How Much Does Leasing a Horse Cost?
Leasing a horse is the process of “renting” a horse for a short period of time, similar to a car lease. Owning a horse can get rather expensive, and while many potential riders would love to own one, most just cannot afford it or don’t want the commitment. Leased horses will generally stay at the stables where you can ride it, groom, and develop a bond as if the horse was your own. The cost of leasing a horse is going to depend upon the stables offering the service, the amount of time needed and geographical location.
How much is it?
- Since it is going to the responsibility of the leaser to take care of the horse, most stables are going to want to lease them out on a monthly basis. On average, it can cost anywhere from $155 to $500 per month.
- Prime seasons (May to August) are going to cost 30% to 50% more than the off season.
- Many stables offer half leases which allow the horse owner to ride a horse for a limited time per each week. This can last up to 2 to 4 days per week. A plan such as this one can cost anywhere from $45 to $75 per week. With a part time leasing package, the horse will be shared with others that want to lease as well.
- For example, the Pine Trails Ranch in California leases their horses for $185 to $335 per month depending on which month it is leased.
What are the extra costs?
- Stables where the horse will stay when you are not there will cost anywhere from $20 to $70 per month extra. Semi-private stalls are going to be cheaper than the private stalls.
- Horse riding lessons are offered at most stables. These lessons are ideal for those that do not have a lot of riding experience. Lessons can start at as little as $20.
- Additional fees may apply such as shoeing, trimming, as well as administration fees. These will all vary depending upon the stable.
- Be aware that that some owners may pass down the vet charges if the horse gets ill. It is best to inquire about this before signing a lease.
- Consider additional accessories such as a leather bag, grooming kit, and treats.
What is going to be included?
- With the lease, most of the necessary equipment such as the saddles and bridles will be provided. Depending on the stable’s rules, the rider may be able to come as they please when the stable is opened. Part time owners may be limited on the days on which they can come visit the horse. Most of the time, a full time lease will allow you to treat the horse as if it were your own.
How can I save money?
- Negotiate your lease with the stable owners. Most stables will be more than happy to lower the prices if the season is slow.