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    07-12-2010, 01:09 AM
Lame Lease Horse

This is my first post. I just wanted some suggestions in what to do or if someone had a similar experience.

The horse that I was leasing recently became lame. The vet came out multiple times did xrays, blocks, etc. and did not find anything particular. He thinks is may be an abscess. The horse continues to be lame and now my lease is over.

The horse is going to go back to its owners so that I do not have to continue to pay the lease fee. However I am still responsible for the vet bills, board, and shoes until it becomes sound at the owners barn. I am worried that the owners will do outrageous vet treatments and procedures as well as additional rehab treatments like water treadmill, etc. because I will be the one footing the bill. How will I know if the horse is really still lame or if they just say he is so that I still have to cover the bills. Maybe I am just being unrealistic though.

Thanks in advance!
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    07-12-2010, 01:12 AM
If you are still responsible for the vet bills, I would make sure you were the one choosing the vet and treatment options.
    07-12-2010, 01:37 AM
Green Broke
Remember you are the client of the vet. Make it clear to the vet that you both agree to use that you are the client, and all decisions need to be run through you. Only do what is required or recommended by your vet, if they do anything out of the you are not responsible.

Be nice to the owners and remain on good terms and in close contact. Perhaps draw up a new contract stating what you have to pay. Maybe include that when the vet deems this problem is completed or something, that you are not liable for any further costs that may arise in the future.
    07-12-2010, 03:09 AM
Was the lease terminated because of him being lame? If so, was that his owner's choice or yours?

If it was the owner's choice to terminate the lease, then I do not understand how you can be held responsible for paying for him still.

I agree with the above, make sure that you are dealing with the vet directly and that he/she knows the situation. Drawing up a new contract which outlines what exactly you will be paying for would be an excellent idea.
    07-12-2010, 05:48 AM
Yikes! Do you have your lease agreement in writing so that you are not responsible for the horse indefinitely? I'm scared the horse had a problem before and they leased him to you hoping to sucker you into taking on the responsibility!

I would have a huge problem paying for vet services for a horse that wasn't mine - especially if the lease is terminated! Unless it was an injury at your hands or in your care I wouldn't think you should have to be responsible!
    07-12-2010, 07:20 AM
If the lease was written that you are still responsible for bills until the horse is sound then why not keep the horse in your control until the horse is sound?

There has to be an end date on you being responsible though. Or else you could be paying for the rest of the horses life.
    07-12-2010, 08:34 AM
Green Broke
Also, consider what the cost of the horse would be. Generally if you pay the owner the cost of the horse then you shouldn't be responsible for anything. In my experience that is how it works in cases of permanent damage or long term problems. Its sort of replacing the horse with money. If its a "cheap" horse then it may well be cheaper covering the cost of the horse than multiple vet visits and corrective shoeing will cost. Get an estimate from the vet on what will need to be done.

I'm presuming your contract states that you have to pay for all injuries sustained in your care?

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