Leasing and Boarding with Lupine Farm
If the horse ownership path isn’t the one you are on at present, but you would like the benefits of bonding with one horse, the opportunity for some unstructured riding time, and the chance to have a horse to use for off-site competitions and clinics, there are a variety of leases available in the world. You might find somebody willing to free lease their horse to you for a specified period of time during which you assume all costs of ownership, but only for a finite period of time (as opposed to if you purchase a horse, that horse is yours and remains your financial responsibility until you can find a suitable buyer or home when you are ready to move on).
We offer paid leases on some of our horses at Hemphill’s September through May and you could then board them at Lupine for example. You might also do a lease on a competition horse that suits your needs for one competitive season in which you generally pay the owner a fixed lease fee in order to lease that horse for the year and then you can board it at the stable of your choice and assume all financial responsibility for the season. Many lesson barns allow various lease arrangements with their horses in order to allow students more time in the saddle and the chance to compete without owning a horse. We have evaluated our lease program and are making a couple of changes for 2022 to keep up with the cost of everything and to remain in step with other area stables. We will continue to allow day leases of lesson horses for our home shows and clinics as well as for leadline and walk-trot riders, but if you would like to compete off-site in a division higher than walk-trot, you will be required to have your own horse or a half-lease on one of our lesson horses. Two people may each have a half lease on the same horse and share that horse at horse shows. Walk-trot and leadline riders may day-lease a horse for shows even if it is half-leased by another student.
Half – Lease (month to month):
Opportunity to ride up to 3x a week outside of lessons and take horse to off-site competitions with Lupine Farm; priority use of horse at shows and clinics; use of locker in tack room (if one available after all boarders and full-lease riders have one) — $300/mth plus half of veterinary, dental, and farrier costs for horse.
*Discount available if 6 or 12 months paid up front.
Full- Lease (6 month minimum):
Opportunity to ride up to 5x a week outside of lessons and take horse to off-site competitions and clinics with or without Lupine Farm if arranged in advance and approved by owner; use of locker in tack room; $500/mth plus all veterinary, dental, and farrier costs for horse. *
Discount available if 6 months or 12 months paid up front.
Half-leased horses will continue to be used in lesson program or may be half leased by two different riders. Fully-leased horses may be pulled from lesson program. There is a cap on veterinary expenses of $350 per incident on half lease and $700 on full lease. *Fully-leased horses may still be pulled into use for beginner summer camp weeks if needed.*
Our Lesson and Lease Horses
Lupine Farm offers specially chosen horses and ponies that are perfectly matched to a variety of riders’ unique needs and skill sets. Our lesson horses and ponies truly are the heart of our program.
Lease Requirements, Expectations, and Information
- Half-leased horses will continue to be used in lesson program. Fully-leased horses may be pulled from lesson program. *Fully-leased horses may still be pulled into use for beginner summer camp weeks if needed.*
- In order to half-lease or full-lease a Lupine Farm lesson horse, you must be able to safely catch your horse in the pasture, groom, tack up, and ride without assistance from an instructor. Parents can assist with these tasks and supervise for our younger students who lease. Parents, if you would like some basic training to help your horse-kid with the catching, grooming, and tacking up parts, we can arrange some coaching in that department!
- After you receive instructor approval that you are ready to assume a lease, you can discuss with Emily and Ivy which horses or ponies might be a good fit for your lease experience.
- Lease ride scheduling should be done around the lesson schedule. There are two areas at the farm, so one is frequently available for lease rides and hacks even if lessons are happening. Sometimes our instructors are able to make room for lease riders and boarders in the arena even during lessons, but you should always ask first to see if that is the case.
- There is no jumping outside of lessons unless you own your own horse, so all lease rides are flat only.
- Lease riders, as with lesson students and boarders alike, are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and their horses and helping maintain a tidy and safe shared space for all of us to enjoy.