I'm set to get a new horse on Saturday, which I'm super excited for. He's an unbroke gelding, and so he'll be my first attempt in regards to training from the ground-up. My mom's fiance is a trainer, and therefore we'd planned to do everything together so he could show me the ropes - no problem there!
The problem arises between my (biological) dad and mom, who are currently going through a very nasty divorce. My step-dad is concerned that, should I end up hurt from working with the gelding (which is likely, and I'm aware of this fact), my legitimate dad will have all he needs to both sue my mother and/or him for allowing that to happen.
Seeing as I'm quite sure my father will refuse to sign any wavers for me (I'm 17, might I add), we're stuck between a rock and a hard place.
If the horse is in my name, does that remove the possibility that he could sue should I get injured? Is one parent enough to give consent towards working with the horse?
I'm really just looking for some ideas in order to allow me to work with the horse without having any issues come of it. I know my dad would sue should he be offered the chance.
All opinions are appreciated and if you need me to clarify anything please let me know!