The majority of what you can do to protect both you and your horse all relates to having a detailed lease contract signed prior to the start of the lease. Here are a few components of a good lease contract that you may want to consider in direct relation to your question:
Q: I own and operate a boarding stable at which I’ve always allowed boarders to happily bring their children along, however, I’ve never allowed them to bring their dogs. But I’m now getting an increasing number of requests to change that rule!
I have two mares that bite on the bit when I am trying to take their bridles off and won't release the bit without a fight.
Q: I have the opportunity to reduce my monthly board payments by allowing my horse to be used in my barn’s lesson program. I love the idea, because I could really use the extra money, and my horse is generally extremely quiet and straightforward. However, I’m also a bit worried about the ‘what ifs.’ What if my horse is somehow injured in a lesson? Or what if someone falls off of him and gets hurt?
I have a 2 year old paint colt that I wanted to get trained this year. I have read that you shouldn't put a horse under the saddle until they're 3 because their knees aren't fully developed.
It’s no secret; if you do not get paid for your horse training, boarding, or professional services, you will not be in business for long.
People often spend a huge amount of money purchasing show horses. Some buy for investment purposes, while others merely for pleasure. Regardless of your reason for purchasing the show horse, the purchaser wants to ensure they get what they pay for. In order to protect your investment, several steps can be taken prior to the purchase of the show horse.
Q: I am preparing to lease out my 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding for the first time, and, while I know and trust the lessee, I’ve heard horror stories of leased horses coming back entirely unsound or unusable. Is there anything I can do to help protect myself and my horse from that scenario?
Q: I have a nice four-stall barn and outdoor ring at home where I’ve kept my two horses for years. Now, I’d love to make a little extra income by boarding an additional horse or two. Legally, is there anything I need to do before I take my first boarder?
The days of selling a horse with a handshake and cash on the barrel are long over. There is no such thing as a cheap horse, even if bought at a low price. If the horse doesn't work out, people understandably get disappointed, and some get angry.