An owners guide to loaning a horse
I recently made a guide for advice on renting/loaning a horse. It seems logical to now write a guide from an owner's perspective and offer useful tips and help. For the owner loaning a horse sounds very attractive. If for example you need to plan a trip to far-away places or you are off to university then it gives you the perfect opportunity to leave your horse behind. On the other hand you can feel heart broken that you are leaving it and worry if you are leaving it in the best hands.
1) Ask yourself the question; do you really want to do this? Leaving a close friend for a period of time can be a hard thing to do. If the answer is yes then you are ready to list your horse for loan. You must be totally clear and honest in your listing. What condition is it in? What sorts of stables are required? How much exercise does it get and what is its full medication list. If somebody gets in touch with you then ask questions and truly get to know the person and if they have the capabilities and knowledge to look after your horse.
2) The contract is like any others. Make sure all that needs to be known is written down in black and white on paper and signed. A lot can go wrong and if you and the loaner have not previously discussed and agreed on the issue then things can easily turn problematic.
3) A good technique is to insert into the agreement a clause that you can visit the horse whenever you feel like and anytime without prior knowledge of when such a visit will occur. Once the move is complete then I would advise doing a couple of surprise visits to check that your horse is in good condition and being cared for properly. This of course can give you a sense of peace.
4) You should always agree within the contract/agreement that it is your sole discretion that if you want your horse back then under any circumstances you can get them back. Again if a disagreement between you both turns nasty then you always have this clause to fall back on.
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