I leased out a horse previously and my contract was very specific..as in two pages long. I specified agreed upon riding times, showing process, what equipment was required for trailering, liability release, medical/injury responsibilities, terms of cancellation, including misuse/mistreatment of horse (in that case no funds would be returned). If horse was lame for more than two weeks the monthly rate would either be returned but if only lame a day or two the rate would be prorated. In my case I only charged 1/2 the board..I paid everything as I was in the same position..the horse needed to be ridden and I was at a job where my time at the barn was severely limited.
The girl, her mother and I had a few conversations when things weren't quite up to scratch (like the time she left failed to properly clean him up after a ride and left huge sweat marks on him, saddle, neck, face) but the issues were all relatively minor and were instantly corrected...her mother wasn't one to take excuses and neither was I.
When doing a contract don't skimp. Better to have it excessive and overly complete than find yourself in a problem due to an alleged verbal agreement or assumption of knowledge vice written word. Be paranoid....
Last edited by tlkng1; 11-01-2013 at 05:34 PM.