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.

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