Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Lease for Love

In the market for a new four-legged partner? You may find your unicorn on our sister site, Sport Horse Nation. To help with the search, we’re going to feature a selection of current listings here on EN each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

At the lesson barn where my mom and I started eventing, the owner frequently gave students the opportunity to “lease a horse for love,” alleviating some of the feed and shavings bills on her end and giving a client the chance to experience semi-ownership with less pressure and financial commitment than a full on purchase. Not to mention the horse had a person to call their own for a while.

There are many reasons an owner may choose to lease out a horse: too many horses to ride and not enough time; owner is in school/working/having a baby/broke; rider has bigger ambitions than the horse does. Whatever the reason, the owner typically isn’t ready to sell but doesn’t want the horse to be a pasture ornament. So, you get a ride, the horse has a job, the owner is happy. It’s a win/win/win.

Here are three horses listed for a possible lease.

Riley. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Riley-Thoroughbred Prelim Mare, Sale or Lease

Super cute mover, scores always in the 30’s with a serious love for jumping. This girl has a heart of gold and eats up the cross country course. Would pack around a lower level rider but loves a bigger challenge. Would be great for a Young Rider, and has the potential to move up to Intermediate. Clips, loads and no vices. Prefers to live outside all the time. Ran but no injuries. Would consider a year lease. Located in Maryland.

Sparky. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

For Lease: Training Level Eventer

Rare leasing opportunity for a confidence-building and competitive eventer. Sparky is a 7 yr old, 16.1 h TB who recently made a confident move up to Training and has talent for more. 2016 Midsouth Eventing and Dressage Association Adult Year End Award Winner and was also on Area 8 Novice Adult Amateur Leaderboard. Suitable for Starter to CCI*.

He possesses lovely gaits, a scopey and careful jump and bravery to spare. He is fun and easy to ride and goes in a snaffle. Relaxed and quiet at home and away; in company or alone. Ships, clips, etc without issue. Was leased for summer; change in circumstances requires new lease home. Will consider sale to right home. Located in New York.

Palermo. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


Palermo 9yo 16.2h scopey Novice level eventer, schooling Prelim. He has also shown to Training level in dressage (schooling First Level), and jumped the meters at hunter/jumper shows (schooling 1.20).

He has a sense of humor and endures being dressed up by the barn kids! He prefers a quiet rider, and would love to have his own special person to bond with. Palermo is amateur friendly, but is not a beginner’s horse. He has also been used in our lesson program with our intermediate riders.

He is up to date with everything, and is great for the farrier and vet (although he’s rather frightened of needles!). Palermo is registered with the Oldenburg society (DE433339824908), USEF/USDF/USEA. Lease option may be considered.

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