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WAIVER RELEASE

This is a sample. You will be asked to sign an up-to-date release form upon arrival:

EQUINE RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

IMPORTANT NOTICE BY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT YOU ARE GIVING UP CERTAIN LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO RECOVER DAMAGES IN CASE OF INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, ARISING OUT OF YOUR RIDING OR USE OF THE OWNER’S PONY, HORSE AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN EQUINE & OTHER FARM ON-SITE OR OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES or animals sponsored by Nookside Stables, LLC located at 500 Landisville Rd. Manheim, PA 17545, INCLUDING INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE ARISING OUT OF THE NEGLIGENCE OF YOU OR the staff or owners of Nookside Stables, LLC.

READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING IT. YOUR SIGNATURE INDICATES YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT TO ITS TERMS.

By signing this form, I hereby acknowledge on behalf of myself that I have familiarized myself with the activities that I will be allowed to participate in, and that I do hereby acknowledge and agree that I will participate in these activities without restriction or limitation. I recognize the inherent risks involved in riding and working with horses, including but not limited to: • Bites, kicks, abrasions or contusions from pony’s or horses. • Being thrown or bucked off by pony’s or horses. • Scratches or other injury from stalls or enclosures. • Scratches or other injury from grooming tools and other equine equipment and tack. • Allergic reactions to animals, hay, or other allergens. • Tripping in holes or on materials or equipment. • Slipping, falling, or otherwise being injured in the barn, in stalls, or on the grounds, which can be slippery, muddy, wet, or contain or present other hazards. I hereby specifically forever waive and release Nookside Stables, LLC, Facility or Owner or its principals and agents from any liability for injury arising out of the inherent risks from riding, working or participating in a stable environment and/or with horses, as well as from the active negligence of Nookside Stables, its principals and agents. By signing this agreement I hereby acknowledge that although there may be supervision during my time spent at Nookside Stables, LLC there will not be a nurse on the premises and Nookside Stables, LLC and its principals and agents bear no responsibility for my health or medical care. I agree to indemnify, save and hold harmless Nookside Stables, LLC and its principals and agents from and against any loss, liability, damage, attorneys’ fees, or costs that they may incur arising out of or in any way connected with either my presence or participation at Nookside Stables, LLC or any acts or omissions of Nookside Stables, LLC or principals or agents. By signing this Agreement below, I hereby acknowledge my complete understanding, agreement and consent to my presence and/or participation in the activities at Nookside Stables, LLC without restriction, without liability to Nookside Stables, LLC or its principals or agents, and with full knowledge and understanding of the disclosures, waivers, and releases herein. If I am present at and participate in the activities of Nookside Stables, LLC I do so at my own risk, no matter my age, I hereby acknowledge and agree that Nookside Stables, LLC and/or any of its principals and agents shall bear no responsibility or risk associated with injuries that could arise from my presence/participation with Nookside Stables, LLC. By signing this agreement, I give permission for pictures of our group or individually to be used on social media, advertising, and/or mailings. I understand that the Nookside Stables horses can only handle riders that are less than 300 lbs. and that all riders must be able to pull themselves onto the horse without staff assistance.

Name: _________________ Date:______ Participant’s Signature or Parental/Guardian (if under 18) : ___

Is Nookside open all day?

Visitors to Nookside Stables should only be those who have reserved a Nookside Horseback Riding Adventure or Pony Wagon Adventure through our website.

For your safety, we cannot allow visitors to simply come and go as they please.

Thank you for respecting this policy.  We look forward to meeting you at Nookside and showing you around!

How early should I arrive?

Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled Adventure departure time.  This will allow us time to check you in, fit your helmet, go over some basic rules and answer your questions!  Wagon Rides leave promptly at your scheduled Adventure time from the Nookside Hayloft.

What should I wear?

All horseback riders must wear a helmet.  Nookside provides clean, sanitized helmets for every rider.

You must also wear closed-toe shoes.  If possible, something with a heel (like a boot) is best, but sneakers will work as well.

We suggest you wear long pants rather than shorts so that your legs are most comfortable when seated in the saddle throughout the Adventure.

Please dress for the weather.

What if it rains?

If weather is going to prohibit your scheduled Nookside Horseback Riding Adventure, we will notify the person who reserved your tickets with a phone call or an email.  If we need to reschedule your Adventure, we will help you find another time to experience Nookside!

Do not assume that because it is raining before your scheduled ride, that we will cancel your Adventure.  We will contact you.

Can my children watch me ride?

Yes… and No. For the safety of all the riders and the horses, spectators may not stand along the fences to watch. We do not encourage large groups to tag along if not signed up for either a horseback ride or a pony wagon adventure.

Is there a weight limit to riders?

The Nookside Stables horses can currently only handle riders that are less than 230 lbs. If Nookside obtains a larger stronger horse for our program will add weight limit to this website. Keep checking back for changes. Riders must be able to pull themselves onto the horse without staff assistance. We do offer a platform for getting on the saddle also.

All my children are under 10, can we just ride ponies?

Pony rides are only offered through our pony wagon adventure and individually. There must be at least one adult on the adventure and all children 10 and under will get a pony ride. Limit of 5 children/adults per pony wagon adventure.

How do I schedule a pony ride?

We do not offer individual pony rides at this time …only the pony wagon adventure and please sign up online.

Can I rent your horses?

Nookside Stables does not rent horses for personal use.  All horses are trained for the Nookside Adventure courses and are not able to be rented to simply ride through our pastures.

I don't see my desired time or date available, what can I do?

If you have a group of 4 or more and do not see your desired time listed, please contact us and we will see if we can accommodate you.  We typically need 2-weeks advance notice.

If you have a smaller group and see that your preferred time is full, we are sorry but we are currently limited based on our horses and staff as to how many groups we can serve at one time.  You will have to select a different date and time.

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