What to do?
Although you can find horses or ponies for sale almost anywhere, finding the one most suitable for your rider is an entirely different matter. Cedarhill families have the benefit of our expertise and connections within the horse community to make this very important decision and investment. We will locate a mount that best suits your needs and fits your budget.
Lease or Buy?
Typically our riders move quickly through the lower levels; progressing from Cross Rails, to the 2’ and then the 2’6 in approximately three – four years. During this time it is best for their progression to be mounted on at least three different mounts, which makes leasing the most sense for most families.
I use the bike analogy; start with a tricycle, then a bike with training wheels, moving up to a three speed. These horses are invaluable in the training of our riders as steady, and predictable mounts, valued more for their disposition than for their athleticism.
Once riders are at or beyond the 2’6 level, they are ready for a kind horse with a great disposition also valued for their athletic ability. The price increases and varies greatly for these guys, based on this quality, and ability.
Riders typically will start out at the 3’ with their 3’6 horse and move up when ready, keeping this mount for the remainder of their junior career. For this reason, it makes more sense for most to finally make the purchase.
Approximate Monthly Maintenance Expenses
|Base Board Rate||$1000|
|Base lesson program||$280|
every 4 to 6 weeks
(can vary widely)
|Veterinary Care Typical
(may vary widely per horse)
|Dental Care Typical-
once or twice a year
|$15 to $20|
(twice/year at $100 ea.)
|$15 to $25|
|Major Medical Insurance
(may vary by horse)
|Life Insurance 3.75% value of horse per year (will vary widely by horse)|
|Totals (excluding insurance)||$1400 and up|
The price of your horse or pony will vary greatly depending on overall quality, level of experience and training, age and health. The more risks you, the buyer, are willing to take, the less expensive the animal will be. Fewer risks mean more expense. There are many factors involved in the purchase process.
Our years of experience will serve you well as we team up with you. It’s our job to help you navigate the decision-making process and help you sort through every detail of your choice, including what you can and should live with (as well as what you can’t and shouldn’t)!
If you’re not ready for full leasing or owning, another option is outside or inside half-leasing…
Share one of Cedarhill Farm’s lesson horses kept outside. Half-leasing entitles each student the use of this horse three days per week. Typically our riders take two lessons per week on their half leased mount and then hack (practice on the flat) on Sunday. The opportunity to lesson weekly and form a bond gives our rider a greater sense of confidence. This is most noted when our riders compete at shows. The commitment to half-leasing is more cost effective for those who show consistently, avoiding the day lease fee. It also is the easiest way to start; all horse related expenses are included in one fee.
With all the new horses coming in we have developed a new system to help our clarify our School Horse lease program. We will have two tiers of Outside Leases-which have a flat monthly fee. This fee includes everything- board, shoes, vet, lease fee, etc. The more competitive horses will be Tier One- with a monthly fee of $750 and the Tier Two horses (great for learning but less competitive) will be $500/month.
Tier One Equines include:
Tier Two Equines include our remaining . We will honor the prices that our riders are leasing these equines presently. This increase will take effect with all new leases.
Our more competitive Cedarhill mounts are kept in stalls. Half-leasing also entitles each student their use, three days per week, same as the outside kept mounts. However, the lease fee and expenses for these mounts; board, shoeing, vet, major medical insurance, supplements etc. are more, even when split.
For those not able to make the commitment to full or half leasing , we offer a day lease for off the farm events.
Inside Horse minimum lease fee $150/day
Tier One Outside minimum lease fee $100/day
Tier Two Outside minimum lease fee $75/day