Associated with these health problems are vaccines, coggins testing and health certificates. I think the stable should insist that all horses that arrive on its field be vaccinated against rabies, that they have a coggins test and a valid health certificate. A quarantine period of one to two weeks is also a good idea. These things provide protection to all horses in the barn and reduce the likelihood that the barn will be sued if someone`s horse is infected with one disease by another. These model forms are provided courtesy of The Bay Area Equestrian Network as an outline for following the formulation of your own documents relating to the use of horse real estate and boarding problems. Due to the differences of many local, urban, regional, regional and national laws, stableWise and BAEN advise you to seek professional legal advice before entering into a contract or agreement. A handshake deal, it`s wonderful, until it goes wrong. And even in written contracts, difficulties arise when the problem does not fall within the scope of the agreement. The more problems you expect in writing, the less room there will be for arguments.
If you are tempted to remove an item from your boarding agreement, take a close look at it to see if you are actually benefiting from its removal. For example, not requiring the health certificate might appeal to customers, but by horse owners proving that their horses are healthy when they arrive, reduce your risk. The last, and perhaps most important, element is the exemption from liability. The stable needs protection if the owner of the horse gets hurt while riding in the barn. However, many boarding agreements do not provide for an exemption from liability. These versions contain a language that varies from land to state, but should be included in each boarding contract. Release should also include a language required by the Equine Responsibility Act of your state, but should also clearly cover situations that go beyond the scope of those acts. The next section should contain a complete description of the horse that is boarding. Everything means everything and everything that can help identify the animal. Everything should be recorded.
Brands, special marks, size and colour are important. It`s a good idea to post an image to help you identify it. In fact, an image might be the only way for a person who doesn`t really know the horse to be able to tell two lizards with a flame and two white socks spread out. With regard to socks, it would be advisable to indicate in the description the feet that appear. The contract should also indicate who maintains insurance for the horse and who bears the risk of loss. If it is not defined in the treaty, then the different local laws will enter in case of violation of the horse or death. Relying on local laws could be costly either for the owner of the horse or for the operation of the stable. If you`re taking horses and you`re still sealing the agreement with a handshake, it may be time to consider a written agreement.
More and more teams are excluding legal contracts to protect themselves and maintain customer relationships smoothly. A good boarding contract can be long and cover several pages, as it describes many possible situations.