Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay in an update, we've been pretty busy.
Since the school year has begun, the youth in the barn have not been coming out without parents. I don't anticipate they will be, at least until a school holiday or such. It has given me some time to make some updates to our board contracts, and at the end of the actual boarding contract is a request/waiver for barn owner supervising the child's activities.
We have some pretty tight contracts and waivers here at our farm, and always have. We had an attorney help us get our boarding contracts, waivers and other things written up and are confident in them. We just had not really anticipated problems with supervising other people's children, mainly because, for the most part, we have not offered/allowed it. I mean, except for lesson students who come here under our sole discretion to be supervised and guided.
I did speak with the child and parents about being a stickler for safety, as well as a few other points of "tension". I even took the time to describe in detail the accident I foresaw (and that this young lady had a luckily unharmed taste of). I guess I tend to be a pretty straightforward person... almost to the point of being blunt. I find that it works well in our business to establish rules and expectations up front, in order to kind of "nix" problems before they occur. However, it only helps in instances where a potential problem is foreseen. :/ And in some instances, such as this one, where there was no true expectation set, being blunt could be more of an insult than expectation setting, you know?
Thanks again! I will update when I sit down with ALL of our boarders with our updated contracts and let you know how it rolls!
Last edited by sillyhorses; 09-20-2011 at 12:35 PM.