As your livery yard increases in size of clients and horses, issues can arise that had not previously been considered, this may include safety rules or problems which may affect your insurance cover or make you liable in the event of an accident or injury.
The list below outlines some basic considerations for Yard Owners and Managers when contemplating rules for their livery clients and any visitors with regards to the use of facilities, land and property, as well as covering basic safety issues. It is worth checking and consulting Health and Safety Guidelines when creating your rules, and also as a reference point for your visitors and clients.
Below are some guidelines, and at the bottom of the page, you will find resources relating to the content including additional information and template documents.
On the Yard
Use of Hose- areas to be used, reasons to be used and times to be used – i.e not to be used when ground is freezing to reduce risk of creating slippery ground conditions
Where horses can and cannot be tied up- i.e not close to tools, arena, on tie rings with bailer twin, certain distance from other horses/ stables.
Where horses can be fed- i.e only in the stable, in the field.
Who feeds horses breakfast – i.e first livery could give all horses AM feed if left by stable
Haynets hung on yard- i.e where they are permitted, who is responsible for cleaning up spilled hay or feed.
Haynet filling and use of additional hay – i.e for hay inclusive livery packages
Ordering system for hay and feed if from yard or yard organised supplier.
Bedding that is allowed on the yard
Rodent prevention- who is responsible for clearing spilt food, hay, straw and securing of feed containers.
Feed room- who can enter – i.e if full livery no requirement for liveries to enter), keeping the door closed to prevent horses, dogs or rodents getting in.
Rules for yard tidiness- replacing tools, sweeping etc for individual areas and communal areas (such as tie up areas, tack rooms etc
Designated areas for tools, headcollars and other equipment
Picking out feet on yard – i.e only in stable or on yard but use of buckets to catch dirt
Use of muck heap and heaping it up
Provisions for use of water in event of frozen supply- i.e bowser or stockpiling water in advance, restricted use
Requesting insurance of visiting professionals to the yard- instructors, farriers etc
Permission for liveries to care for other clients horses long or short term
Permitted people to look after or ride clients horses – i.e non liveries such as partners, parents or third parties being paid for their services
To be notified of horse absences from the yard – i.e travelling away for competitions, riding camps
Responsibility of repairs- i.e whether horse owner or yard owner depending upon incident
Visitors to the Yard
Whether children are allowed on the yard and supervision of any children on the yard
Whether you require to be notified of visitors to the yard- instructors, farriers, vets etc.
Use of external freelance grooms, instructors, riders etc whether this is allowed
Permitting dogs on the yard (either on a lead, in vehicles or out loose on the yard) consider dog mess, where this is permitted and if it has to be cleaned up.
Rules for those who share or part loan livery horses and the responsibility of those owners.
Rules on clothing- i.e no open toed shoes on yard, body protectors worn when riding
To notify of any unfamiliar vehicles at the yard (clients to report to yard owner/ manager)
Only park in designated areas, not in front of gates/ arena entrance or horse tie-up areas.
Whether pets are allowed to be left in vehicles – i.e barking dogs
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This information as provided above is intended to provide guidance and areas for consideration for those intending to enter into such arrangements, and is best advice to our knowledge at the time of publication following extensive research. Anyone proposing to enter into agreements, processes or actions based upon the information contained herein are advised to carry out their own due diligence to ensure the information above remains current and factual.