Storytime: I have been keeping my horse on someone elses property for the last couple months, and everything has been working out great. The property owner is very easygoing, and there is only one other boarder (a 20-something old gelding living out his retirement). We have never had a written contract, although it was something I proposed when we first met.
Recently, the owner had a bunch of horses moved into her field. They were only supposed to be there for a couple days while some construction happened, but somehow they are still here a month later. The owner then found out that only 2 are owned by the girl who moved them all (5 total), 3 were being boarded there. The owner is getting really upset because she hasn't been paid fully for the 3, and can't get in touch with the owner, while the 2 have been paid up for (finally) and are supposedly being moved out this week. Supposedly the owner of 3 had paid up for her board and it was a surprise to her that they had been moved off the property.
I don't know the whole story, there are at least 3 different sides to it I'm sure, and it's not my business.
Moral of the story is, get it in writing. In light of the whole thing, I have now written up a board agreement for both of us to sign. It is very basic, covering what I will pay for board, and that I will pay for vet, farrier and extra feed, and in exchange I will receive adequate care for my horse while on the property. It also covers that I am exchanging work for board. I have also added stipulations about moving the horse (30 days notice for me to leave, 30 days for her to notify me if the horse is being moved off the property).
I know there are more things I could add, for liability and insurance. Should I include a picture of my horse, or one of those diagrams where you colour in their markings?
Does anyone have any contracts they would like to share?