I'm curious, is this legal?

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    06-08-2013, 05:05 PM
I'm curious, is this legal?

I have been calling local barns inquiring about boarding my new horse to see what other facilities has to offer. I was shocked after talking to a worker from one particular barn that has a high boarding fee to hear that in top of the boarding fee you are required to pay for and take at least 1 riding lesson a week regardless of your riding experience plus you are not allowed to come ride, visit or be on the property except for your lesson. This was a red flag to me. Has anyone heard of a boarding facility that does that? Is that even legal to not allow you to see your own horse whenever you want? I'm just curious what others have to say about this.
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    06-08-2013, 05:15 PM
I hear of a few barns requiring you to take lessons, but never to not come out and see your horse between those times....what kind of crackpots is the HorseForum community talking to?!?!
These BOs are mental. Definitely go look somewhere else.
    06-08-2013, 05:36 PM
I think it's probably perfectly legal. It's their property. They can make whatever rules they want. If you sign the contract, you have to follow their psychotic rules.

Walk away. Even better, RUN!
    06-08-2013, 05:57 PM
Hmm, I wonder how much extra money they pull in by using horses owned by others for lessons.
    06-08-2013, 06:14 PM
Name of this barn & location? I can't believe this and I think you must've misunderstood, sounds too goofy to be true!
    06-08-2013, 06:34 PM
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Those are some absurd rules! - No, I've never heard of such a thing, nor would I ever consider boarding my horse under those conditions. In the 6 weeks my first horse was boarded while we built the barn/fencing, I rode/groomed/visited my horse every single day for as long as I wished :)
    06-08-2013, 11:30 PM
That's insane. Definitely do not board at this place.
    06-08-2013, 11:38 PM
Sounds like a trick question, lol. Sad thing is- its perfectly legal if you sign a contract agreeing to those terms- its your horse but their property and they can say who is alowed on it and when.
    06-09-2013, 01:37 AM
I've been trying very hard to think of a 'reasonable explanation' for something like that but absolutely none come to mind... I mean I do get the lessons bit, especially if it's a show barn, but not coming to visit your horse between lessons? Nope. Don't do it, run run run away.
    06-09-2013, 11:10 AM
Yes, it's legal. No, it's not normal and raises a whole flock of red flags.
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