Friday, March 30, 2012

question.

I have a friend who wants to come out and ride with me this weekend. She isn’t the most experienced rider in the world but she has ridden before. I’m still not sure if she wants to go down the road or just ride around the yard but I will obviously put her on Piney since he’s a babysitter of a horse. So question is, do I have her sign a liability release? I trust Piney more than I trust most people, but he is a horse, and he has hurt me before. Obviously I’d never ask my friend to load him into a trailer, so I’m not too worried about her getting in the same predicament I was in. But still, it is spring, and who knows he might be frisky and do something stupid. Unlikely, but stranger things have happened!

So  should I have a liability release waiver ready and have her sign it? I’ve signed them at about every barn I’ve ever set foot in, even barns that already have insurance against that sort of thing. My hubby said that it is covered in the homeowners insurance. Would having a stack of waivers in the barn and have everyone sign them when they ride be a good idea? I don’t want to think my friends would sue…but we do live in a world full of stupid lawsuits! Any light on this topic is greatly appreciated!

5 comments:

  1. It certainly can't hurt! I would have her sign...better safe than very sorry:)

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  2. Yes. Always. You just never, ever know what could happen and it's better to be covered.

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  3. Pretty much every barn I've been to in recent years requires anyone on the property to sign a waver. The only one that didn't wasn't what I'd call a reputable place and frankly I wouldn't cry a moment if someone sued their pants off. They are that good! Oh I could rant. But I won't. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, the answer is yes. :)

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  4. Thanks ladies, I printed off a big stack of liablity waivers. I figure I'll keep a binder in the barn and just have everyone who rides sign one.
    If it was me riding at a friends place and I got hurt, I'd take full responsibility for what happend. But sadly not everyone is like that. Thanks again for the input!

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  5. It can't hurt. I have also seen signs predominately posted at private barns stating "Ride at your own risk." and a cautionary note stating that riding can be dangerous, just like other sports. These might get you around the awkwardness of having your friend sign a waiver??? Of course, you have to make sure she reads them! :-)

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