I own a 7 year old registered RPSI mare that I bought for my 12 year old daughter two years ago. As a 5 year old the mare was jumping 4ft easily (during turn out one day she actually jumped a 4’ fence from one paddock to another, presumably because the grass looked greener?), but also had FEI potential as a dressage horse as she is incredibly balanced and had a great ‘sit’, all with a temperament suitable for a 12 year old child. In short, she could do it all.
Unfortunately, the mare tore her deep flexor high up on her left hock and despite all the modern therapies, it healed with some scar tissue that has rendered her permanently lame. Normally, I would just turn her out to retirement, but she was incredibly talented with a sweet temperament so I think she might have promise as a broodmare. She was a gold star filly at the 2009 RPSI inspection, and was trained as an eventer, qualifying for the USEA 5 year old championships (we bought her right before then, so she never competed). However, I am no breeder and do not want to become one, although I would be first in line to buy one of her foals when it’s about 4 years old.
I am willing to offer her to a reputable breeder on a free broodmare lease, but I am concerned about ensuring she will be well treated and cared for, and would actually prefer a longer-term situation. Does anyone have any suggestions how best to go about finding a good home for my mare? Does anyone have any sample form of a lease for this situation to protect myself and my mare? What are the normal terms for such a lease? Is this even a realistic expectation?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.