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So starting Monday I'm trying out horses to potentially lease. I've been through the whole looking process before and I have a bad habit of letting other peoples opinions influence what I'm looking for and it had ended badly before... I think I know what I'm looking for, but how do you know for sure that you've found the horse you want to lease? Does anyone have any tips for picking a horse to lease?
I would definately have yoru trainer there while you are searching. Because other then yourself your trainer is the one who will be able to tell you if the horse is a good match and will hep you find a horse that best suits your riding level.
What happened last time. I remember you tried a lot of horses and seemed to do all the right things. Did he not work out?
You need to find a horse that works with your personality as well as your skill set. He/she should know a little more than you so that he can teach you. So a school master is ideal, so don't be afraid of a little older horse. If you have a trainer that you are working with, it's a good idea to keep them involved too. Either take them along on the visit or video tape your try out and discuss with them the good and bad things you feel.
same as if you were to buy it.
you need to connect and get along.
don't let some one "bully" you into getting something they think will work with you.
when you find the one that will work with you, you'll know.
I have never leased a horse, but when I go to look for one that is for sale I make sure you get all the infor on the horse. make sure you check the hooves cause if they don't have good feet. that is the foundation. But usually their is something that clicks with me and the horse. I have never had a problem with any of them. Good Luck. Hope you find the one that you click with.