Protecting your rights within equine contracts
We can provide an equine legal service for horse riders, owner and equestrian businesses. Equine law (also known as horse law) is a special area of law which sees the health and welfare of horses as a priority.
Equine contracts are one aspect of equine law. There are a variety of different contracts and agreements we can assist you with.
For example, livery agreements, sale and purchase contracts, loan, training and syndicate agreements, liability disclaimers etc. We can help you to draft documents for all the relevant areas to ensure the protection of your horses.
Important things to consider:
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Contracts and agreements are best written so they’re legally binding and can provide you with evidence in the event that there was a dispute.
When buying a horse from a private seller it’s your responsibility to be aware of the risks and ensuring the horse is suitable for you before you buy. You should take a witness to your viewing and have the horse checked by your own vet
The Sales of Goods Act 1979 governs the purchase of a horse from a sealer or breeder which provides the buyer with more protection
How we can help
Our solicitors can provide advice and guidance on buying and selling horses. A handshake or verbal conversation is usually the process of sale and purchase. However, there are times where you’ll find that the horse you have bought is unsatisfactory and not fit for purpose. The seller may have misrepresented the characteristics of the horse and given false information regarding the horse.
As a result of no written contracts or proof of sale and purchase, it is difficult to prove what was agreed at the time of sale. In order to avoid disputes on the purchase, it is advised that a written contract is produced by both parties. Our equine solicitors can help you in drafting a bespoke legal agreement to detail the terms of your transaction.
Our equine solicitors can assist with loan and share agreements. Loaning a horse is allowing another person to use your horse for money. It’s a perfect situation for people who cannot afford a horse or don’t want the everyday responsibilities of caring for the horse. For a loan to be successful, both parties need to agree on their responsibilities. Also, they should plan for any eventualities, in particular, what will happen if the loan comes to an end unexpectedly.
We can help you draft and create a written agreement tailored to suit your circumstances and the needs of both parties. It helps reduce risk and protect the owner, loaner and the horse. It also ensures the terms are clear and each party is aware of their rights and responsibilities. The loan agreement may include details on veterinary care, feeding, stabling, exercise and permitted riders. Additionally, we advise you schedule appointments to check on your horse regularly, within reason, throughout the loan period.
Whether you’re a business offering livery services or a horse owner using livery our equestrian lawyers are here to help you. Only a small proportion of people have the facilities to keep their horse at home. The larger proportion use livery yards or stables.
We can assist with preparing bespoke documents for arrangements between the yard and horse owners. It’s important all parties agree on the terms of the livery arrangement before signing. The written agreement may include specific services, facilities, financials and special terms which have been agreed. For example, terms in relation to emergency veterinary treatments and responsibility for payment.
Allowing horse owners to graze their animals on your land is a great way of securing income. However, it’s advisable to take a formal approach to this arrangement so that you have rights and you can avoid disputes from arising. By not entering a formal agreement, landowners are risking potential tenancy claims from graziers.
There are different types of an agreement governing horse grazing arrangements which our specialist equestrian lawyers can advise you on in terms of what is most appropriate for you. We can help you formalise a written agreement to help you ensure you retain the control of your land.