HORSE RIDING AGREEMENT AND LIABILITY RELEASE FORM

HORSE RIDING AGREEMENT AND LIABILITY RELEASE FORM
Standley Lake Stables
This form must be completed by and for each participant.
PREMISES OWNERS NAMES ARE Jon and Kristi Cymes, hereinafter known as SLS.
LOCATION OR ADDRESS: 9430 Indiana Ave., Arvada, CO 80007
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING
SERIOUS INJURY MAY RESULT FROM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS ACTIVITY. SLS DOES NOT
GUARANTEE YOUR SAFETY OR THAT OF YOUR HORSE. IT IS HEREBY AGREED TO AS FOLLOWS
THAT:
A. REGISTRATION OF RIDERS AND AGREEMENT PURPOSE I, the following individual hereinafter
known as the “RIDER”, and the parents or legal guardians thereof if a minor, do hereby voluntarily request
and agree to participate in horse riding on premises SLS , and that this RIDER will ride his/her own horse
or one borrowed or leased by RIDER’S own arrangement today and on all future dates:
RIDER NAME & AGE (if under 21):________________________________________________________________
B. AGREEMENT SCOPE AND TERRITORY AND DEFINITIONS – This agreement shall be legally
binding upon me the registered RIDER, and the parents or legal guardians thereof if a minor, my heirs,
estate, assigns, including all minor children, and personal representatives; and it shall be interpreted
according to the laws of Jefferson County, Colorado . Any disputes by the RIDER shall be litigated in and
venue shall be Jefferson County, Colorado.
The term “HORSE” herein shall refer to all equine species. The term “HORSEBACK RIDING” or
“RIDING” herein shall refer to riding or otherwise handling of horses, ponies, mules, or donkeys, whether
from the ground or mounted. The term “RIDER” shall herein refer to a person who rides a horse mounted
or otherwise handles or comes near a horse from the ground.
The terms “I”, “me”, “my” shall herein refer to the above registered rider and the parents or legal guardians
thereof if a minor.
C. ACTIVITY RISK CLASSIFICATION – Horseback riding is classified as RUGGED ADVENTURE
RECREATIONAL SPORT ACTIVITY, and that there are numerous obvious and non-obvious inherent
risks always present in such activity despite all safety precautions. According to NEISS (National
Electronic Injury Surveillance Systems of United States Consumer Products) horse activities rank 64th
among the activities of people relative to injuries that result in a stay at U.S. hospitals. Related injuries can
be severe, requiring more hospital days and resulting in more lasting residual effects than injuries in other
activities.
D. NATURE OF RIDING HORSES – No horse is a completely safe horse. Horses are 5 to 15 times larger,
20 to 40 times more powerful, and 3 to 4 times faster than a human. If a rider falls from a horse to ground it
will generally be at a distance of from 31/2 to 51/2 feet, and the impact may result in injury to the rider.
Horseback riding is the only sport where on much smaller, weaker predator animal (human) tries to impose
its will on, and become on unit of movement with, another much larger, stronger prey animal with a mind
of its own (horse) and each has a limited understanding of the other. If a horse is frightened or provoked it
may divert from its training and act according to its natural survival instincts which may include, but are
not limited to: stopping short, changing directions or speed at will; shifting its weight; bucking; rearing;
kicking; biting; or running from danger.
E. RIDER RESPONSIBILITY – Upon mounting a horse and taking up the reins, the RIDER is in primary
control of the horse. The RIDER’S safety largely depends upon his/her ability to carry out simple
instructions, and his/her ability to remain balanced aboard the moving animal. The RIDER shall be
responsible for his/her own safety.
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F. CONDITIONS OF NATURE – SLS is NOT responsible for total or partial acts, occurrences, or
elements of nature that can scare a horse, cause it to fall, or react in some other unsafe way. SOME
EXAMPLES ARE: thunder, lightening, rain, wind, wild and domestic animals, insects, reptiles, which may
walk, run, fly near, bite and/or sting a horse or person; and irregular footing on out-of-door groomed or
wild land which is subject to constant change in condition according to weather, temperature, and natural
and man-made changes in landscape.
G. INPSECTION OF PREMISES – RIDER has inspected SLS facilities and trails and is satisfied that all
premises conditions are reasonably safe for RIDER’S intended purpose, usage and presence upon the SLS
premises.
H. ACCIDENT/MEDICAL AND PERSONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE – Should medical treatment be
required, I and/or my own accident/medical insurance company shall pay for all such incurred expenses.
My accident/medical insurance company is____________________________ and my policy number is
____________________. Should my actions or that of my horse cause injury or damage of any kind, I
and/or my own personal liability shall pay for such damages. My personal liability insurance company
is____________________________ and my policy number is ____________________.
I. PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR WARNING – I have been fully warned and advised by SLS that the
RIDER should purchase and wear protective headgear (riding helmet), and that the wearing of such
headgear while mounting, riding, dismounting, and otherwise being around horses, may prevent or reduce
severity of some head injuries and even prevent death from happening as the result of a fall or other
occurrence. Minors 16 and under are required to wear protective headgear.
J. LIABILITY RELEASE – In consideration of SLS allowing my participation in this activity, under the
terms set forth herein, I, the RIDER, and the parent or guardian thereof if a minor, do agree to hold
harmless and release SLS, its owners, agents, employees, officers, members, premises owners, insurers, and
affiliated organizations from legal liability due to SLS ordinary negligence; and I do further agree that
except in the event of SLS gross negligence and willful and wanton misconduct, I shall not bring any
claims, demand, legal actions and causes of action, against SLS and/or its associates, for any economic and
non-economic losses due to bodily injury, death, property damage, sustained by me and/or my minor child
or legal ward in relation to the premises and operations of SLS, to include while riding, handling, or
otherwise being near horses owned by or in the care, custody and control of SLS.
All Riders and Parents or Legal Guardians must sign below after reading this entire document:
SIGNER STATEMENT OF AWARENESS
I/WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, HAVE READ AND DO UNDERSTAND THE FOREGOING
AGREEMENT, WARNINGS, RELEASE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK. I/WE FURTHER ATTEST
THAT ALL FACTS RELATING TO THE APPLICANT ARE TRUE AND ACCURATE.
_________________________________________________________ DATE ______________________
SIGNATURE OF RIDER (Parent must sign for rider 17 & under.)
__________________________________________ for ________________________________________
SIGNATURE OF PARENT, or GUARDIAN
(Please print)
DATE ___________________________
Address in full: _________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone #: ________________________ Bus. Phone #: ______________________
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