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A" free lease" is an agreement under which a horse holder "rents" his horse in whole (or in part) to someone who will help him to meet his costs. If, for example, you make half a rent, the renter will pay half of the food, the blacksmith and other costs in return for horse back rides three times a week; a full rent would oblige the landlord to pay all costs.
Free-of-charge rental contracts are becoming increasingly common as the business world stinks. They are great in principle - the horse owners can split the cost of one horse with another and riders are only allowed to rides against payment. I' ve covered the particularities of this in an early contribution - your horse sharing: the Ps and Qs of free rental contracts.
I have seen free lease agreements that have often been debated in horse fora. Obviously, very few write about how great your lease has become, so most of those I've been reading about are the ones with problems! Horsemen want a horse with which they can have a good time, which they prefer to be reasonably fit and which they can bring back in a year or two if they want to develop further or further.
Most of them do not want to see either greens or dressage shoes. Like one billboard said, "I don't pay to coach someone else's horse just to turn a $2500 horse into a $12000 horse on MY time. Holders want horse keepers who enable them to keep their horse (financially) and who keep their horse in good shape and serene.
You want horsemen who are capable enough not to harm your horse and who do not confuse your schooling. There are places where the owner complains that their horse has had health or workout problems, where the horse came back undernourished or where it just disappear.
They can see why they want to keep their horse in check. Sending your horse on lease has a not so small chances that the horse comes back less precious than worth. In my opinion, it is hard to find a free leasing horse that is beautifully educated, does not need any particular care and is competitively priced.
In general, these ponies are selling themselves, even in today's world. I' m not so sure it's a terrible move ridin' someone else's youngman. When I was just out of school I had a free lease for about three years. It was a very nutritious horse, but it was great pleasure to be on horseback and I knew that I could not commit myself to owning one.
So while I put a great deal of "sweat justice" and practice into the horse, I had a great time taking it with me. He was a show horse with a very good balance when I gave him back to the owners and was in the final of the divisions. I would have purchased it if I'd been able, but I feel like we both have value from the lease.
A further issue I often see is that the horsemen do not want the horse to be tampered with during the lease. Obviously, most of the disputes come from poorly worded agreements, but I think it is irrational to prohibit the landlord from using his own horse for a rental season, at least to ensure that things are still going well.
From the point of view of the owners, they want to ensure that their horse is not botched by horsemen who may not be as skilful as they are. During an on-line debate on this subject, many individuals took the side of the individual who rented the horse - that it was "their" horse at the moment.
There are also differences of opinion about what an landlord can demand from a tenant. Like someone looks at a horse to lease it. He finds the "ideal" horse that fulfils all his "requirements", since he is a horse with which he can now measure himself. The horse owners, however, have many demands as to what kind of supplementation the horse must be given and what kind of medicinal treatment (acupuncture, chiropractic) the horse must undergo.
Her complaint was that these were inappropriate demands that had not worked and she wanted to see if others thought the landlord was too upmarket. I feel that if you don't like the terms, don't lease the horse. I know, with a few exception, that most horse-owning people ('myself' included) do things that others think are irrational.
However, it is the privilege of the owner to determine the terms under which someone else can rid his horse. Things are mostly open to negotiations, but if you really don't like the trade, buy your own horse! If free leasing works well, it's great. For about three years, as I said, I had a free lease on a horse that worked really well.
There was one that worked very well: the tenant was a kind driver with humble aims and a lot of good manners. I' ve never been afraid of her on my horse. Some of them didn't seem to be able to keep to a timetable, so once he was on my horse when I showed up for horseback rides.
She did not want certain ways of dealing with the horse or horse back rides (e.g. always with a horse lead). And I also found that my horse began to take up the habit under the yoke. My tenant treated my horse like hers and did not appreciate my reservations.
Thankfully the horse was for sell and fortunately it had been put up for purchase before it became more of a topic. Are you telling me about your free rental space - did it work well? or not?