Leasing is a great opportunity for any level of rider!
It allows you to improve your skills (many of which can only be learned by spending extra time in the saddle), expand your horse husbandry experience and spend time loving and caring for a special horse.
Leasing is also a great stepping stone to owning your own horse. It can be the most cost effective way of advancing to the next level, which broaden your choices for the type of horse you can then purchase. Leasing also gives you the experience of owning without the responsibility and expense beyond the lease term, so it is a great way to “test out” you or your child’s level of commitment before purchasing.
It is a terrific option for getting your “horse fix´ if horse ownership is simply not in your budget.
When leasing a safe, quality horse there are 2 components to the cost: the lease fee and the cost of care. The LEASE FEE is a one-time fee paid to the owner of the horse. This fee varies from horse to horse, depending on their athletic ability, training and demeanor. This fee helps the owner recoup some of the costs from the initial purchase of the horse and its subsequent upkeep.
The COST OF CARE FEE covers the ongoing monthly costs involved in the upkeep of the horse. While most things such as board are a relatively consistent, the cost of shoeing, additional feed/supplements, and routine vet maintenance can vary, so the cost of care will vary slightly from horse to horse.
We have a number of wonderful horses available for lease through the HVRA program.
Leases are Full or Half. A Full Lease entitles you to complete access to the horse as though you own
it. A Half Lease entitles you to limited access to the horse - up to 3 days a week.
*Reduced rate for lessons.
*Priority when scheduling lesson times.
*Use of your lease horse for your lessons.
*Use of your lease horse for showing.
*Horse use fee ($80) is waived at horse shows.
HVRA Horses lease horses
Level 1 horse – This horse is suitable for riders from the walk/trot through crossrail level.
Level 2 horse – This horse is suitable for riders through the 2’0 level.
Level 3 horse - This horse is suitable for riders through the 2’6 level. Level 3 horses are available for full lease only since they can only be asked to jump at that height 2-3 days a week.
Outside Lease horse – Riders wishing to jump/compete at a level higher than 2’6 will need to
purchase or lease horse a horse of that caliber. When you are ready to take that step will are here to help find the right horse
Ready to look for your own horse? Let us use our combined 50 years of experience in the horse industry to help you find just the right one!! Aside from teaching their clients to ride, trainers also play a vital role assisting clients in finding suitable horses when it comes time to purchase or lease their own.
As with many industries (real estate agents for example) you hire a professional for their expertise as well their contacts in that industry - both of which most riders/parents won’t have. I came across an article in Practical Horseman magazine that states it well and plainly: “The purpose of commissions is to reimburse agents (trainers/dealers serving as intermediaries for buyers and sellers) for their time and expertise in helping you select a horse who will suit your goals. Many trainers have devoted years to developing their skills in assessing horses and riders, and they strive to work in good faith for their clients. On a practical note, because trainers generally experience high overhead in the form of staff and facility costs and a low return on the time they spend on lessons and at shows, sales commissions ensure their ability to earn a living”. Industry standard is anywhere from 10-15%. We charge a 10% commission on the purchase/sale prices or lease fee price of the horse, with a $500 minimum commission for all sale, purchases or leases. Clients will be provided a commission contract and asked pay a $500 deposit which will be applied toward commission on purchase or lease of horse. If we negotiate a lease on client owned horse and another client, a flat fee of $500 will apply, to be split between the 2 parties . By California Law all commissions over $500 must be declared and transparent.
When purchasing/leasing a horse it is always best to negotiate a trial period if possible. This gives you the ability to ride the horse on your “home turf” and allows us multiple rides in order to help decide if the horse is suitable. During this trial period you will be financially responsible for hauling to/from the barn, board/care while the horse is at our facility, and lessons and/or professional rides and a pre-purchase exam. If the horse does not work out or pass a vet check, which can be disappointing, consider it spending a little to save a lot.