04-23-2009, 10:49 AM
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Liability Release and Hold Harmless
I handle it like Skippy. Here at our farm we only provide complete boarding services, no lessons or training.
If anyone comes to our farm they must sign a Liability Release and a Hold Harmless Agreeement. We also require children, under the age of 16, to wear protective headgear and appropriate footwear, in addition to being accompanied by a responsible adult at all times, when entering beyond the main gate into a designated "horse area". Our agreements not only cover equine activities but leisure activities as well for accidents, injuries or death resulting from. It also specifically states we are not responsible for vehicles, trailers or equipment on our property. Our Boarders are responsible for their family members, guests and visitors education and behavior.
I am sure I am not the only BO who has cringed at what I have occasionally seen going on at our farm in the past. This is the best -once, I had a boarder's mom come out in red high heel shoes and kind of a red (looked like a negligee outfit to me) thing and try to bring her daughter's horse in from one of the pastures where he was with a dozen other horses. She had no idea what she was doing and it was a miracle she or any of the horses did not get injured as they amassed themselves at the gate negotiating for their spot to pass through. She finally did give up. After numerous other spine-chilling incidents (not quite as exciting or amusing as that one) now, however, I am quite strict. At the main gate is a sign that states "It is our intention to create a safe and fun environment here at *** farm. By passing through this gate, you acknowledge the inherent and serious dangers related to Equine activities. You have signed the required documents and agree to abide by all the rules, exercise good horsemanship, common sense and always work in a safe manner to protect yourself, your horse, other people and animals around you and the equine environment. HAVE FUN AND RIDE."
Somedays I simply yearn for the times when all we had were 2 little signs - "Tackroom" and "Restroom".