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Sending a horse on lease...what items do you typically send with them?

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  • Sending a horse on lease...what items do you typically send with them?

    My horse is currrently on trial and I am hoping it ends with a 1 year lease agreement.

    Having never actually leased a horse before...what items do you typically provide with the horse?

    Just not sure about winter blankets? Do you typically send those if the horse is going to be gone over winter?


    Not really sure what the norm is here...
    Never Ride Faster Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly
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  • #2
    It would be a courtesy to send blankets, halters, etc. but I don't know that it would be assumed you would give that stuff to the lessee.

    If you don't need the blankets, why not?

    As far as tack goes, I wouldn't send it. I sent a horse on trial and eventually lost one of my favorite bits and bridles, lady never returned it with the horse, which did come back (I got an "F" in assertiveness training).

    They need to buy the tack from you if they want it and you don't need it any more.


    • Original Poster

      Right...I bought him a new set of blankets last year when he finally killed his old ones...and they would just be sitting here.

      BUT...its not like any of this stuff is cheap...of course, its not like mice wont get into my tack trunk and rip it all to shreds anyway...
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      • #4
        I think my biggest fear of leasing a horse is that they'd use tack that doesn't fit properly. Then, again, I wouldn't want to send my tack with the horse. That is a tough one.

        I can see sending blankets, halter, etc., but I'd put it all in the lease.
        "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


        • Original Poster

          ^^^^^ this. I have struggled with saddle fit for a while with my horse...so much so that when they tried him the first time I had them bring their saddle to check fit.

          I love my saddle dearly, so it will never leave my site...but was thinking more like his "clothes"...
          Never Ride Faster Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly
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          Green Alligator "Captain"


          • #6
            Sell her the horsey clothes, it makes more sense. She might want her own stuff and wouldn't want your blankets so you might get to keep them.

            You can clean and store the blankets while the horse is away (like in plastic and a sealed trunk or in your house, I should clarify), if he comes back, you will want them anyway. If they go with and she uses them, then they might be trashed a year from now.


            • #7
              When we leased my horse out on-farm, he came with his bridle, all his boots, blankets, and halters.

              If I was to lease my horse out off-farm, I would likely send his blankets with him, because I know they fit, and that is it. I would make an itemized list, with a replacement cost and photo next to each item and a description of the current condition. Then have the leasee sign a copy of this list and keep it to reference in getting your things back.


              • #8
                exactly what costco_muffins said.

                I would include that I expect it all to come back clean, also.
                I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                • #9
                  Originally posted by costco_muffins View Post
                  When we leased my horse out on-farm, he came with his bridle, all his boots, blankets, and halters.

                  If I was to lease my horse out off-farm, I would likely send his blankets with him, because I know they fit, and that is it. I would make an itemized list, with a replacement cost and photo next to each item and a description of the current condition. Then have the leasee sign a copy of this list and keep it to reference in getting your things back.
                  This. Exactly!


                  • #10
                    I've never sent anything other than a nice halter and lead rope with lease horses. I would expect the leasee to provide blankets for my horse, and I have enough horses at home that the blankets I have always have a "home."

                    With that being said, I've only leased out my horses on paid leases to show barns. The blankets needed are not the same as my 24/7 turnout blankets they all wear here and I think it's a reasonable expectation that the leasee provide the wardrobe. If the circumstances were different or the horse hard to fit, I wouldn't hesitate to send a blanket or two with them. Though I like the idea of selling the blanket. When I leased out my hard-to-fit (saddle) gelding, I considered also leasing my saddle to the gal in the $50-$75/month range (her suggestion). But her saddle ended up also fitting him.
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                    • #11
                      halter and lead rope.

                      The rest?
                      I am inclined to sell it to them. Chances are they will treat it better when a $$ is attached to it.

                      But it depends on the read you get from the leasee.

                      Saddle would have to be paid for as well.

                      You then have the option of buying it back should the horse return...
                      You know, like a refundable deposit when the gear is returned in similar condition.


                      • #12
                        I asked what they needed and didn't. I sent: everyday halter, leather halter, lead, bridle with bit x2, turnout sheet, turnout blanket, cooler, girths x2 and brushing boots. I named each item and it's condition in my contract and then an estimated value of each. Contract stated items had to be returned in like condition, replaced, or paid for. Said items really only fit that horse and would have sat around if not sent with horse. I certainly would not have felt like I needed to provide anything, and I would not have sent anything I needed myself or would have been upset to lose.


                        • #13
                          I free leased a mare I had many years ago...sent all her blankets with her. Never saw them again. I had a signed contract acknowledging her receipt of the blankets along with the horse. The only way I was going to get them back was to take her to court. Wasn't worth my time or $$ (even though one of them was a $300 Rambo)! Still gets me really ticked off to this day...

                          So, my lesson would be that if you decide to send items, either make sure it is stated on the contract and INITIALED by every item that it was received. Or, like others stated, if they want the blankets, put a rental dollar value on them, and they can have their 'deposit' back when you get the blankets back (hopefully in the same condition as you left them)!


                          • #14
                            Similar predicament here. I struggled for YEARS trying to find a saddle that really fits. Finally found one and horse has been happy in it for a couple of years now.

                            Someone came to try the horse. I told trainer (because I know this is all she has in her tack room) - Childerics DO NOT fit this horse. He can't be ridden in one. Period. I found a custom saddle that looks like a Childeric knockoff but has gussets in the panels and is WOOL stuffed. Much to my surprise trainer said, "Okay, do you want this saddle to go with him?" Of course I said yes because his comfort is more important than my desire to keep the saddle in a closet for a year. I wouldn't leave the leathers and irons on, though.

                            As for blankets, that depends. If the horse is going to a show barn where everything is matchy-poo, no point. If not I would probably send him with his blankets. Bridle and bit - no. But I would stipulate what the horse should/should not be ridden in. Girth - no. Halter - yes, one.


                            • #15
                              Don't send him with anything that costs more than you can afford to replace.

                              My friend has had her pony on lease to the same woman for 2 years. She still provides the pony with blankets, and every time one gets ruined (which has happened more often than I would be happy/comfortable with), she replaces it. I think this is crazy - if owner can afford to lease pony for TWO YEARS, she can afford to pay for his blankets. She lives in Scotland and the pony lives out, so it's not like she didn't know upon starting the lease that the pony would require blankets.

                              People generally take better care of their things if they have to pay.
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