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Storybook Stables has a limited number of horses available for lease (minimum 6 month term). Leasing provides a rider with access to the same horse for each lesson/ride without the commitment of ownership. A full lease includes exclusive use of the horse for lessons and practice rides. A half-lease includes exclusive use of the horse for lessons and ONE practice ride a week and the horse may still be used up to five rides/week in the riding school.
NOTE: A lease (or ownership) is required for riders who wish to show OFF property. A full lease is required for those that wish to show at Gold rated competitions as well as all shows OFF Island. Leases must be in place no less than 8 weeks before the first show to be attended. This ensures riders have access to 'their' horse to prepare in advance of any competition.
Annual Horse Fee:
A horse's lease fee is related to its skill level. A show quality horse will have an annual lease fee (generally ranges from $180 - $1800 for a half lease; $300 - $2400 for a full lease). Lease fees apply regardless of the term of the lease (whether you lease 6 months or a year for example). Board/lesson costs are monthly, for the term of the lease. Green and/or senior/non-show horses may have a low or no annual fee (just board/farrier costs).
FARM is responsible for: Routine costs including flu/rhino/tetanus vaccines, deworming, and dental (if required)
HALF LEASOR is responsible for: Half hoof trimming costs ($20); Grooming kit including show sheen, liniment and hoof oil, Bathing Kit, Tack Cleaning it, Braiding Kit (if showing); any fees/vaccines/tests/maintenance/supplements/farrier work that is required related to showing (ie shoes, Coggins tests, memberships etc); show tack (leasors must have own bridle, bit, stirrup leathers/stirrups, saddle pads [2-3], girth - saddles may be borrowed provided they are maintained (cleaned/oiled) by leasor. Leasor is reponsible for damage/loss of use if issue occurs while in their care. Summer sheets will be required for those showing.
FULL Leasing (akin to owning your own horse)
Full LEASOR is responsible for: Hoof trimming costs ($40) Grooming kit including show sheen, liniment and hoof oil; Bathing Kit; Tack Cleaning it; First Aid Kit; Braiding Kit (if showing), Stable wraps; Feed/water tubs (for travel), lead line/halter (for travel); any fees/vaccines/tests/maintenance/farrier work that is required related to showing (ie shoes, Coggins tests, memberships etc); show tack/equipment (leasors must have own bridle, bit, stirrup leathers/stirrups, saddle pads [1 show, 2 for home], wool coolers, girth. We would ask leasors to aquire their own saddle (we are happy to assist) - on occasion a particular horse may have a saddle associated with it that can be leased monthly ($30 + HST), provided the saddle is maintained (cleaned/oiled) by leasors. Leasor is reponsible for damage/loss of use if issue occurs while in their care. Summer sheets/scrims will be required for those showing. Rain sheets/winter rugs are the Leasors responsibility should they wish for the horse to be clipped (subject to approval).
NOTE: Show riders require a black 'Storybook Saddle' pad, a white fitted saddle pad (if showing hunters), summer sheet (with logo), polo shirt (with logo). Scrim sheet, other team clothing optional.