> Hi everybody,
> my insurance company wants me to put up some barn rules (small barn,
> 4 boarders and me) and except for NO SMOKING I am having a tough
> time coming up with some sensible rules. (I don't want to insult anybody
> either). I would appreciate any suggestions from the net.
> Thanks in advance Gisela
I live in Mass. and my barn doesn't exactly have rules posted (except
for "Clean Up After Your Horse" in the grooming bay), but it does, for
insurance purposes, have a two mandatory legal notices posted in
prominent locations. One is a notice that Riding is a risky activity
that may result in serious injury and even death and that people must
ride at thwir own risk. The other is an outline of emergency procedures
in case of a serious accident with phone numbers for an ambulance.
I'm sorry I don't recall the exact wording, but I believe both notices
are required by Mass. state law and not just by the insurance company.
The boarding contract has "rules" about keeping your equipment neatly
in its designated place, wearing a helmet at all times when mounted,
not handling or using equipment belonging to others without permission,
abiding by any scheduled pasture hours and riding ring hours, etc.
Also about who's responsible for what in terms of farrier, vet, hay
and grain, etc.. Lesson and board rates are clearly posted on the
bulletin board. It's a wonderful barn, exquisitely ordered and
organized without being rigid or restrictive. It's the ONLY place
I've ever been where I can (inadvertantly) leave a nice pair of
crochet-backed leather gloves in the grooming bay or a carrot that
I forgot to give my horse and have them both be there the next day
when I come back!