Boarder warrants that s/he owns said horse. If horse is leased, then owner will provide a copy of current lease documentation detailing the complete nature of lessee’s authority and responsibility for horse.
1. Services Rendered
a. In exchange for the current monthly FULL CARE boarding fee as listed on the Boarding page of the DHF web site: www.myDHF.com, DHF will provide the following services for FULL CARE BOARD:
i. One box stall, one feed tub, one or two water buckets depending on the horse’s specific water consumption needs, and an appropriate amount of clean bedding. Stalls are cleaned daily.
1. Owner is required to provide a heated water bucket during the winter.
ii. Morning and evening feedings of up to three pounds of grain and up to two flakes of hay per feeding per day will be provided. One to two flakes of hay are fed at lunch and/or night check as well if horse is stalled during those meal times. Additional grain and hay beyond that provided by DHF can be fed at the owner’s expense.
iii. Special feeds, medications, and/or supplements can be administered if properly bagged and tagged for each meal. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide all supplements and medications for their horse in a single serving or SmartPak (SmartPak barn buddy code for shipping discounts: DHFarm) so that DHF staff only has to open one container to give horse its needed supplements.
iv. Owner supplied grain/hay will be considered on a case-by-case basis only and does not equate to a discount off board rate. DHF will supply a variety of feedstuffs that should meet the needs of most horses.
v. Continuous access to clean water both in the stall and pasture.
vi. Access to a salt and mineral block in pastures.
vii. Targeted deworming program - selective for only the horses that actually carry worms determined by fecal counts, instead of deworming every horse on the farm based on a predetermined 8 week timetable
1. Owner is required to provide a "breakaway" halter for turnout.
2. Horses will be stalled during harsh weather conditions such as: storms, high winds, or when the ground condition is potentially dangerous (i.e. icy, muddy, etc.).
3. Private turnout is available for an additional fee
4. Application of protective boots (e.g. gallop or splint boots) on horse for turnout is included in the Full Care Board rate.
1. If Boarder chooses to blanket their horse, the horse’s “clothes” shall be rugged and waterproof being specifically designed for the rigors of turnout (not stable blankets-many stable blankets have been ruined from horses being accidentally turned out in them).
x. DHF reserves the right to move boarded horses to different stalls, pastures, turnout groups to help our equine community better get along.
xi. Additional services such as grooming, exercising, hoof picking, etc are available for an additional charge (see DHF Fees Schedule).
b. In exchange for the current monthly PARTIAL CARE boarding fee as listed on the Boarding page of the DHF web site: www.myDHF.com, DHF will provide the following services for PARTIAL CARE BOARD:
i. Partial Care includes all Full Care Boarding services with the exception of stall cleaning and blanketing.
1. Partial Care Clients are required to clean their stalls - 365 days per year. No exceptions. DHF maintains extremely high standards of care for its equine clientele, and so dictates that the same level of care is given to horses on partial care.
ii. Partial Care provides access to the entire DHF facility and requires adherence to all DHF policies and guidelines.
iii. Partial Care clients are required to take at least 2 lessons per month from any DHF instructor.
iv. Clients can make a 24-hour advance notice request for DHF staff time at $10 per stall.
v. DHF staff time will be tracked, including $35 stall cleanout fee per day if client does not clean the stall. Invoices will be made readily available for such occasions.
vi. Surcharge for DHF to provide daily blanket switches: $30/month.
c. Indoor, Outdoor Arenas, and Training Track. All Boarders have the right to use all DHF’s facilities: indoor and outdoor arenas, training track, lounges, lecture rooms, and tack rooms. DHF will not use all riding areas simultaneously, which will always leave riding areas available to Boarders. A schedule of all lessons and upcoming events is available at all times online via Schedulicity.com so that all Boarders can plan their riding schedule around events held at DHF. Boarders are permitted to use the arenas during lessons, but acknowledge that the instructor(s) and student(s) have the right-of-way.
2. Payment of Board
a. All board payments are due in full in the payment box mounted in the office/lounge by close of business (COB) the first of each month. If board is paid in full by the COB the first of the month, Boarders may subtract a $25 timely payment bonus. It is the Boarder’s responsibility to know the board amount and to submit payment on time – automatic direct deposit into DHF’s bank account is available. An invoice will only be provided for additional charges incurred during the course of the preceding month.
b. Payments not received by COB the seventh calendar day of the month will be subject to a $35 late fee. An additional $35 late fee will be charged for each additional week that the payment is late.
c. A NON-INTEREST BEARING SECURITY DEPOSIT OF $250 WILL BE PAID TO DHF UPON EXECUTION OF THIS CONTRACT.
d. Board rates are subject to change. DHF will provide at least thirty (30) days written notice of all rate changes. Boarder is required to pay the current board rates.
E. DHF will only accept board payments from the Boarder of the horse. For example, if the horse is leased to someone else in part or whole, it is still the responsibility of the Boarder to pay for the board in full. BOARDER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT REGARDLESS OF ANY AGREEMENT WITH ANY OTHER PERSON OR PERSONS, BOARDER WILL REMAIN RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF ANY CHARGES OR FEES BY DHF IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT.
3. Incoming Horses, Dangerous Horses, Destructive Horses, and Equine Insurance
a. Acceptance of the horse for boarding is contingent upon approval of DHF, based on the current immunization record and health information. DHF reserves the right to turn away any horse deemed to be a health risk to the other horses in their care.
b. DHF reserves the right to refuse to accept, or choose not to keep, any horse that is determined to be dangerous to life or property. Boarder agrees to remove horse immediately upon notification of such condition. DHF reserves the right to quarantine the horse to protect the safety of the other horses in their care.
c. DHF recommends that all Boarders carry full mortality insurance coverage on their horses at the Boarder’s expense. DHF is not responsible for notifying the Boarder’s insurance company of any disease, injury, or illness which the Boarder’s horse may contract or incur.
d. Horses deemed to be aggressive to other horses by DHF management will be required to be in private turnout for an additional charge.
4. Routine Medical and Farrier Care
a. All Boarders must provide the name and contact information of the veterinarian and farrier that they wish to use for the routine and emergency care of their horse.
b. DHF uses Lebanon Equine Clinic (hereinafter LEC) as their farm veterinarian.
c. Boarder agrees and recognizes it is their responsibility to have the horse trimmed and/or shod on a regular basis (regular means no more than 10 week intervals).
d. Boarder agrees and recognizes it is their responsibility to have the horse’s teeth examined by an equine dentist or veterinarian annually or as recommended by an equine dentist or veterinarian. If deemed necessary to the health and well being of the horse, DHF is authorized, but not required, to secure dental care and arrange for direct billing to the Boarder for such services.
e. DHF is not responsible for veterinary care of Boarder’s horse, including changing bandages, treating wounds, applying bandages, administering paste medications, etc., unless Boarder chooses to pay for DHF nursing care services.
5. Emergency Care
a. In the event of an injury or illness, DHF agrees to attempt to contact Boarder should DHF believe that medical treatment is needed for Boarder’s horse. If the Boarder cannot be reached, Boarder authorizes DHF to provide and/or secure emergency veterinary and/or farrier care required for the health and well being of Boarder’s horse.
b. Boarder agrees to hold DHF harmless from any and all claims for damage or injury to the horse or any person or other property arising from the provision of such emergency care under all circumstances.
c. DHF will first contact the Boarder’s primary veterinarian; if they cannot be contacted, or cannot respond in a timely manner, then the Boarder consents to treatment by LEC.
d. Due to liability issues, DHF will not administer IV injections to any boarded horse with the possible exception of a dire emergency when veterinary help is not available and with the Boarder’s verbal consent. In the case of a dire emergency with the Boarder’s verbal consent, Boarder agrees to hold DHF harmless of any resulting problems and/or complications under all circumstances.
e. If an illness or injury suffered by the horse is so serious that it requires referral to a specialist or hospital, Boarder hereby authorizes the attending veterinarian to refer such horse(s) for such specialty care to: