TIPS FOR LEASING A HORSE
Leasing a horse can be a great way to enjoy riding without having the responsibility of ownership. Here are some suggestions for making a lease period run smoothly for the horse, the horse owner and you - the lessee.
• Have a baseline physical examination of the horse performed by a veterinarian before entering into a lease arrangement to ensure that the horse is a fit. Include photographs to document physical condition.
• Create a lease folder to hold the examination report, photographs and the following paperwork:
1. A negative Coggins test report taken within 6 months.
2. A history of the horse's current immunization, dental care and deworming schedule.
3. The precise start/stop dates of the lease.
4. Authorizations identifying who can call for veterinary care: routine wellness care
and/or emergency treatment.
5. Financial responsibilities for veterinary care, farrier, training, board, etc.
6. Insurance responsibility during the lease: coverage type, premium payments,
reporting to the company, etc.
• Inform professionals involved in the horse's care (veterinarian, farrier, trainer, etc.) about the lease before it begins to avoid problems in service and billing.
• At the end of the lease period, photograph the horse to document physical condition upon return to the owner.