While Far View Horse Rescue horses are being rehabilitated and waiting for adoption, some are qualified to be available for lease. In the equine culture, the common structure of a horse lease arrangement usually involves a lessee paying for all horse care expenses, including feed, housing/boarding, medical, farrier (foot care), and any miscellaneous costs associated with maintaining a healthy horse. FVHR offers leasing options, defined below, that are less expensive and less comprehensive in responsibility for the lessee than the norm in most horse leasing situations. In addition, FVHR’s leasing structure includes some approval and management by Board Members to ensure safety and health of both animal and lessee.
FVHR’s objective in hosting leases is to create an environment that brings together a specific horse with a potential owner for a ‘trial run’ of experience that may result in horse adoption. A lease may also serve to simply be a temporary relational arrangement for the benefit of horse and lessee for a period of time, such as spring/summer/fall, when conditions are optimal for horse use and enjoyment.
Leasing programs are available at two facilities, one in Breckenridge and the other in Fairplay, CO. The leasing location may be determined based upon the residence of the horse selected for lease, unless the horse can be well maintained at either facility. Horses are available year-round in Fairplay, while the facility in Breckenridge operates during summer and fall months only.
Full-horse leases are defined below, and shared lease is another option, which involves a horse being shared between two lessees with arrangements made specifically between parties. The shared lease will be less costly and more limited in accessibility to the horse under lease.
Relative to leasing, Far View’s primary objective for each horse is to find for it a ‘forever home’ through adoption. Consequently, leasing takes second priority to adoption opportunities that arise for any horse. If a horse is under lease and a buyer or adoption becomes available, the lessee receives first right to refuse the opportunity to purchase/adopt the leased horse. If the lessee opts not to take the horse, then the leased horse is released for adoption under the terms decided between FVHR and the adopting person(s), including how soon the horse will be taken for adoption. At that point, the lessee will be offered the option to vacate the lease or opt for another Far View horse to be replaced under the terms of the existing lease, subject to any specific needs of the new horse. We want to make such transitions as smooth and pleasant as possible for all parties involved.
Leasing Terms and Cost
The housing, or boarding, expense for your leased horse is built into the cost of the lease, as are other expenses including hay, water, farrier (hoof care) and medical, with the exception of medical expenses incurred due to negligence or injury caused to the horse by the lessee, which will be paid by lessee, cost not to exceed value of the horse determined by FVHR and stated in lease. Insurance coverage and documentation is required for protection of all involved, as detailed below.
Breckenridge Equestrian Center (BEC) Summer/Fall Full Lease: The duration of this full lease involves one horse and one lessee for the term of June through September. The cost to the lessee is $400/month with daily care provided by lessee. Other expenses are covered by FVHR as defined above. The requirement of lessee to provide ‘daily care’ means all care and attention necessitated for healthy horse care and maintenance, including daily stall cleaning, water container fill/cleaning, horse turn-out or exercise, grooming, twice daily hay feeding, and any other tasks needed for your specific horse’s care. This lease will be provided on the grounds of Breckenridge Equestrian Center in Breckenridge, CO.
Far View Horse Rescue Ranch Full Lease: The duration of this full lease involves one horse and one lessee for a duration to be determined between lessee and FVHR. (month to month). The cost to the lessee is $200/month with daily care provided by lessee. The requirement of lessee to provide ‘daily care’ means all care and attention necessitated for healthy horse care and maintenance, including daily stall cleaning, water container fill/cleaning, horse turn-out or exercise, grooming, twice daily hay feeding, and any other tasks needed for your specific horse’s care. If daily care is not provided by the lessee, the cost is $300/month. This lease will be provided on the grounds of Far View Horse Rescue Ranch in Fairplay, CO.
Fostering Program – Off-site Horse Housing and Care
If you have space in your barn/property and have room in your heart to work with a rescued horse, please consider taking part in our fostering program. This program is designed for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of horse and horseperson while a horse is awaiting adoption into a ‘forever home’ placement.
We recommend that fostering be undertaken by experienced horsepersons, or interested people new to horses that invest in horsemanship training at FVHR under the guidance of Kimberly Kissmannn, Director of FVHR.
Your investment will prepare a horse to become available for adoption through kind, consistent care and handling.
If you would like to inquire about this avenue of horse rehabilitation, please contact FVHR for details and cost considerations.
Foster care participants receive first right to adopt their foster horse should another party become interested in adoption of the same horse.