Horse agistment agreement

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This agistment agreement allows a landholder to receive a fee for grazing horses or ponies owned by another person on his land.
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About this agistment agreement

This agistment agreement is a contract for one party (the agistor) to assume responsibility for the maintenance and welfare of another party's animals in return for payment.

Agistment can cover a wide range of situations from simple arrangements such as grazing and basic shelter for ponies to full offerings of services including breeding, nutrition and training. This agreement is primarily for use with individual horses or ponies, but could be adapted for other domesticated animals such as llamas, alpacas or donkeys.

Agistment may be arranged by a brief discussion. However, verbal agistment agreements rarely plan for problems such as horse injury or disease, non-payment by owners, or the need to relocate horses because of fire, flood or drought. Nor is there any record of what was agreed if there is a dispute. If a dispute does arise, the terms of a verbal agreement can be hard to prove.

The Department of Primary Industries recommends using a written agistment agreement such as this one. Using one makes sure that both owners and landholders are aware of their rights and obligations from the start, and a thorough agreement can reduce the likelihood of problems later on.

The law in this agistment contract

This contract uses common law. It follows the guidelines set out by NSW Department of Primary Industries.

When to use this agistment agreement

  • For use where the owner is paying the agistor per horse or pony for grazing and other services
  • Suitable for professional agistors to use as a client contract
  • Drawn for horses, but could be amended for other animals
  • For short term and longer term contracts

Agreement features and contents

  • Description of the horse
  • Fees: including failure to pay and interest
  • Facilities
  • Owner warranties
  • Insurance
  • Veterinary call out
  • Right of lien
  • Termination
  • Obligation of the agistor
  • Other paragraphs to protect your interests
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Recent reviews

Awaiting Result
10 January 2023
My biggest concern was getting advice from outside of Australia -and how relevant it would be and have not received the reviewed document yet so soon will be able to tell .
The Web site looked professional and easy to use
The single feature important to me was clause that reduce any liability to me or reduce my risk by have clear obligations on both parties and an effective waiver for associated persons on my property.
No benefit yet as have not received the reviewed document yet.
Based on progress so far yes I would recommend
Geoff Lawrence
Exactly What's Wanted
06 October 2020
It is exactly what I was looking for & it also gave me an insight into what I need to do to make the agreement viable!!
Greg Burton
Reassuring clarity for startups
10 August 2020
Simple to read and understand. The explanatory notes also provide additional clarity. Great resource especially when starting out with nothing.
Jeremy Cash
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