Horse care agreement

Select support levelCompare
Recommended

Document overview

This horse care agreement records how a retired or injured horse or pony will be looked after on a long term basis by someone other than the owner.
Compliant
Compliant with the latest law
Document propertied
Document properties
  • Length:7 pages (750 words)
  • Available in:
    MsWordMicrosoft Word DOCXApple pagesApple PagesRTFRTF
watertight guarantee
Backed by our watertight guarantee

If the document isn’t right for your circumstances for any reason, just tell us and we’ll refund you in full immediately.

writing in plain english
Written in plain English

We avoid legal terminology unless necessary. Plain English makes our documents easy to understand, easy to edit and more likely to be accepted.

Notes
Guidance notes included

You don’t need legal knowledge to use our documents. We explain what to edit and how in the guidance notes included at the end of the document.

email
Support from our legal team

Email us with questions about editing your document. Use our Lawyer Assist service if you’d like our legal team to check your document will do as you intend.

Update
Up to date with the latest law

Our documents comply with the latest relevant law. Our lawyers regularly review how new law affects each document in our library.

About this horse care agreement

This agreement has been designed for situations in which a horse or pony is "retired" into the care of someone else. The horse may no longer be able to work owing to old age, or it might have suffered an injury, as a result of which it no longer can compete, but otherwise could be used for lighter work such as hacking or teaching, keeping another horse company or for breeding.

In this agreement, the owner loans the horse to the carer for agreed purposes. The carer assumes all responsibility for the care of the horse (by default also including all costs such as farriery and veterinary charges), but does not pay the owner for the loan itself. Although this is a loan agreement (letting the owner end the agreement and take back the horse when he wants), there is provision for the ownership to pass to the carer after a given period if the owner does not end the agreement before that date.  This provision allows the owner to become confident in the quality of care provided before abandoning the horse to the carer completely.

Disclaimers also include cover for situation when you are asked to ride a client’s horse on your land or anywhere else.

When to use this document

Typically, this agreement would be used when an owner no longer wants to keep a horse but doesn't want to have it put down. By loaning it for free to someone who can use it, the owner retains ownership but doesn't have to pay care costs, while the carer can enjoy the horse and put it to use, only having to pay for care (and not the horse itself).

This agreement could be put in place by either the owner or the carer. The owner benefits from establishing how the horse will be looked after and how it will be used, while the carer benefits from warranties (promises) about the condition and health of the horse.

Using a legal agreement might seem overly formal when giving a horse to someone else to look after. However, the reason to do so is to record the agreement so that neither party can later claim that it was somehow different. Without having the deal in writing, there may be confusion later on as to who agreed to pay vet bills, or to whom the horse actually belongs. Arguments can be time consuming, expensive and can cause worry.

There is no specific law relating to loaning your horse to someone else, so you are free to amend or add to the agreement as you want.

Agreement features and contents

  • Suitable for use by the carer or by the owner
  • The horse may be retired or semi-retired from professional work
  • The horse may be injured and unable to work in the same way

The contents include:

  • Agreed use;
  • Ownership, including transfer of ownership after a certain time;
  • Identification of the horse;
  • Owners warranties as to condition, vices etc;
  • Miscellaneous matters.
Sample horse care agreementFront cover

Choose the level of support you need

Document Only

Complete the document template yourself using our guidance notes
NZ$35.00
  • ok This document
  • okDetailed guidance notes explaining how to edit each paragraph
Most Popular

Lawyer Assist

Support from our legal team during and after editing
201 Reviews
NZ$184.00
  • ok This document
  • okDetailed guidance notes explaining how to edit each paragraph
  • okUnlimited email support - ask our legal team any question related to completing the document
  • ok
    Review of your edited document by our legal team including:
    • reporting on whether your changes comply with the law
    • answering your questions about how to word a new clause or achieve an outcome
    • checking that your use of defined terms is correct and consistent
    • correcting spelling mistakes
    • reformatting the document ready to sign
© 2000 - 2024 Net Lawman Limited.
All rights reserved