HORSE STABLING CONTRACT FOR OPERATORS
The safe custody, care and protection of the horse is a horse owner’s first priority. The stables must ensure that the facility do not present a danger to the horse and the horse owner. If the horse is injured in the stable or causes damage to the stable itself, to persons in the stable or to uninvolved third parties, a number of questions arise:
- Has the stable violated its duty of care?
- What is the obligation of the stable to perform?
- Who is liable for damage to the horse and the associated veterinary costs?
- Who is liable for damages caused by the horse in the stable?
- Who is liable for damage to persons caused by the horse?
- How can I terminate the contract? Are there any notice periods to be observed?
- Can exclusions or limitations of liability be effectively agreed?
- As the operator of the stables, may I call in a veterinarian or farrier without the knowledge of the horse owner and/or take the horse to a veterinary clinic?
The aforementioned questions can be discussed together in the course of a comprehensive and individual legal consultation and possible solutions can be identified. Ideally, stable operators should use contracts and/or general terms and conditions that are individually adapted to their needs and provide maximum protection against possible (tort) claims by customers.