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WAIVER RELEASE

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 through our website.  Or, if you have arranged a time with Nookside Staff through our website to enjoy Pony Rides or Wagon Rides or have a picnic and enjoy our Nookside playground.

For your safety, we cannot allow visitors to simply come and go as they please.  As a working farm with many live animals, you need to contact us to arrange your visit.

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 have the Family Pony Ride Adventure that follows the Horseback Adventure Riders and tour the farm for those who are too young, or would prefer to snap photos and take it all in. There is also a Nookside Playground, ponies, sheep and other farm animals they are more than welcome to spend their time with while you ride. Adult supervision is required for children to play at the Playground or when petting the ponies. Nookside staff are not responsible for watching children so please have another adult along who can watch your children.

Is there a weight limit to riders?

The Nookside Stables horses can only handle riders that are less than 300 lbs. Riders must be able to pull themselves onto the horse without staff assistance.

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

Yes! We have many options for you to consider! Pony Rides are available without advanced reservation on SATURDAY (10-6pm) starting May 1 for a cost of $20. We also have the Family Pony Ride Adventure that follows the Horseback Adventure Riders for kids and adults who prefer to watch and have their own experience. It blends wagon rides, up-close encounters, and pony rides for all!

Family Pony Ride Adventures and Family Wagon Adventures must be reserved online in advance. Pony Rides on SATURDAY are available on the spot and you can pay in the Nookside Hayloft.

How do I schedule a pony ride?

If all you want is a pony ride, we provide them for $20 on SATURDAYS (10-6pm) starting May 1. No reservation is necessary.

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.

Can we have a birthday party at Nookside?

Yes!  We would be glad to help your child celebrate a birthday.  We can provide:

  • pony rides,
  • access to the Nookside Playground,
  • a tour of Nookside Stables and
  • wagon rides

for all your party guests.

Please contact us through our website and we will work out a quote for your party.

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