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horse share

Postby redkitten » Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:56 am

does anyone have any advice for me on horse shares? i'm looking to share a 16 yo mare for 2 days a week with her owner. is there anything you think i should know?
i have never owned, loaned or shared before so please point out the obvious.

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Re: horse share

Postby hessy » Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi,

The BHS does some leaflets on buying and loaning etc. here is a leaflet which covers loaning and theres a small section on sharing. I think though that you should generally treat sharing the same as a loan and get a written agreement drawn up as to exactly what you will be allowed to do etc. to minimise any confusion.

http://www.bhs.org.uk/Horse_Care/Horse_ ... 0Pony.ashx

heres a sample loan agreement - you can alter it to suit

http://www.bhs.org.uk/Horse_Care/Horse_ ... ement.ashx

This might also be useful to read:
http://www.bhs.org.uk/Horse_Care/Horse_ ... 0Pony.ashx

If those links dont work (they are pdf documents) this is the link where i got them from and theres others you can look at too.
http://www.bhs.org.uk/Horse_Care/Horse_ ... nload.aspx

you can also request a first horse owners pack http://www.bhs.org.uk/Horse_Care/Horse_ ... tions.aspx

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Re: horse share

Postby redkitten » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:04 am

wow thanks. lots of information. i'll read that before i shake hands on anything. thankyou.

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Re: horse share

Postby dominochase » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:32 am

I'd recommend making sure that both you and the owner are clear about what you want and what is expected of you. I had several sharers with my horse and, as he was quite difficult, never found the perfect match and stopped sharing entirely.

Make sure the owner is completely honest about how the horse is in different situations before you enter into an agreement and find out whether you are covered by their insurance, and get your own! BHS Gold membership comes with good insurance.

Find out how much you will be expected to contribute in money and time! Who is responsible for tack cleaning and who is paying for the horse to be shod?!

Sharing can be brilliant but you have to get it right from the beginning!
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Re: horse share

Postby Soraya_H&R_AssistEd » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:47 am

I share a horse at the moment and, although it pays to be wary, it can be a great arrangement! You can share transport and preparation for shows, share costs (if that's what you have agreed to) and ride with all the fun, but without all the responsibility of full-time horse ownership.

The main things I would recommend looking into would be insurance, what you are expected to pay for on a monthly basis, what happens if you can't make a day (is there someone else at the yard you could pay to do this, or could you swap days with the owner?) and, most importantly, is the horse suited correctly to you?

I used to have a sharer on my horse who seemed brilliant when she came to try him. She then started hacking him out and found he was a bit spooky for her. She didn't come and tell me this, instead she continued riding him terrified until one day she came back to the yard after failing to even get him out of the end of the drive. In the process she had taught him a new trick, how to spin on the spot rather than walk forwards. It would have been better if she had told me the issues she was having with him in the first place so we could have worked on them, as it was she just gradually rode him less and less. I didn't find out why until much later on. As a result I think good communication with the owner is key to sharing arrangements.

Have fun sharing, it's a great introduction into loaning and owning a horse too!
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Re: horse share

Postby redkitten » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:57 pm

i've been on my share a little while now, the owner pays for everything, i pay a monthly contribution and my own insurance, regardless of wether i can go or not a nice clear contract for both of us. in return i ride out in excellent company over beautiful country on a little mare with more sense than i have. i'm gaining confidence and experience and some fantastic stories (like getting stuck between a barn and a transit van, the pony knew it was a bad idea, why didn't i listen?)

does anyone have advice on the insurance side specifically?


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