WARNING:Under the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002, an equine professional is not liable for injury to, or the death of, a participant in an equine activity that results from an inherent risk of the activity. This is subject to limitations set out in the Act.
Welcome to Kerrabee!
The following guidelines are intended to acquaint agisters with the policies that apply on Kerrabee. Please feel free to speak to us at any time about your concerns. We welcome new suggestions and ideas.
Notes for Arrival
- Please organise your arrival to coincide with normal office hours, or else make arrangements with the office prior to your arrival.
- Before your horse goes into a paddock it must be drenched on arrival, and be kept in a yard for 24 hours. For paddock agisters, yard access can be organised on or before your arrival.
- A deposit is required for each horse - payable on or before your arrival.
- Agistment is payable one month in advance. Please organise to pay your first month’s agistment on or before your arrival. We do not mail accounts.
- Please allow adequate time to familiarise your horse with any new paddock environment (see below in Horse Safety)
Departure & Changes in Agistment
- Please provide one months notice of your departure from Kerrabee. Agistment will be charged for a minimum of one month after this notice is received. Notice can be provided over the phone, however it is recommended that you visit the office in person.
- Horses are not to be moved to stables, yards and other paddocks without prior approval through the Office.
- If horses are to be moved off the property for a short time please notify us to save unnecessary concern on our part when stock and paddock checks are undertaken. Payment for agistment is required during absence or you will forfeit your place.
Contact Information and Details
- Please supply identification details including a side-on photograph of your horse/s and a veterinarian preference; prior to commencement of agistment.
- Ensure that we have your current address and telephone numbers so that you may be contacted in case of emergency. Please inform us if these change.
- In the case of an emergency we will attempt to reach you. If you cannot be contacted and veterinary attention is necessary, where possible the veterinarian of your choice will be contacted.
- Agistment is payable one month in advance.
- We do not mail accounts, however we are happy to provide you with account information at any time by contacting the office.
- If and when your horse is shod, please make sure that your farrier picks up and removes all shoes and sharp metal clippings, as these may cause injury or puncture tyres if they are left lying around.
- Please take any rubbish home with you. We supply a limited number of rubbish bins but would prefer that you remove all rubbish independently.
- If you make a mess, please respect other people and clean it up straight away. This includes removing manure from tie up areas.
- Please do not leave rubbish lying around in paddocks. If you see rubbish please collect it and place it in a rubbish bin.
- Please take great care when separating your horse from a group. Horses milling around, vying for attention can be very dangerous both to other horses and to you. Be wary about kicking and biting at these times.
- You are required to wear approved safety head gear and riding boots at all times when mounted.
- There is to be no galloping on the property as this may disturb other horses and/or stock. If you wish to gallop your horse please use Stromlo Forest
- Please remain at a walk when moving horses outside any arenas – including the indoor arena.
- Dogs are not allowed on Kerrabee. Please leave your dog at home. Please report any stray dogs immediately - they are a hazard to all stock including horses.
- Kerrabee is a smoke free environment. Smoking is only permitted in your car in the car park area.
- It is best not to ride alone or after dark (in case of accidents). However, if alone ensure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to return.
- When introducing horses to a new paddock, walk the fence line together to show your horse the boundary and where water is located. Horses should not be placed in a new paddock close to dark, if necessary retain in a yard over night (be sure to supply feed and water).
- When releasing your horse take him to where he can see the other horses in the group to save him searching frantically for his paddock companions.
- All horses should be attended to regularly by their owner. Finding alternative supervision while on holiday or out of town is the responsibility of the owner. You must advise us who is in charge of your horse during your absence and advise us of their contact numbers in case of emergency.
- If you rug your horse you should check daily that rugs are secure and that they are not rubbing your horse. Deep rug sores can occur quickly and may permanently injure your horse.
- Horses should be separated from the group to be fed and must be either held by a halter or tied.
- When outside of their paddock, horses must remain under control at all times. A halter and lead rope must be used when moving your horse.
- Regular drenching is required every 6-8 weeks. A notice is posted when this is required. Please consult your veterinarian about drench rotation and coordinate with other agisters in your paddock. Drench horses together to keep worm loads to a minimum. All horses should be drenched on the same day or within a weekend period. Further time delays reduce the effectiveness of drenching. It only takes one undrenched horse in a paddock to increase worm loads significantly for other horses. We can arrange veterinary clinics at reduced cost to the individual for stomach drenching etc., if required.
- On advice from your veterinarian annually immunise your horse against tetanus and strangles.
- Owners must recognise that they will need to provide feed for their horses in accordance with the season and pasture available.
- Overweight horses are not to be left in yards without food and water. Starvation stress can lead rapidly to colic and death. Owners should seek veterinarian advice on the management of an overweight horse/s. Horses “locked up” should be fed twice daily (usually with a bulk feed such as meadow hay). They should be exercised. Owners of horses in yards and the founder paddock are responsible for keeping them clean. Manure is to be removed at least once daily.
- Riding on Kerrabee is permitted anywhere north of the Creek. Maps of the property are available from the office.
- Please close gates securely when riding or driving through them. Please leave gates as you find them.
- Riding on Kerrabee apart from exceptional cases (with prior arrangement) is restricted to current agisters only.
- When riding please do not disturb stock, lambing ewes may abandon their lambs if disturbed.
- Cars are to be driven on roads or tracks at all times. Please do not drive across paddocks as this may damage pasture and lead to soil erosion. There are many places with soft surfaces where vehicles can get bogged.
- Whilst we will take every precaution to ensure safety for you and your horse/s you are advised that all activities carried out by you and your horse/s on Kerrabee are at your own risk.
- Do not ride or interfere with other agister’s horses without their permission.
- Be sure to turn off taps properly. Dripping taps waste large amounts of water. If you notice water in unusual places please report it immediately. It may indicate a broken pipe in the trough reticulation system.
- Lessons may be arranged with any of our instructors. Please ask about the protocols for using other instructors.
- Water on Kerrabee is obtained from a bore – the water is suitable for drinking however you may notice a slight difference in taste.
- Help with weed control – Controlling weeds on the property is a constant and ongoing challenge. Please be aware that many lower cost horse feed contains high levels of weed species and their seed, which in turn ends up in our paddocks. By choosing the feed you provide your horse carefully, you can help make our job in controlling weeds easier.
- Please report any breaks in fencing or apparent problems with horses/stock as soon as possible.