If you’re not sure you’re ready to dive into ownership, you can lease a horse at Swingin’ D Horse Rescue. Owning a horse is a huge responsibility and expense, so it’s best to be 100 percent sure before you buy. Check out our horses and see which one you can imagine owning.
When you lease a horse at Swingin’ D, you get to act as though the horse is your own. The horse boards with us at our ranch in Coweta. We feed it and provide daily care, and you get to ride and work with it as often as you’d like. You can reserve time in our round pen or rent our trailer to haul to contests or trails.
Perfect for First-Time Horse Owners
If you’re a first-time buyer, we recommend you lease a horse for a few months. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of having your own horse; but you need to think about everything you have to buy to maintain and use your horse.
Tack and grooming supplies
Halters, lead ropes, bridles, brushes, soaps and ointments, blankets,… the list goes on and on. Plan on spending about $500 just to be able to work and ride your horse.
When we adopt out a horse, we’ve evaluated and tuned it up; but we’re not you. We highly recommend first-time owners spend at least a week with a professional trainer and your new horse. We know how your horse acts around us, but we can’t say how it will adapt to you. Plan to spend $200-$800 for a good trainer. (We recommend you ask for videos and references from prospective trainers.)
If you’re adopting a horse for a child, we recommend at least a month of training lessons with the horse and child. Even a horse that’s billed as “kid-broke” or “babysitter” needs training. If your child isn’t experienced with horses, never let him/her out of your sight until they’ve had professional training.
You’ve already spent a minimum of $500 to suit up your horse for the first ride. Now it’s time to suit yourself. At least for your first ride, we recommend a helmet. We wear steel-toed boots when we’re handling horses, because you never know when they’re going to take a wrong step. Some riders use crops or spurs, chaps or riding breeches. Once again, you’re looking at hundreds of dollars – just to get started.
Plan to spend at least $1,000 per year to feed your horse. Not only do they require forage and fiber (grass and hay), they also require grain and supplements. That’s another minimum of $83 a month.
Swingin’ D’s boarding packages start at $300 a month, and we’re comparatively cheap! Plan to spend more, the closer you get to Tulsa and the more the facility has to offer.
If you plan to keep your horse on your own property, you have to think about barn repairs; shoring up fences; planting, fertilizing and mowing grass; spraying for weeds. You’ll save a lot of money on board, but you’ll still be paying up to $1,000 for maintenance.
Farrier and Vet
Horses’ hooves have to be trimmed a minimum of once every eight weeks. That’s a minimum of $35 for bare feet and $75-100 for shoes. Veterinary care averages about $450 to $500 per year.
If you own a trailer, you have to pay to maintain it. If you pay a hauler, you’re looking at a significant expense. Haulers charge between $1.50 ad $2.00 per mile, often with a minimum.
Avoid the Cost of Ownership with a Lease
When you lease a horse, you can avoid the above costs until you decide whether ownership is right for you. Just pay $300 a month for the horse of your choice, and act like the horse is yours until the lease is up! We also offer extras on an as-needed basis.