For many riders, a lesson each week is all they need to satisfy their love of riding and being with horses. But for others - young and old alike - there is a desire to pursue the sport on a more fulsome level and perhaps even compete; this is where conversations about leasing or purchasing a horse or pony often begin.
Leasing a horse is generally more affordable than horse ownership. Depending on the lease type, the owner of the lease horse may cover some or all of the costs associated with farrier and veterinary care. Additionally, a part-lease is likely to include use of the horse or pony’s tack/equipment, staving off this type of major investment.
Leasing provides the flexibility many individuals and families require with commitments to work, school and other activities. You choose the number of days you are able to ride each week. And if you outgrow your current lease – physically or in terms of skill – Tanya can help you find a new, more suitable mount to lease.
Leasing gives you access to the same horse or pony multiple times each week. Riding the same mount allows a rider to create a stronger relationship with that horse or pony, learning their likes and dislikes, quirks and challenges, and gaining greater confidence in general. Leasing is very beneficial if you're working towards a goal, such as competitive riding.
Riders who lease have the opportunity to participate in shows and clinics, and other special activities. Where there is more than one leasing rider, Rosewood will create a schedule that reflects the lease commitment of each rider.
Leasing allows you to assess the commitment – both financial and time – of horse or pony ownership. You may eventually wish to purchase a horse or pony, or you may find that leasing is perfect for you and your family.
A part lease provides a rider with guaranteed access to a specific horse or pony two or more days a week for riding in lessons, riding independently (depending on your level) and showing. You have the same days each week and on the other days, the horse or pony is ridden by another part-lessee(s) or is used in our Riding School Program.
A full lease sees you or your child as the exclusive lessee of a horse or pony giving you access to riding six days a week on average (most horses or ponies have a day off each week).
All Rosewood leases are considered paid leases – that is, the lease covers a portion of the sales-values of the horse or pony, in addition to their day-to-day costs:
While boarding, farrier, vet and supplements are largely fixed costs, the sales-value of a given horse or pony will most significantly impact the lease price. A horse or pony with a solid, high-performance record in the show ring will cost more to lease than an older schoolmaster-type horse who will be less competitive.
In short, yes - you will need to be a member of Southlands Riding Club if you wish to participate in lessons with Tanya on your lease horse or pony. However, the Club offers a variety of membership options from one-day-a-week through full-privilege membership (ability to ride daily if you wish). For complete details, please contact the Riding Club.
Southlands Riding Club is a unique urban riding facility encompassing more than 16-acres and including a number of amenities including covered riding rings, a half-mile track, cross-country schooling area, Clubhouse with concession and more!