Release and Hold Harmless Agreement
The participant signing below assumes the unavoidable risks inherent in all horse-related activities, including, but not limited to, bodily injury and physical harm to horse, rider, and/or spectator. The participant signing below assumes the unavoidable risks inherent in the riding, handling, and presence of such animals including, but not limited to, bodily injury and physical harm to horse rider and spectator. In consideration, therefore, for the privilege of using this online service. The Participant does hereby agree to hold harmless and indemnify Live Equestrian and any of its members, executives, employees, volunteers, or agents and further release each from any liability or responsibility for accident damage, injury, or illness to the Participant, or to any horse owned by the Participant, or to any family member or spectator accompanying the Participant. If the Participant is a minor, Participant is advised to wear approved riding helmet and must have the Participant’s parent or guardian sign this agreement. If the Participant is 18 years or older and does not wish to wear an approved helmet, the Participant must sign below to that effect.
Oregon passed the Inherent Risk Bill (HB2650), which pertains to equine activities. The law now states that those who choose to participate in equine activities assume an inherent risk. Horses, just because of their size and temperament, can cause injury without incurring a liability for the owner. For example, a horse may step on someone’s foot, or buck when stung by a bee, and the owner is not liable. The primary responsibility of the owner is to try to provide a horse, which matches the rider’s ability, proved good tack, and removes any hidden or dangerous obstacles from riding areas.