ASSUMPTION OF RISK
In consideration of the equine services being provided by Guest Services, Inc., its officers, trustees, agents and employees, (collectively referred to as "Guest Services" or “We”, or “Us”), I agree as follows:
Although Guest Services has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and skilled guides so I can enjoy equine-related recreation, I understand that this activity has risks. Certain risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of this activity. The same elements that contribute to the unique character of this activity can be causes of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death.
We do not want to frighten you or reduce your enthusiasm for this activity, but we do think it is important for you to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the inherent risks. Before proceeding, we ask that you acknowledge that there are various risks involved in horseback riding, and you assume responsibility for these risks. The following describes some, but not all, of those risks:
- Horses may lose foothold (slipping)
- Horses may react to animals such as dogs or deer
- Horses may kick and/or bite
- Horses can buck
- Horses can step on people’s feet
- Horses are large animals which can exhibit unpredictable behavior
I am aware that horseback riding entails risks of injury or death to myself. I understand the description of these risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated risks may result in injury or death. I agree to assume responsibility for the risks identified herein and for those risks not specifically identified. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, no one is forcing me to participate, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks.
I understand there are prerequisites to participate in this activity:
- Riders must be 2½ years of age and be at least 30” in height.
- Riders must wear appropriate footwear (hard-soled boot or shoe with a small heel).
- Riders must wear long pants
- Riders must wear an ASTM/SEI Certified riding helmet at all times when mounted.
I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume full responsibility for myself, including my minor child(ren) or those under my guardianship, for bodily injury, death and loss of personal property and expenses thereof as a result of those inherent risks and dangers of participating in this activity.
I have read, understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and acknowledge that this Agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate and for all members of my family, including any minors accompanying me.
I further understand that the Rock Creek Park Horse Center reserves the right to refuse to accept any person it judges to be incapable of participating in the activities, or inappropriate for the program.
Date: December 2, 2023