Can I give lessons at my boarding barn?

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        12-04-2013, 07:34 PM
    Can I give lessons at my boarding barn?

    I'm not yet boarding, however, have a few questions about it!

    Is it okay to invite one-to-two people over to have lessons on your horse if you board at someone else's barn? Are you suppose to ask? What do most boarders think?

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        12-04-2013, 07:40 PM
    No, not okay. You need insurance, the property needs insurance and liability waivers have to be signed by the riders. The property owners would of course also need to know and approve. Not a matter of opinion but a matter of legal liability.
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        12-04-2013, 07:40 PM
    Originally Posted by bessie2    
    I'm not yet boarding, however, have a few questions about it!

    Is it okay to invite one-to-two people over to have lessons on your horse if you board at someone else's barn? Are you suppose to ask? What do most boarders think?

    Does the barn have an arena? What is your arena usage agreement?

    I would think that the biggest issue I could see from the perspective of a barn owner would be insurance - if someone you're teaching gets hurt they won't want to be on the hook for the fallout, if there is any. I'd want to check with them to ensure that they are OK with it your idea - either they may be ok with it with limitations, they could be OK with it so long as you sign a waiver of liability, or they could say no - ultimately, until you ask, what everyone says here won't mean much as it's going to be your BO's decision in the end.
        12-04-2013, 07:41 PM
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    Ask the barn owner. If you're just taking a friend out and teaching a few pointers on your horse, then no one will probably mind. If you're charging for lessons, then the barn owner may object. Some have rules about using trainers other than the ones they receive money for, so they may care.

    The only way to know is to tell the owner what you'd be doing (teaching your cousin for free, doing daily lessons, having multiple paying clients) and see what they have to say.
        12-04-2013, 07:50 PM
    This is what they include on their site:

    "Our services include quality hay fed twice daily, automatic/heated waterers , 50' round pen, over one acre of forest riding, 150' x 200' sand arena, secure tack room, poly-coat fencing, well maintained grounds and a wash rack....all starting at $225 per month! Additional board services are available. Just give us a call.


    *** FOREST RIDING: Enjoy over one acre of forest to ride, train or relax in. We have crafted trails and turns so that you can practice maneuvering, turning and communicating with your horse outside of an arena.

    *** ARENA RIDING: 150' x 200' of sand for sure footing. Barrels and poles are available as well as flat-work areas for training.

    *** ROUND PEN: Our 50' round pen is located in the trees, which gives you some nice shade.

    *** TACK ROOM: Secure room with a fridge available. Trailer parking is free.

    ***SHELTER: Either trees or loafing sheds. Prices vary."

    I will definitely call them to ask. And legally, if they say yes, how would insurance work?
        12-04-2013, 07:52 PM
    They need to have insurance that allows for things like lessons. You need to have your own insurance to cover you if your student gets hurt and decides to sue you. You have to buy the insurance plan, often with a monthly fee.

    Though if you're not legally an adult, I don't know that an insurance company would give you trainer's insurance.
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        12-04-2013, 08:00 PM
    Thank you for the information. And to give lessons, are you required to have insurance, or would a liability waiver be enough?
        12-04-2013, 08:06 PM
    A liability waiver does not stop someone from trying to sue you. It doesn't mean they would lose if they did either. While your friend might not want to sue, their parent might. They would also go after the property owner.

    Whether or not you're legally required to have insurance depends on where you live. You should be able to google the laws for your area. If you don't have insurance, someone sues you and wins, YOU have to pay up. Or your parents if you're underage.
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        12-04-2013, 08:17 PM
    All right, I understand. And if I am underage, therefore not able to get insurance, what would you suggest?

    I really appreciate all of your time, thank you again.
        12-04-2013, 08:22 PM
    Honestly, if you're a boarder in a boarding facility I recommend that you not try to give lessons. It's a lot of legal and financial risk that you'd be asking people to take on a very real, and very possible danger for not much gain.

    If you're trying to make money, offering chores or just getting some jobs like babysitting or pet sitting is better.
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