Not long after we bought the farm and opened for business we found
that, generally, the wife had a horse but the husband did not and was
not sure he wanted one. Also, we encountered people that 'thought'
they wanted a horse, or 'have always wanted' a horse but were not sure
that they wanted to make the commitment, the permanence to buy. We
knew from the beginning that we would never operate any kind of 'ride
by the hour' operation because we felt that the wear and tear on the
horse was not consistent with our philosophy. We decided to
lease selected horses by the year.
need started us out on a lease by the year program. The client signs
a one-year lease for 'half' a horse for the month and shares the days of the
week and the weekend days and holidays with the leasee who leases the other 'half'
or — if client so desires — he/she can lease all the days of the
month by leasing both 'halves.' Rates are not published on our website as they
are subject to change. For further information please CONTACT
The client is required in the lease agreement
to 'care for' that horse like it belonged to them... groom it, pick its hooves,
etc., before and after riding, cool walk the horse if indicated and so on. We
pick up all the expenses associated with the horse — farrier, vet, feed, etc.
We keep this part of our operation pretty small
and select. Kim gives any prospective client a checkout on our bomb-proof animals
and is not at all hesitant to decline the service if she feels that the individual
is not experienced and qualified to lease. Such
an individual may be considered for a conditional lease where they take lessons
from Kim until she is satisfied that the individual is sufficiently qualified.