Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
As others have said, you can't fully protect yourself. However, given that most states have equine activity liability laws, your focus is to protect yourself from being accused of negligence, not the inherent risks of riding.
- You have a responsibility to understand the skill and experience of the rider and insure that the horse is a match. This is your decision to make, not the rider's.
- Do not say that your horse would never kick, bite, buck, etc. i.e. never imply future behavior even if your horse has never behaved that way in the past.
- If you are providing the tack, insure that the rider inspects the condition of the tack. If there is anything wrong with the tack, do not let the rider use it.
- Have the rider tack the horse, removing yourself from potential negligence (e.g. loose cinch, etc).
- Give a hardcopy of your state's equine activity liability law to the rider.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.