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capall beag

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What are your opinions on Leasing a horse for a set period, like a year.

This is a F/U Q from my stallion critique.

I was thinking of Free leasing my roan stallion for about a year to give me time to get to know my other stallion and see how he is as a stud!

My other stallion is only 2 and is not a proven stallion BUT he is more refined and I think might compliment my mares more.

Both are sweet, gentle stallions. I just am not really ready to part with my raon stud BUT am not properly set up for 2 stallions at this time.

Looking for opinions on leasing?

As always, THANK YOU for taking the time to reply!
 

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I have leased from someone, but never leased a stallion to anyone, so I can only speak from one side of the picture as it were. My stallion was a youngster- he went back with a few show wins under his belt and perfectly mannered (he came an absolute Piggy!!) He was also in show condition, which he was not when he came. I put him on four of my best mares and he gave me some lovely foals, tow of which I still have, so it was a good deal all round. Your stallion is already a sweetie, so there is really nothing the people leasing him are going to be be able to add- unless they harness train him for you. I would certainly be looking for somewhere that will use him on at least four, good, mares, and do something to further his education- be it harness or even show- although he is not the sort to go to the top in halter there is no reason why he cannot do jumping, obstacle etc, to the top. I would also not be happy with him going too far away- you need to be able to check on him, and I would have a clause in the agreement, signed by both of you , that stipulates in words of one syllable, that the horse is still, in every way, YOUR property, and as such you can remove him without warning if you have ANY issues with the setup whatsoever. Since you are very realistically looking to do a FREE lease, you need to keep very strict control of the situation. You will get quite a few answers when you advertise, I think- he is such a flashy colour and such a sweetie that a lot of the enquiries will be non-starters- little girls that want a pretty pony etc. Been there, done that, don't really want to do it again!!! In fact I think you had better wrap him in brown paper and send him over to me, UPS!! I don't think I'd use him at stud, but I could harness train him and have a lot of fun. I just adore his colour. Right- you get the string, I'll get the brown paper
 

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[SIZE=14pt]I have Uno on a lease for two years from Linda H. WE got him insured for the amount she set and we pay all his expenses over that period of time. She has also agreed to honor any live foal guarantees after he returns home and we have first dibbs if she decides to sell him.[/SIZE]

Lyn
 

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That is GREAT advice!!

If you were any closer he would be there overnight delivery!!

Yes, I would not want him going far away. His welfare is VERY important to me. I would love him to go where someone could enjoy him for a year or so. I really would rather not sell him. I think he would do great in obstacle/jumping because he seems so willing to please!

I am going tp advertise him that way and see what sort of responses I get. I would definately want to have a contract that stated he will return immediately if he is not well kept and loved on a daily basis!!

Thanks again for helpful advice from both of you!!
 

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Do your research and check references on the lessee. I was not involved in a lease, but a new friend was, and she was just about taken to the cleaner's w/it.

The lessee in this situation did not provide that great of care, and also did not file the proper paperwork to register foals during the leased time, also the lease lapsed and the lessee did not honor the end of lease agreement (which was purchase in this case).

Cover all your bases (veterinary care, loss of horse, lessee moving and changing their mind, foals born of the horse during the leased time, etc.) and do try to check up on the horse from time to time if you can and put that in your lease that you can take the horse back if you see he's not being cared for properly.

Liz M.
 

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