WRR Leasing Policies  

Revised February 13, 2007


What Does it Mean to Lease a Horse at the Windy Ridge Ranch?

When you lease a schooling horse at WRR, you share that horse’s time outside of lessons and other WRR activities. As a lessee, you need to be aware of and plan around WRR’s use of the horse, as well as your co-lessee's use if you share a lease. However, if you come out to ride and WRR is using the horse, WRR may be willing to have you tack up another horse to substitute for the activity -- just ask. If your riding time is limited to a specific day and time each week, you can request that the horse not be used in WRR lessons at that time. The request should be made prior to the registration deadline for the upcoming session. WRR will try to accommodate your requests whenever possible. Whenever your leased horse is unavailable due to WRR activities or is unrideable (as determined by WRR), you may ride another horse. This does not apply to times when your co-lessee is riding your leased horse. In that case, if you want to ride at the same time, you must pay the practice riding fee to ride a different horse.


How Do I Know When My Lease Horse is Available?

WRR posts its upcoming activities in advance (in the office and on the website). If the only possible time for you to ride coincides with a WRR activity for which your leased horse is scheduled, you may contact Mark to see if he can use a different horse. If you can ride at another time that day, WRR asks that you do so. If a horse is going to be ridden more than 3.5 hours in one day (including your usage), please let WRR know so they may reduce their usage of the horse if possible. If your leased horse cannot be ridden (is sick or lame), and you need to ride another of our horses for an activitiy off the premises (overnighter, Sunday morning trail rides, WSCA show, etc.), please be sure to notify the substitute horse’s lessees so they do not make a trip out to the ranch only to find their horse is not here.


What Are Discounts for Lessees ?

Lessees receive discounts on group lessons. (Dressage class not eligible for lessee discounts).  See the WRR price list for current lessee lesson prices. For partial session registration and transfer of missed lessons to the next session, lessees incur only a $5 fee per missed lesson. Lessees incur a $5 fee to make-up a one hour class in a 1.5 hour class. There is a 5% discount on multiple leases for families (see price list).


What's the Difference Between a Full Lease and a Half Lease?

When you half lease, you share the horse’s available time with someone else.  If both half lessees ride at the same time, a practice riding or horse usage fee must be paid for the use of a second horse. Careful planning and good communication between half lessees is important. Both half-lessees may not ride at the same time for the purpose of the Drill Team or JETs unless one of the riders is willing to pay for the use of an additional horse at the non-lessee rates listed in the DT and JETs handbook.


What Should I Do if I'm Interested in Leasing?

Read the leasing information and related links to discover the positive and negative aspects of leasing as well as your responsibilities and liabilities as a lessee. Talk to other lessees about the advantages and disadvantages of leasing.  If you are still interested in leasing, let Mark know (in writing) that you want to be on the waiting list for leasing.  Include if you would like a full or half lease; type of horse (or specific horse) in which you are interested; type of riding you plan to do (dressage, drill team, games, trails); approximately when you’d be riding – what time and days of the week.  Children must have their parents sign this letter.


Are Horses Assigned to Peole on the Waiting List on a First Come, First Served Basis?

Those on the waiting list longest have priority.  However, horses and riders need to be matched carefully.  A horse that becomes available may not be suitable for the person who has been on our waiting list the longest.  For half share leases, we need to match the lessees to avoid conflicts in riding times and activities.


If My Leased Horse Can't Perform in One of My Favorite Riding Activities, Can I Ride a Different Horse?

Before you begin/renew leasing a WRR horse, you should compare its characteristics and limitations to your riding preferences/goals. To avoid overuse and hard feelings among lessees, do not plan to use other WRR horses when your leased horse is available. However, you may ride other WRR horses in WRR lessons (except jumping class) or at additional cost for other activities (discounted lessee price).  Some exceptions may apply for those full leasing young or older horses (to be listed in contract). Talk to Mark about any questions you may have about your horses's abilities.


What if My Co-Lessee Quits Leasing?
If a another suitable half share lessee has not been found by your lease renewal date you will need to switch to a full lease or switch to another horse which has a half lease available.  The exception to this if the horse is being withdrawn from the leasing program or half-leasing program.