Equine Lease Agreements: What You Need to Know

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Equine lease agreements are legal contracts. These contracts outline the terms and conditions of leasing a horse. Specifically, equine lease agreements state the rules and regulations that apply to the rental of a horse. Typically, both parties, the lessor and lessee, must sign the contract. If there are multiple lessees who would like to rent the horse at the same time, the contract will likely include provisions that dictate the schedule of how the lessees will use the horse, in addition to how any fees will apply. Here are some key things to consider when entering into an equine lease agreement: 

Key Considerations When Entering into an Equine Lease Agreement  

  • Duration of the lease: Similar to other lease agreements, the contract should include the start and end date of the lease, in addition to any provisions for extending or renewing the lease. 
  • Responsibilities of the lessee and lessor: The agreement should state who is responsible for feeding, grooming, and veterinary care, as well as any other horse-related expenses.  
  • Riding and training rights: The lease agreement should state what the lessee is allowed to do with the horse, such as competing, showing, or breeding, as well as general use and care.  
  • Insurance and liability: The lease agreement needs to include who is responsible for insuring the horse, and what happens in the event of an accident or injury. 
  • Termination and breach of contract: The agreement should state what happens if either party if the lessee is unable to fulfill their responsibilities under the lease or if the lessor or lessee breaches the contract or  
  • Dispute resolution: Most equine leasing agreements include a section that specifies how disputes will be resolved, whether through mediation or arbitration and which laws will govern the contract.  

Because lease agreements can include archaic as well as convoluting language, it is critical to have an equine attorney review your lease agreement before you sign it. Leases are legally binding documents and you will want to make sure that you are covering all the potential risks and protecting your rights. An equine attorney can not only draft and review an equine lease contract but also negotiate terms on your behalf. Overall, an equine attorney can provide expert legal guidance to help protect your interests and ensure that your contracts and related disputes are handled properly. 

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