Yard Rules

YARD RULES

Nobody likes too many rules, we all like to rely on our own common sense. Sadly though, we in the equestrian community don’t all share the same expectations and understanding of how things should be done around the yard. At the risk of pointing out the obvious to yourselves, we have compiled a list of rules and guidance on how the livery yard might be run and on what we might expect of each other. Our aim is not to be unfriendly, but to be clear on our standards and to provide a livery yard that is clean, safe and functions smoothly to the benefit of all clients.

General Guidance
1. The Yard will be available to owners to access from 6.00am any day.
2. The Yard means all areas and facilities used by the Owners/Baiters and Clients of Glen Austin Stables, which includes the stables, riding school, arenas and paddocks.
3. All liveries, baiters and lesson clients are required to sign an indemnity form.
4. Staff will be available for assistance between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Sunday.
5. Please do not order or instruct stable staff or grooms – any specific order or instruction must be directed to GAS management.
6. Children under the age of 14 are not permitted in the yard unless they are under the supervision of an appropriate adult.
7. Even the calmest of horses can be unpredictable. Everybody entering the yard must take care and follow our guidance when given.
8. Do not feed the horses; it can lead to them acting aggressively and biting.
9. Dogs are not allowed at the Yard at any time.
10. The Yard has a no smoking policy in and around the stables, store rooms and tack room.
11. Any injuries, accidents or damage must be reported to the Yard Manager as soon as possible.
12. Do not use or take other peoples tack or equipment without their prior consent.
13. Prams are not permitted in the yard. Please leave them in the clubhouse area.
14. Riding without a riding helmet and suitable footwear is not permitted at any time.
15. All vehicles are to be parked in designated parking areas (overnight parking is not permitted unless by prior arrangement).
16. Please no speeding on the driveways – all animals have the right of way.
17. Please ensure that the toilet lights are switched off, taps are not left running or unattended, and litter is thrown in the bins provided.

Paddocks and Turnout
1. All horses must be vaccinated against equine flu, tetanus and African Horse Sickness.
2. You may only turn out horses into paddocks designated to you by GAS management.`
3. Unless expressly agreed with GAS management, no horse may be left alone in the paddock or any of the paddocks at the end of the day.
4. The Yard reserves the right in consultation with owners to plan and manage herd size and composition together with paddock allocation governed by paddock conditions.
5. Shared paddocks may result in horseplay injuries.
6. Unless the weather dictates otherwise, horses are turned out between 8am and brought in by 4pm
7. Please note that turnout will be weather dependant. If poor weather prevails, we reserve the right to close the paddocks completely until the weather improves.
8. It is advised that Owners / Riders should wear their riding helmet and gloves when turning out and bringing in their horses.

Use of the arenas
Subject to the rules and understanding below, the arenas are available free of charge to all Liveries and baiters at all times on a shared basis for use between the hours of 6am and 8pm throughout the year.
1. During periods of high demand livery clients are requested to keep their riding session to a maximum of 45 minute sessions per rider / horse. We ask that you consider the needs of other GAS clients.
2. The riding school has priority of usage and may use the school at any time in accordance with its needs without notice during its normal opening hours and for special events. The riding school will attempt to give reasonable notice of its requirements in advance, but all Liveries are advised to check at the office for availability.
3. Whilst watching a lesson please keep noise and sudden movement to a minimum. Do not try and communicate with a rider whilst a lesson is in progress. It is important they concentrate fully on riding their horse.
4. Free usage is not exclusive usage and other riders may enter the arena at any time provided that there are no more than 6 riders in the arena at any one time.
5. If the arenas are being used by individuals to school their horses, under no circumstances must jumps be put out by other individuals until the schooling session is finished.
6. Jumps / trotting poles may be erected for lessons/exercise but must be removed at the end of the individual session and stored securely.
7. Private lessons are not permitted in the riding school arenas at any time unless the visiting instructor has booked in advance and paid for a lesson slot at the office which will give exclusive use to the rider at that time.
8. Spectators are not permitted in the arena at any time.
9. All riders are entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of the facility and as such all helpers; riders and spectators should be courteous and helpful to each other. Keep noise to a minimum.

Indemnity
1. In taking lessons or riding/handling horses at Glen Austin Stables, I assume any such risk of injury or death and further, I voluntarily release Glen Austin Stables, its instructors and agents from any responsibility on account of injury or death I or my child or ward may sustain while receiving instruction or while riding in connection therewith, and I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Glen Austin Stables, its instructors and agents on account of any such claim.
2. Likewise I accept full responsibility for friends and visitors accompanying myself to Glen Austin Stables and hold Glen Austin Stables harmless on account of any claim arising from loss/injury or death of my visitors.
3. Glen Austin Stables, its instructors, and agents are not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities or for any other reason whilst on or off the the property.
4. Furthermore, I hereby release Glen Austin Stables owners, instructors and staff from any responsibility on account of any loss or damage to my or my visitors vehicle or my/their goods whilst on the property. I understand that this is a working farm and horses/dogs and other animals roam free and could damage vehicles and goods.