Each new boarder is given two copies of this contract–one to keep and one to fill out and give back to me. I have shamelessly stolen most of the wording used in this contract from a fellow boarding stable–they had such an incredibly eloquent way of writing out the contract, I couldn’t resist. (I will say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.)
Firefly Farm LLC
3180 Hagadorn Road
Mason, MI 48854
UNDER THE MICHIGAN EQUINE ACTIVITY LIABILITY ACT, AN EQUINE PROFESSIONAL IS
NOT LIABLE FOR AN INJURY TO OR THE DEATH OF A PARTICIPANT IN AN EQUINE
ACTIVITY RESULTING FROM AN INHERENT RISK OF THE EQUINE ACTIVITY.
This Equine Boarding Contract (the “Contract”) is being entered into by Firefly Farm LLC
and _______________________, the Owner/Boarder of the Horse (“Owner”), on this day of this month of 20 .
1. Fees and Terms. The term of this agreement shall be for months
commencing on the date set forth above, and shall renew automatically for successive
periods thereafter unless canceled in writing 30 days in advance. The owner
acknowledges and accepts the terms set forth in the rate schedule applicable on the
date above as issued by Firefly Farm, whether said rates be daily, weekly or monthly.
Payment shall be issued in accordance with that rate schedule on a timely basis. Any
charges not paid in a timely manner shall be subject to finance charges set forth in the
rate schedule. In the event the subject animal is removed from the premises for any
reason and returned a period of fourteen (14) days or longer, this agreement shall be
deemed reinstated at rates applicable at the time of said return. Stable reserves the
right to notify Owner within fifteen (15) days of the horse’s arrival if the horse, in
Stable’s opinion is deemed to be dangerous or undesirable for Stable’s establishment.
In such case, Owner shall be solely responsible for removing the horse within seven (7)
days of said notice and for all fees incurred during the horse’s presence upon the
premises. This Contract shall be deemed terminated and concluded upon payment of
The boarding fee is due upon the first of the preceding month. In the event said
payment is overdue by five (5) days, a twenty dollar ($20) late fee will be added along
with five dollars ($5) per day for each additional day that payment is late. Late fees are
due immediately upon receipt of late payment and will continue to accrue if not paid.
In the event said payment is overdue by ten (10) days, Stable shall be entitled to exert a
lien against said horse, and all of Owner’s property upon the premises as more further
described below, for any amounts due, and shall be entitled to enforce said lien and
foreclose its interest against said horse and/or equipment for the amount due in
accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan.
If said horse dies, is sold, or upon thirty (30) days written notice to Firefly Farm, the
Owner may terminate this Contract. In such case, the Stable shall be paid for all fees
incurred up to the termination date. After all fees have been paid in full, this Contract is
The Owner chooses the board option of: Pasture Stall (circle one)
at the daily / weekly / monthly (circle one) rate of $___________ per day /
week / month. These charges are for services as set forth below.
This Contract is non-assignable and non-transferrable. In the case of closure of the
Stable, Stable will give Owner thirty (30) days written notice and Stable will be held
2. Owner/Boarder information. The Owner agrees to supply all necessary and needed
contact information for general and emergency purposes. If any of Owner’s information
changes, Owner agrees to contact Stable immediately and supply any new information,
or fill out a new Owner contact sheet if needed. Owner also agrees to have their
photograph taken upon commencement of this Contract for identification and security
purposes. This information is for use by Firefly Farm and its employees and will not
be distributed or published in any manner without Owner consent.
Mailing address (if different from above):
Permanent address (if different from above):
(We will only call boarders at the work number in case of emergency)
Driver’s License number:
(Parent or legal guardian if “owner” under 18 years of age)
3. Horse Information. The Owner agrees to supply all necessary and needed
information about said horse. Owner also agrees to have photograph of said horse
taken upon commencement of this Contract for identification and security purposes.
This information is for use by Firefly Farm and its employees and will not be
distributed or published in any manner without Owner consent.
It is OK for Firefly Farm to publish photos of my horse on the Firefly Farm Website: Y N
Horse name (registered name, if registered, and barn name):
Insurance Carrier, Policy # and Phone number:
Value of Horse (owner estimated or insured amount): $
4. Feed, Facilities and Services. Stable agrees to provide adequate feed and facilities
for normal and reasonable care required to maintain the health and well-being of the
horse. Owner acknowledges that Owner has inspected the facilities and finds facilities
in safe and proper order. The standard services to be provided are listed herein and the
charges therefore are as previously stated, these services and the charges for are
subject to change and Owner will be notified in writing upon any changes. The Stable
and its employees reserve the right to use reasonable and customary practices,
restraints, and/or training implements to handle or move the horse should they be
necessary (if horse refuses to move or becomes a danger to itself or others). Further, if
said horse becomes a danger to itself or others, Stable reserves the right to not provide
turnout time, or clean stall. If this situation happens Owner will be notified
The current services provided for stall and pasture board are listed below:
Stall board: One assigned stall per horse. Daily turnout (weather permitting) to pasture
or paddock (one (1) time out and one (1) time in), Stable will not guarantee a definite
schedule for turn-out. Access to free choice water (heated in the winter). Feeding of
hay and grain two (2) times daily, (a mid-day feeding of grain may be arranged with Stable). Grain
will be fed up to six (6) pounds per horse per day, and up to three (3) flakes of hay
will be fed per day. Any additional amounts of hay, grain, or other items may be
arranged at an additional cost. Owner supplied supplements and/or medications
applied to the feed will be added as instructed if Owner packages as directed by Stable.
Free choice trace mineral salt block in pastures. Daily stall cleaning. Blanket on
one (1) time and off one (1) time. Use of facilities (Indoor arena, Outdoor arena)
as they become available. Space to store two (2) saddles, two (2) bridles and brushes.
Pasture board: Access to shelter. Free choice water (heated in the winter). Unlimited
access to pasture, square bale hay may be fed two times daily. Feeding of grain two (2) times daily. Grain will be fed up to six (6) pounds per horse per day. Owner supplied supplements and/or medications applied to the feed will be added as instructed if Owner packages as directed by Stable.
Free choice trace mineral salt blocks in each pasture. Any additional amounts
of grain or other items may be arranged at an additional cost. Space to store two (2)
saddles, two (2) bridles.
5. Risk of Loss and Standard of Care. DURING THE TIME THAT SAID HORSE IS IN
CUSTODY OF STABLE, STABLE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SICKNESS, DISEASE,
ESTRAY, THEFT, INJURY OR DEATH WHICH MAY BE SUFFERED BY THE HORSE OR ANY
OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION, WHATSOEVER, ARISING OUT OF OR BEING CONNECTED IN
ANY WAY WITH THE BOARDING OF SAID HORSE, EXCEPT IN THE EVENT OF NEGLIGENCE
ON THE PART OF STABLE, IT’S AGENTS, AND/OR EMPLOYEES.
THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, ANY PERSONAL INJURY, DISABILITY, OR DEATH
THE HORSE OWNER, OR OWNER’S GUEST MAY RECEIVE ON STABLE’S PREMISES.
IN NO EVENT SHALL STABLE BE HELD LIABLE TO OWNER FOR EQUINE DEATH OR INJURY
IN AN AMOUNT IN EXCESS OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000)PER ANIMAL. OWNER AGREES TO OBTAIN EQUINE INSURANCE FOR ANY ANIMALS VALUED IN EXCESS OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00), AT OWNERS EXPENSE, OR FOREGO ANY CLAIM FOR AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF FIVE
THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00). OWNER AGREES TO DISCLOSE THIS ENTIRE CONTRACT TO OWNER’S INSURANCE COMPANY AND PROVIDE STABLE WITH THE COMPANY’S NAME, ADDRESS AND POLICY NUMBER. FAILURE TO DISCLOSE INSURANCE INFORMATION SHALL BE AT OWNER’S RISK.
THE STANDARD OF CARE APPLICABLE TO STABLES IS THAT OF ORDINARY CARE OF A
PRUDENT HORSE OWNER AND NOT AS A COMPENSATED BAILEE.
6. Hold Harmless. Owner agrees to defend, indemnify, save and hold harmless Stable
and it’s principals, agents, and affiliates from and against any loss, liability, damage,
attorney’s fees or costs and all claims arising from or in any way connected with damage
or injury caused by owner’s horse to anyone, Owner’s use of the facilities, Owners or
guests at Stable facilities, horse’s conduct, Owner’s use or access to horse, or Owners or
guests actions and defend Stable from any such claims. Owner agrees to disclose any
and all hazardous or dangerous propensities of said horse boarded with Stable.
7. Emergency Care. Stable agrees to attempt to contact Owner should Stable, its
agents or employee’s feel that medical or farrier attention is required for said horse. If
Stable, its agents or employee’s are unable to contact Owner, then an attempt will be
made to contact the emergency contact person. If any or all of these are unable to be
reached in a reasonable time, which shall be judged and determined solely by Stable,
Stable is then authorized to secure emergency veterinary, and/or farrier care as
required for the health and well being of said horse. All costs of such care secured shall
be billed directly to the Owner. If Stable is not able to arrange direct billing to Owner,
then Stable will pay emergency bill up to two hundred dollars ($200), which will be due
within seven (7) days upon presentation of paid bill to Owner. This amount will be
subject to fees and liens as described in the Fees and Terms section above.
STABLE SHALL ASSUME THAT OWNER DESIRES MAJOR MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CARE IF
RECOMMENDED BY A VETERINARIAN IN THE EVENT OF COLIC, FRACTURED BONE, OR
OTHER LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS. THIS WILL BE THOUGHT TO BE TRUE UNLESS STABLE
IS INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE HEREIN OR ON OWNER’S INFORMATION SHEETS, BY
OWNER THAT THE SAID HORSE IS NOT A CANDIDATE. IN WHICH CASE, OWNER WILL
DECLARE A DOLLAR AMOUNT WHICH WILL BE USED AS A GUIDE BY STABLE AND
ATTENDING VETERINARIAN FOR APPROPRIATE CARE. The dollar amount declared is
IF EMERGENCY IS NEAR FATAL AND ATTENDING VETERINARIAN STRONGLY
RECOMMENDS EUTHANASIA, OWNER GIVES STABLE AUTHORITY FOR CONSENT FOR
EUTHANASIA. ALL NECESSARY AND REQUIRED ATTEMPTS WILL BE MADE TO CONTACT
OWNER OR OWNER’S EMERGENCY CONTACT FOR DIRECT PERMISSION FIRST. OWNER
WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REMOVAL/BURIAL/CREMATION OF SAID HORSE AS SOON AS
IS POSSIBLE POST EUTHANASIA.
Owner agrees to notify Stable of any and all changes of addresses, phone numbers,
emergency contacts, itineraries or other information reasonable necessary to contact
the Owner in an emergency. In the event that Owner departs for vacation, work, etc or
is otherwise unavailable, prior to departure Owner shall notify Stable as to the contact
that is able to make decisions in regard to the health, well-being and/or medical treatment of said horse, whether emergency or not. If none is provided Stable will contact person listed on emergency contact sheet. You may list Sarah as your main emergency contact, but be absolutely certain you’d prefer her to make your horse’s end-of-life decisions before you put her name there. She believes in not letting horses suffer, but that you also need to try and keep them alive. SHE WILL MAKE THE DECISION AS IF IT WERE FOR HER PERSONAL HORSE.
8. Limitation of Actions. Any action or claim brought about by Owner against Stable for
breach of this contract or for loss due to negligence must be brought about within six months (6 months) of the date such claim or loss occurs.
9. Farrier Care and General Health Practices. Owner agrees to provide the necessary
trimming and/or shoeing, along with the following vaccinations and reasonably
necessary deworming. The vaccinations required at Firefly Farm is/are Eastern and
Western equine encephalomyelitis, Influenza, Tetanus, Strangles, and Potomac Horse
Fever. West Nile virus along with Rabies is highly recommended but not required. A
deworming schedule of daily dewormer or rotational paste dewormer every 8 weeks,
with a once to twice yearly addition of a product to eliminate tapeworms is suggested to keep parasite counts low. These services can be arranged with the Stable for the Stable farrier and Stable
veterinarian to provide, or may be scheduled with the farrier or veterinarian of Owner’s
choice. The Stable will provide free handling of said horse if these services are
scheduled during the Stable’s herd health program. Otherwise if Owner arranges for a
different farrier or veterinarian then Owner is responsible for being present and
handling own horse, or must arrange payment with Stable for Stable’s employees to
handle said horse.
Owner agrees to have all routine health practices completed on a regular basis, and
agrees to provide Stable with all health records of said horse. In the event that services
are not rendered, or proof of same is not provided to Stable within thirty (30) days from
date of such service, Stable is authorized to arrange for such treatment, but not
obligated to do so; such expense shall be the obligation of Owner, and upon
presentation of bill by Stable for such services rendered, including any service charges,
any bill shall be paid within seven (7) days from the date the bill is submitted to Owner.
10. Ownership. Owner warrants that they are the owner of record of the horse listed in
this agreement, or that they have the express authority of the actual owner of record to
enter into this Contract and to board the horse with the Stable. If Owner is not the
record of owner of said horse, then the person signing as Owner nonetheless agrees to
be fully bound by the terms of this agreement and liable for all sums hereunder. Any
and all owners of said horse warrant that they have good and clear title and that the
horse is free from any liens or encumbrances, expressed or implied by law.
11. Changes or Termination of This Contract. It is agreed by the parties that this
Contract may be changed or terminated upon thirty (30) days written notice, regardless
of the rental period. If you have pre-paid for the following month, you may leave at any time.
All notices must be issued in writing unless otherwise agreed upon
by the parties. The posting of updated rate schedule/regulation changes in a
conspicuous or open place in Stable’s tack rooms shall constitute notice of any and all
rate/regulation changes as may be deemed appropriate by Stable.
12. Rules and Regulations. The Owner agrees to abide by all the rules and regulations
of the Stable. In the event someone other than the Owner shall call for the horse, such
person shall have written authority signed by the Owner to obtain said horse. If Owner
is removing the horse from Stable property for the purpose of showing or trail riding,
Owner agrees to inform Stable at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to said horse
leaving. If Stable is not notified and said horse is found to be missing, the Stable will
contact Owner, emergency contact and Police in that order to alert to the missing horse.
Owner hereby acknowledges receipt and understanding of current Stable Rules. Owner
agrees that they and all of their guests and invitees will abide by and be bound by these
Rules. Owner also agrees to accept full responsibility for the conduct of all guests and
invitees. The Stable may revise these Rules from time to time and Owner agrees that
any revision shall have the same force and effect as current Rules. Failure, as
determined by the Stable’s sole discretion, of Owner or Owner’s guests and invitees to
abide by Stable Rules may result in Stable declaring Owner in default hereunder and
result in termination of this Contract.
13. Right of Lien. The Owner is put on notice that Stable has a right of lien as set forth
in the laws of the State of Michigan, for the amount due for the board and keep of such
horse, and also for storage and services, and shall have the right, without process of law,
to retain said horse until the amount of said indebtedness is discharged. However
Stable will not be obligated to retain and/or maintain the horse in question in the event
the amount of the bill exceeds the anticipated unregistered value of the horse. In the
event Stable exercises Stable’s right of lien as above described for non-payment, this
Contract shall constitute a Bill Of Sale and authorization to process transfer applications
from any breed registration as may be applicable to said horse upon affidavit by Stable’s
representatives setting forth the material facts of the default and foreclosure as well as
Stable’s compliance with foreclosure proceedings as required by law. In the event
collection of the account is turned over to an attorney, Owner agrees to pay all
attorneys’ fees, costs, and other related expenses for which a minimum charge of two
hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) will be assessed.
14. Property in Storage on Stable’s Premises. Owner may store certain tack and
equipment on the premises of Stable at no additional charge to Owner. Horse trailers
may be stored on Stable premises in the designated area. However, Stable shall not be
responsible for the theft, loss, damage or disappearance of any tack, equipment, trailer or other property stored at Stable or on Stable premises. Stable shall not be liable for any of Owner’s items when removed from premises for any reason.
15. Inherent Risks and Assumption of Risk. The undersigned acknowledges there are
inherent risks associated with equine activities such as described below, and hereby
expressly assumes all risks associated with participating in such activities. The inherent
risks include, but are not limited to the propensity of equines to behave in ways such as
running, bucking, biting, kicking, shying, stumbling, rearing, falling or stepping on, that
may result in an injury, harm or death to persons on or around them; the
unpredictability of an equine’s reaction to such things as sounds, sudden movements
and unfamiliar objects, persons, or other animals; certain hazards such as surface and
subsurface conditions; collisions with other animals; the limited availability of
emergency medical care; and the potential of a participant to act in a negligent manner
that may contribute to injury to the participant or others, such as failing to maintain
control over the animal or not acting within such participant’s ability.
Owner expressly releases Stable from any and all claims for personal injury or property
damage, even if caused by negligence (if allowed by the laws of this State) by Stable or
its representatives, agents or employees.
16. Prohibited Activities. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, Smoking
in any barn or barn area; also, feeding, turning-out, walking, riding, working, saddling,
injuring, whipping, harassing, or otherwise use or interaction with any other horse at
Stable without permission of Stable or owner of said horse. Using spurs of any variety is
forbidden, and owners are asked to use whips as an aid only. Chains over horse noses as a
punishment are strictly forbidden and are grounds for immediate dismissal from Firefly
Farm. Owners agree that neither they nor their guests or invitees will participate in any
of these aforementioned items.
Owner also agrees that if anyone is to be allowed to handle, turn-out, administer
medications and/or ride said horse then Owner will provide a full Authorized User
information sheet for each Authorized User. Stable has discretion when and under what
circumstances to allow Owner’s Authorized Users to have access to said horse and
17. Entire Contract. This Contract represents the entire agreement between the
parties. No other agreements, promises, or representations, verbal or implied, are
included unless specifically stated in this written agreement. This Contract is made and
entered into in Michigan, and shall be enforced and interpreted in accordance with
18. Enforceability of Contract and Severability. If one or more parts of the Contract
are found to be unenforceable or illegal, the other portions of the Contract shall be
deemed in full force and effect
19. Comprehension. Each party hereby affirms and acknowledges that they have been
given the opportunity to obtain independent legal review by an attorney of their
choosing, that they have read this entire Contract, that it is in plain language, and that
they fully understand and appreciate the meaning of each of its terms.
Owner (or Authorized Agent) signature:
IF OWNER IS A MINOR THEN SIGNATURE OF AT LEAST ONE (1) PARENT OR LEGAL
GUARDIAN IS REQUIRED. THE SIGNING OF THIS CONTRACT BY ONE (1) PARENT OR
LEGAL GUARDIAN CONSTITUTES FOR PURPOSES OF THIS CONTRACT TO BE VIEWED AS
AGREEMENT AND A WAIVER OF ALL RIGHTS BY THE OTHER NON-SIGNING PARENT OR
Firefly Farm owner signature: