10th April 2010, 11:59 PM
Pleeeeease has anybody got one? I know people have offered before but can't remember who :p
11th April 2010, 12:41 AM
The BHS have full sample contracts that you can download from their website.
Maguire's owner is a solicitor and she just got me to sign a short statement saying that I accepted the risks of working with the horses and that I had stated to her I believed myself competent to do so. (she put it in legalese) I really don't think that much more than that is needed. When it comes down to all the 4 weeks notice and the tiny ins and outs, then no-one is ever going to go to court over that. Litigation/compensation is her speciality so my opinion is that if she was happy with that, then that was all that was needed. I would just write down all that you want done/what you don't want done and have both of you sign it. Make sure she has riders and third party insurance.
11th April 2010, 12:44 AM
Here is a basic BHS one. Presuming is OK to paste here as it is a free public domain document. Its for full loan but sure you could adapt it.
Sample Loan Agreement
The sample loan agreement below is a GUIDE only to the type of agreement that may
be made between the owner of a horse and the person agreeing to take it on loan.
When amended and completed with your own particulars and signed by both parties it
will form a legally binding agreement. However, if you are lending out a valuable horse
and/or if the person to whom you are lending it is unknown to you, you are strongly
advised to take up references and to ask your legal adviser to check the completed
Plain text should be included; bold italics shows where amendments are needed; italics
only are sample clauses you may wish to include.
This agreement is made on the (Insert DATE) between the parties (Insert Owner's
Name & Address) (hereafter referred to as the OWNER) and (Insert Borrower's
Name and Address) (hereafter referred to as the BORROWER) for the loan of (insert
description and name of horse - e.g. 16.2 hand high bay gelding aged 15 years
approx. with white blaze and white sock, off hind, known as Tumbledown - also
identified in the diagram/photograph attached) (hereafter referred to as the HORSE.)
The HORSE is to be used as (a companion/riding horse/child's pony as
appropriate) and not for hire or reward.
(1) The loan period will start on (Insert DATE) and continue for a period of 12 months
until (Insert DATE) when the loan agreement may be:
1.1) Extended for a period of time to be agreed between the parties or
1.2) The HORSE is to be returned to the OWNER. (Delete or amend if
(2) The Loan may be terminated on or before this date if:
2.1) The BORROWER no longer wishes to loan the HORSE. The
BORROWER will inform the OWNER in writing, no less than 30 days
before the HORSE (and all associated equipment as detailed in Section
12) will be returned in a good condition to the OWNER.
2.2) The OWNER believes the HORSE is not being treated or looked
after in the correct manner. The OWNER may at his own discretion give
the BORROWER a specific period of time during which the BORROWER
must rectify any reasonable issues that the OWNER may have. The
OWNER hereby reserves the right to remove the HORSE at his own
expense from the BORROWER with no notice whatsoever.
(3) The HORSE is to be kept at (insert livery yard/farm/borrower's premises as
applicable) unless it is agreed by the OWNER in writing that the HORSE may be
moved to alternate accommodation.
(4) It is understood by the BORROWER that the HORSE (insert conditions of care -
for example - must be stabled in the winter at night, requires restricted grazing in the
summer, requires his hay soaked or anything similar)
(5) The BORROWER will allow the OWNER access to the HORSE at the address
specified in (3) at any reasonable time in order that OWNER may check that the horse
is in good health.
(6) It is understood by the LOANER that the HORSE….. (examples - insert own
particulars as applicable)
- must be turned out with at least one other horse/pony
- has Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) which must be managed
- is allergic to penicillin,
- becomes excitable if galloped in company - particularly out hunting,
- can be difficult in traffic i.e. large or noisy lorries, buses and other
(or anything else the BORROWER needs to know to safeguard both the
horse's health and well-being and his own.)
(7) The BORROWER is responsible for ensuring prompt and required veterinary
treatment by a registered and qualified veterinarian which includes routine and timely
vaccinations for flu and tetanus (& anything else your horse is vaccinated against) for
the HORSE at all times and the liability for payment of the aforesaid veterinary
treatment lies solely with the BORROWER. The BORROWER will notify the OWNER if
the horse suffers any serious illness or injury and will notify the owner in advance if
possible of any requirement for the HORSE to have surgery or general anaesthetic.
(8) It is understood by the BORROWER that he is responsible for ensuring that the
HORSE is fully insured for veterinary treatment, third party liability, travelling, saddlery
and tack, etc at all times for its full value and the liability for payment of the aforesaid
insurance lies solely with the BORROWER. If the BORROWER fails to insure the
HORSE and its effects the BORROWER assumes full liability for any loss or damage,
including 3rd party legal liability. (The OWNER may have to arrange the insurance and
reclaim the premium from the BORROWER, consult your insurer.)
(9) It is understood by the BORROWER that he is responsible for ensuring that the
HORSE is suitably shod at all times and the liability for payment of the aforesaid
shoeing lies solely with the BORROWER.
(10) It is understood by the BORROWER that at NO TIME is he the registered
OWNER of the HORSE and under no circumstances whatsoever is he permitted to
Loan, Lease or Sell the HORSE to any third parties.
(11) The horse is not permitted to take part in any of the below mentioned activities
under any circumstances whatsoever: (add or delete as required)
11.4) Any other activities of any kind not covered under the INSURANCE
11.5) (Or anything you don't want the horse to do - ensure they are listed)
11.6) (If a mare or stallion, you will want to add details about breeding
(12) The following pieces of equipment will be supplied by the OWNER to the
BORROWER and it is understood and agreed by the BORROWER that all items are in
good working order and free from any defects not specified below. The BORROWER
agrees that at the time of termination of the contract, all the equipment listed below will
be returned to the OWNER in good working order.
12.1) Saddle (state make, size, colour, condition, approx. value and any
12.2) Bridle (state make, size, bit, colour, condition, approx. value and
any security marks)
12.3) Rugs (State quantity, size, type, colour, repairs etc)
12.4) (Anything else that you give with the horse but MUST be listed.)
(13) It is understood by the BORROWER that horse care and riding carry their own
inherent risks and at no time can the OWNER of the horse be held responsible for
anything at any time (except as detailed below.)
For example (add/delete as appropriate)
13.1) If the BORROWER is going on holiday and the owner has agreed
to look after the horse
13.2) If you have agreed to go 50/50 on vaccinations/shoeing
13.3) If the horse damages his rugs in the field (as rugs are often not
covered under saddlery and tack insurance)
(14) The OWNER agrees that if a VETERINARY SURGEON advises IMMEDIATE
euthanasia of the HORSE to prevent further suffering in the case of severe
injury, and the OWNER cannot quickly be contacted, the BORROWER may
give permission to the VETERINARY SURGEON on the OWNER'S behalf.
……………………………………............................... ..... ..... (THE OWNER'S NAME
.................................................. .................................................( Witness's name &
……………………………………............................... ..... ......(THE BORROWER'S NAME
……………………………………............................... ..... .....(Witness's name & address
If you want to have witnesses to the agreement then there should be two. One should
be known to either party. They should witness the signature and their addresses
should be included. The OWNER and the BORROWER should each retain a signed
copy of the agreement.
11th April 2010, 12:57 AM
Thanks guys. I've spoken to her about insurance so she's going to sort that out and I told her I would arrange a basic contract. That's a big help x
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