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        11-24-2013, 10:39 PM
    Honestly this happens all the time where I'm at. I'm not saying you rent to just anyone. As a general rule it's trainers who will rent full facilities. These people are generally full time horse people and are taking advantage of nice facilities. It's a win win for both parties.

    The owner gets a seperate income
    The leasee gets nice facilities to train and work out of that might cost them huge $$$ to build on their own
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        11-25-2013, 12:05 AM
    I've been a part of this before. My boyfriend at the time parents had some horse property and we found a family with four horses that boarded on the property and did full care. We did have a contract and insurance.

    With a previous person we did have a horse go down, luckily I noticed something was wrong (since I'm a horse person). And we had protocols in place to call the vet and the owner as well. Though we never could get a hold of her and the horse had some sort of stroke or something and the vet decided there was no help for it and so put it down. We had discussed this kind of stuff with the owner before hand.
        11-25-2013, 12:32 AM
    Originally Posted by Bridgertrot    

    With a previous person we did have a horse go down, luckily I noticed something was wrong (since I'm a horse person). And we had protocols in place to call the vet and the owner as well. Though we never could get a hold of her and the horse had some sort of stroke or something and the vet decided there was no help for it and so put it down. We had discussed this kind of stuff with the owner before hand.
    this is all fine and good when somebody is around that knows horses, but if the property owner barely knows the difference between what end food goes in and what end food goes out, then there is definitely going to be a problem if a horse is in trouble and that person is the only one around at the time.
        11-25-2013, 01:18 AM
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    I think there is a huge difference between boarding and renting. People rent houses all the time and are not responsible for what goes on in them. I also know people who have rented a paddock and/or stables. When they rent they are fully responsible for it. They are responsible for the fencing, water, weeding and all property maintenance. Like a house you'll have an occupancy agreement of some sort with a bond and rent in advance. Then the stables and paddock just becomes like a neighbours property. You react in the same way you would to horses on the neighbours property.

    I wouldn't think you'd have any clause about horses or vets or anything as you're not in charge or supervising you're purely renting them a piece of land which they have to pay for whether they have horses on it or not. It shouldn't matter that you know nothing about horses because you'll have nothing to do with them.

    Whatever you do, make sure you get it down in writing. Make sure they know that you're only renting them that land, riding on your property is off limits and that you're not open to chucking their horse's hay while they're away. Have a clause like in the event of non-payment of rent for a period of two weeks any stock or belongings left on the land will be sold at public auction/surrendered to "authority" without notice. You don't want them bailing on you and leaving you with horses.
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        11-25-2013, 01:39 AM
    My conscience would not allow me to look out my window and see a sick or injured horse and not do anything about it. I could never be the landlord in a situation like rented stables. Even if I didn't know anything about horses, I couldn't let an animal suffer and not try to help in some way.
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        11-25-2013, 02:29 AM
    Just my two cents-- I recently moved from a barn with exactly that setup! Property owner knew nothing about horses, but leased the place out to a barn manager who hired a barn hand and they ran the place together. It works perfectly fine as long as you're willing to maintain the property (eg. If a fence needs to be fixed).
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        11-27-2013, 05:05 PM
    Thank you very much for the responses. They have been very helpful!
        11-27-2013, 07:42 PM
    Slipped my mind. We rented a barn and one pasture from a farmer. He'd retired from dairy farming so we closed off one end of the barn, made stalls and could use the pasture. He seemed to enjoy having us there and would often visit.
        11-27-2013, 10:41 PM
    IMO the best thing to do is not to lease out to individuals but to ONE individual, like a trainer, who will come with horses and people. Then you draw up a contract with that trainer and can be hands off. Make sure you get a lawyer involved.
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        11-28-2013, 12:27 AM
    Green Broke
    The barn owner of my stable has zero to do with the horses on the property (except for a few mares he has at the back of the property). He maintains the property, cuts hay, interacts with the boarders on occasion, and fulfills small requests that boarders may make (he built us a mounting block, fixes gates, waters the arena sometimes, etc).

    Boarders pay a fee to the barn owner for boarding/hay, and a fee to the barn manager for horse care, feed, etc. She does all of the work with the horses, and with the exception of his few mares he never touches them. If a horse was in obvious distress he would definitely call out the vet, but that's about it. I wouldn't count on him being able to identify any distress short of a horse thrashing in a stall.

    It's doable, but if you're going to be on the property then I would be willing to accept the fact that you must learn a little about horses and be willing to at a minimum call the emergency vet and owner out if necessary. As far as non-emergency interactions go, you can avoid them. I can't give any advice about the legal of side of things other than to get everything in writing and signed.

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