my thoughts on your situation.

If you can find a horse to lease, lease it. Why?
a. You will get to know that horse and he will get to know you.
b. You will feel obligated to be a little more attentive to him/her since it would be yours for say.
c. You will be able to test yourself and push yourself with more confidence on a horse that you feel comfortable with and that right there will allow you to think outside the box.
d. You can take your lesson to heart and use the time in-between lessons to practice practice and practice.
e. Horses learn by repetition - We need repetition to keep our minds focused. It will do you both good.
f. Watch videos, read books, pick up things on your own. There is a big difference from a Horse Trainer and an Instructor that gives Lessons. I know many Instructors that give lessons but they themselves have never been on a horse. I know many great riders that have no ability to train a horse. Things will come in trial and error but you stepping up with excel those things and will find out if what you want is to really succeed.
g. As long as you have a well trained horse that is confident enough to do what you ask they will work with you and you will accomplish so much.


I have always loved giving lessons to young riders. I have had young girls come to me and tell me give me an experienced horse I will be your best rider, I have had tons of lessons or years of lessons. When asked: how many years, 2 maybe 3 years. I would calculate in my mind. 2 years, 52 weeks, 1 lesson a week, minus too cold day, minus sick misses, minus too hot days, maybe in a good year they got in 40 lessons, at two years that's 80 days of riding under supervision.. Hmmmm I can turn them into great little riders that look beautiful up on a horse, unless of course they are crying it's too hot or too cold to be out here.

Now give me that little girl that has a back yard nag, no lessons not one, but she dragged her little body up on that horse, fell of got back on over and over and she can gallop across that field with no saddle sometimes no hands, but has no idea of a lead, and proper seat, a post in the saddle, doesn't know the difference between a western saddle and a english one. Give me that little girl that will show up everyday even when she isn't getting a lesson, doesn't have the right attire on, yep give me her, and I can give you a champion rider. Not only that I can give you that little girl in less than a summer. I love all riders but I am especially fond of that one that will come out in the freezing cold just to make sure she or his horse is not cold also.

So....if you are asking me...I say go for it....do what ever you can as often as you can, but do not spend more than you can afford under any circumstances.

I am not sure where you are at, but for us....our leased horse are offered in two ways. We offer to lease a horse to ONE rider or TWO never more. If we lease to one rider we charge a going rate that would cover the cost of board only, we don't charge for any medical, farrier, or other cost because after all they are our horses and we are obligated for them to there anyway. With that monthly rate we offer 1 lesson a week, but require that they maintain their horses care when it comes to grooming and handling. We clean the stalls and turn them out but nothing else, that will be the lessees responsibility. If the riders are in the same family we allow two riders to share one horse, but we never allow more than that, we do not allow them to bring in outside riders to ride the horse (insurance and safety reasons). And if there are two riders to one horse they have to share the lessons we do not offer additional lessons for the second rider.

I do know other barns are less concern than we are and may offer multiple riders to share the board of a horse but in raising and training and competing with horses I have found that keeping a horses head straight is as important as keeping the riders head straight. And having to many hands working on a horses rains could cause the horse to misunderstand what is being asked.

This is long and maybe boring to you so I will let it go but let me know what you decided to know. I would love to follow you along.


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Joanna

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1/30/20 3:51 P

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Hello everyone! Resident newbie rider here wondering about horse leasing. I would like to get more riding time each week in order to practice the things I'm learning in my lessons, but my instructor doesn't have additional time for me right now outside of the 45 minutes each week that I currently get. And there's not too many options where I live for picking up lessons elsewhere.

I am not ready for ownership and not sure I will ever be as I could not afford board here at $700 per month. So I was thinking about leasing to get the additional time I'm looking for in!

Did anybody else start out by leasing and have any advice?
Is it even an option to me as a beginner? My six years of riding during my teen years doesn't seem to have come with me now that I'm pushing 40 and struggle with correct posture, correct posting, etc, (although I have retained everything I knew about horse care, grooming, etc since I worked in a stable for those six years in order to "pay" for my riding time). But I just don't feel like I'm going to be able to correct the things I'm doing wrong by only riding once each week.

Thanks in advance for any advice you have to offer!

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