How much exercise the horse gets and with whom are important subjects. Exit and exit often seem to become a problem. The times at which the horse is bent can be indicated easily. It is more difficult to determine with which other horses. Sometimes horses remind me of children in a playground: there are bullies, weak ones, buddies, enemies and cliques, and the trick is to connect them to one another so that everyone stays safe. The owner of the horse must provide a complete description of the horse`s personality and relationship with other horses. It is important to listen to the owner, take all the information gathered and develop a viable plan. Then the owner of the stable must observe the horses during their first time together to see what happens. The last element, and perhaps the most important, is the exemption from liability. The stable needs protection if the owner of the horse is injured while riding in the barn. However, many boarding agreements do not include an exemption from liability. These versions contain a language that varies from state to state, but should be included in any boarding contract.
Downgrading should also include a language required by your state`s equine liability law, but also cover situations that occur outside the scope of those laws. Clearly indicate the amount of notice to terminate the contract and increase the fee. Most people don`t like surprises in these areas. The problem leads to the establishment of stable rules. Breeding and boarding rules must be established and horse owners must be warned of the consequences of refusing to comply with the rules (see „And You Thought It Was All ABout Horses“ July/August 2000). Some rules to follow include visiting hours, the need for protective helmets and where horses should be glued. Indicate where the horse owner can keep equipment for the horse and who is responsible for conservation. One thing the stable owner needs to remember is that no matter how much he or she knows the horses better than an owner, it is always the owner`s horse and it is ultimately the owner who determines the proper care. Some stables get into trouble with horse owners because the barn decides what is in the best interest of the horse and without settling it with the owner. If the stable ignores the owner and decides that Lee Roy Brown (the tallest, meanest horse in town, according to its owner) is safe at Terminator (whose owner says his horse is properly designated), he could not only lose two escar boarders, but also face a complaint for the damage both horses are doing.
If you get on the horses and still make the deal with a handshake, it may be time to consider a written agreement. More and more stables are creating legal contracts to protect themselves and streamline relationships with customers. A good boarding contract can be long and multi-page, as it describes many possible situations. At least your boarding contract should cover several fundamental issues. Veterinary and health care is another important issue that should be described in detail in the Treaty. Who will be responsible for the selection and call of the farrier is a simple question that is often ignored. Many stables have a favorite farrier. In this situation, who will be responsible for the invoices? Does the barn pay and allow the owner to reimburse the farm, or does the owner pay the farrier directly? Deworming and vaccination of horses should be carried out simultaneously.
The stable, which can vaccinate and deworm its horses itself, knows that the right preventive treatment remains up to date. Ownership should be guaranteed. It is important that the contract contains a guarantee that the customer actually owns the horse. . . .