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Old 24.05.2017, 14:59
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Loaning a Horse

Hi,

My wife owns a young horse, which we brought over to Switzerland from the UK a couple of years ago.

At the moment, however, there are various family situations back in the UK and we are concerned that we may not be able to give the horse the attention she needs for the time being, due to short-notice visits back home. She is in full livery, so food and general care are taken care of but that's all.

We don't want to sell her as the situation is (hopefully) only temporary, so we're considering loaning her - a common practice in the UK, but having done some research it doesn't seem very common, if it exists at all, here in Switzerland.

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience about this? Is it legal/advisable to loan a horse here? Probably looking at a 6 month loan initially, would only want costs covered (livery, feed, bills etc.)
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Re: Loaning a Horse

I think it is more common that you would pay someone to look after the horse for those 6 months and it will cost more than the feed, bills etc.
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Re: Loaning a Horse

Is there no tesco in Switzerland? they seem to take care of horses...
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Re: Loaning a Horse

I remember there being young riders that wanted their own horse but their parents didn't want to spend so much money on something that might be temporary, maybe you could work out a deal with someone, especially because it's temporary. If your pension also has a riding school maybe they could help you.
Make sure the loaner has the proper complementary insurance and civil responsibility insurance.
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Re: Loaning a Horse

When she was younger, my daughter took a 1/4 share in a horse which meant she was responsible for 1/4 of the costs and could use it 1/4 of the time, she shared with the owner and another girl - it worked out well and she got her brevet (horse driving license).

Speak to the local stables, they can best advise you.
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Re: Loaning a Horse

It's common to have "Beteiligungen" here when you have your own horse. Mainly because one is not really able to ride the horse every day and it is good to have only one person riding the horse besides you, someone who builds up a relationship with the horse.
Some pay a share, some don't. They definitely don't take over the entire costs while the owner "takes a break"

If you're interested in such a solution, ask around in any riding-stable that offers riding lessons. There are usually people there who would like to ride a private horse regularly. Where do you keep your horse? At home?

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Is there no tesco in Switzerland? they seem to take care of horses...
I thought that was IKEA
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I think it is more common that you would pay someone to look after the horse for those 6 months and it will cost more than the feed, bills etc.
Yes. I think that is it? My farmer neighbour keeps 2 horses for owners, one because she lives in town. and full livery near Lausanne costs an absolute fortune- and she comes every week-end to ride- and another for someone who has gone abroad on long sabatical. The cost is a fraction of what it would cost near major towns- but she does charge for sure (they are kept in our fields for a large part of the time, free of charge).
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Re: Loaning a Horse

Hey,

More known as "Reitbeteiligung" rather than "Beteiligung" only. Try http://reitkalender.ch/ that's where I found a horse to ride once a week a while back. Go to "Marktplatz für Pferdiges", open a thread and describe your horse, what you wish for her, which qualifications the rider should etc. Adding a picture (of the horse) always helps

Hope you find a good solution!
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Re: Loaning a Horse

you have 4 options actually:
1 is the 'Reitbeteiligung' described by other posters above, somebody who is interested in riding but can't afford (financially or time wise)/want to own a horse. here you can agree on a minimal fee that the person is willing to pay to be able to ride the horse. It will never cover all the costs though and full responsibility remains with you re vet/organizing farrier etc etc, this person will only exercise the horse most likely.

2 you pay a professional to take care of the horse, either at your stable or at their own stable (this is also called 'Beritt' if you agree that the horse should be trained/showed etc). this will cost money. Full responsibility remains with you.

3 you offer your horse 'ans Futter'. Meaning you only retain minimal rights to the horse (this needs to be clearly agreed in a signed contract!!), and for the rest the person who takes the horse ans Futter is responsible. This person may also take the horse to another stable, exercise the way they want etc (all needs to be agreed in a signed contract!). It is not a very common practice, because there is a lot of potential for disagreements. The other may also return the horse at any time, and if there is damage it is hard to make them pay.

4 you put your horse on a pasture for 6 months, there are plenty of places in CH and nearby Germany/France. You pay less than for normal boarding, and depending on place they will organize vet/farrier. You need to check out the different options here. It is cheaper than keeping the horse in a normal stable for sure, and having such a time out usually is quite good for the horse.
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Hi,

My wife owns a young horse, which we brought over to Switzerland from the UK a couple of years ago.

At the moment, however, there are various family situations back in the UK and we are concerned that we may not be able to give the horse the attention she needs for the time being, due to short-notice visits back home. She is in full livery, so food and general care are taken care of but that's all.

We don't want to sell her as the situation is (hopefully) only temporary, so we're considering loaning her - a common practice in the UK, but having done some research it doesn't seem very common, if it exists at all, here in Switzerland.

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience about this? Is it legal/advisable to loan a horse here? Probably looking at a 6 month loan initially, would only want costs covered (livery, feed, bills etc.)
Hi, did you find a solution? I'd love to loan a horse out here, somewhere in Vaud, as you say, coming from the UK this is common practice..
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Re: Loaning a Horse

I know this is very late after your original , post but thought I would take a chance.we are looking for a horse share, care arrangement. Are you still interested and if son where is your horse located.
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