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Is this the right thing to do?
As most of you know, my gelding Palmer's a Standardbred ex sulky racer. Due to his old racing injury he can only handle light riding. My vet thinks this is do to arthritis, but we'd need x-rays to know for sure. I recently got another horse and having the two is really straining my wallet, however I love Palmer and won't even think of selling him or putting him down.
I volunteer at a youth ranch right down the road from where I board. They help troubled and disabled kids and are really great people. They're a 501c non-profit. They had a horrible year last year, and 2 of their horses died from old age, one was 32, and the other was 36. Unfortunatly they were the only horses they have that were sound enough and safe enough for the kids to ride/be led around on.
Well I rode Palmer over there the other day and everyone was completely in love with him. The owner's daughter (who co-owns the rescue, the owner's in her 70s now) mentioned as I was giving her 2 year old daughter a ride around with me that they needed a horse exactly like Palmer for the kids. It caught my attention and we got to talking.
We've been talking and they would like to lease out Palmer for the summer, maybe longer if it works out. They are willing to get his x-rays done, and I could come ride every day if I want. It would be a free lease, and they would pay all the vet/ferrier costs. They spoil the horses, the owner even owns a herbal health store that specialises in equine supplements, and he would be on an even better diet then what I feed him.
Do you think this would be a great place for him and the right decision?
Absolutly a wonderful idea. As long as he enjoys it there, and is well cared for, then I don't see how it could be a bad idea.
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I was thinking I should right up some kind of liability waver in case someone falls off him and gets hurt. I don't want to be liable for anything that happens while they are leasing him. What should I all include?
this sound like a win win solution for every one
hope it works out for you and your horse
Couldnt ask for a better deal and PALMER being a STB would love it they have such great willingness to them. and huge hearts. Its a win win situation Just make sure you have a contract in place. Free lease by no means means free from liability
You could also sell the horse to them for $1. That makes it legal. They are likely insured to the eyeballs if working with kids.
I think its great. I used to volunteer at a TRP and the horses do wonders for the kids. It would give you horse the chance to fulfill so many more lives. I say as long as you get the contracts straight it would be awesome.
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He will have a job that suits his special needs & help out kids, how cool is that! Also I wouldn't worry about liability issue, places like that usually have that all covered. That is such a unselfish thing you are doing for everyone!
That was the only thing I was concerned about, the whole insurance thing with the kids. I'm really not sure how that works, but I know when I ride over to help none of the kids are allowed to ride my horse, because it wouldn't be covered under their insurance.
Thanks guys! I think it would be great for him as well. He's a great horse for kids and will ride off alone with ANY level rider no matter how scared they are and won't spook at a single thing. He loves attetion and loves to ride, all he wants to do is go go go lol, I feel bad not using him. I also thought it would be neat if we could find someone to donate a cart, and maybe come teach kids how to drive. Palmer would probably love being harnessed again, and slow rides in a cart might be better for his leg then carrying a rider??? Also he would be perfect for kids to drive in local parades and promote the ranch!
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