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Welcome Pack and Yard Rules

In your welcome pack, as well as the yard rules there is also a section that you need to complete, it requests your horse’s details and your emergency contact details.

Welcome to Court Bank Farm, we are a British Horse Society ‘Highly Commended’ DIY Livery Yard.

We require a copy for our records.  Please keep a copy for yourself.

We wish you and your horse a happy and healthy stay with us.

Nobody likes too many rules; we all like to rely on our own common sense. 

Sadly, though, we in the equestrian community don’t all share the same expectations and understanding of how things should be done in the yard. At risk of pointing out the obvious, we have compiled a list of rules and guidance’s on how the livery yard will be run and on what we might expect of each other.

Our aim is not to be unfriendly, but to be clear on our standards and to provide a livery yard that is clean, safe and functions smoothly to the benefit of all clients.

Communication

Emergencies only – Andy 0796 886 4238 (do not text under any circumstances)

Any other business – email in confidence – info@courtbankfarm.com

The notice boards are used for any updates.

 

Health & Safety Statement

Horse ownership is not without inherent dangers and as such all activities within the yard is performed at your own risk.  We endeavour to maintain the facilities to a safe standard but users must observe the following mandatory rules and any additional instructions that may be given.

The facilities must be used in a sensible and safe manner.

Children under the age of 14 are not permitted in the yard unless they are under the supervision of an appropriate adult.

Riders under the age of 18 must have parental or guardian consent.

Any activity on the premises is at your own risk.

Riding without a riding hat (to current British Standards) and suitable footwear is not permitted at any time.

It is advised that Owners/Riders should wear their riding hat and gloves when turning out and bringing in their horses.

It is not recommended that owners turn out or bring in other than in daylight hours.

It is advised that suitable Hi Viz clothing should be used when you are walking or hacking on the farm.

All visitors must sign the visitor’s book in the reception areas.

Please keep to the site speed limit of 5mph.

It is your responsibility to maintain and look after your gate fob – if it fails you will need to replace it yourself.

No lighting of fires.

Be aware of the location of electric cabinets, fire extinguishers, water isolation points, emergency sounders, notice boards and fire assembly points.

The Yard has a no smoking policy.  

All signage must be adhered to.

First aiders are appointed on the yard.

CCTV is fitted around the yard and stables for the safety, welfare, and security of all persons on the yard and to maintain its upkeep.

All rubbish to be removed and taken home immediately.

Liveries must ensure Court Bank Farm is provided with up to date registration forms, copies of insurance and vaccination records for your horse.

Do not tamper with any pest control equipment.

Beware of machinery and contractors working on the farm.

All paddocks are surrounded by electric fencing.

In an emergency, vehicles are allowed to drive along all tracks.

If the vet requires low-level lighting – then move your horse to the farrier room.

Make yourself aware of your stables postal address and Air ambulance landing points.

No riding in the buildings.

  

Yard Rules

The Yard means all areas and facilities used by the Owners/Liveries at Court Bank Farm which includes the stables, menage, round pen, and fields. 

The Yard is a British Horse Society (BHS) approved facility and we require that all Owners handle and manage their horses in accordance with BHS best practice guidelines at all times.

Any injuries, accidents or damage must be reported to the owners as soon as possible.  If the owners are not available at the time of the incident, please ensure that you write the details in one of the Accident books provided.

We will endeavour to keep the Yard clean and tidy, but Owners/Riders and their helpers are responsible for ensuring that the area around their stable, the front of their tack room and other areas used by them are kept clean and tidy. (See appendix)

Waste water should be tipped into the muck trailer or midden and not on the yard.

No plastic or string etc on the muck heap.

Keep your hay/forage area clean and tidy. (1 pallet per stable more pallets on request)

Use rakes to clean gravel areas.

Tools and barrows to be kept in designated areas.

Muck must be thrown up when you empty your barrow on the muck heap.

All vehicles are to be parked in designated parking areas (see appendix).

Any vehicles left at owner’s risk.

No unauthorised parking overnight.

All persons and vehicles should take special care around the site to avoid any accidents.

Court bank farm yard has a one-way system for all pedestrians and feed/hay merchants, there are also specific direction rules for horse lorry and horse trailers. (See appendix)

Please ensure taps are not left running or unattended, and any rubbish is taken off site daily.

Dogs are not allowed on the Yard at any time.

The back doors of buildings 2, 3 and 4 should not be used for access or egress.

Loading and unloading of horses is to only be done in the designated area (see appendix)

Alert the owners to strangers.

Stay off all grass verges – they are not to be used for grazing or car turning.

In severe weather conditions, we reserve the right to close the farm ride and request horses are kept in.

The cost of any damage caused may be charged for.

No field moving, stable moving or loan outs without prior approval from the owners.

Please respect the owner’s privacy.

The fishing pool and its tracks are for the owners use only.

Give way to vehicles when leading your horse if and where safe to pass.

Do not touch or feed anyone else’s horse without their prior consent.

Whilst hacking avoid contact with horses in paddocks

Keep an eye on the Notice Boards.

The Worm programme is compulsory.

When hacking out on the farm rides think of others.

Yard cat’s food should be put away as soon as they are fed, to help alleviate vermin.

Be respectful to our neighbours do not congregate near the main gates/sick paddock at Court Bank Farm entrance.

 

Stable Rules

Please ensure that you clear up droppings/hair etc outside your stable and in the gangways.

Nothing to be left in gangways, they must be kept clear and clean at all times.

No tying up your horse in the gangway.

Do not pick out your horse’s feet in the gangways – use your stable.

Hang hay nets on hooks provided

No items to be hung up from the bars, this includes hay nets, licks, and boots. (Head collars and a lead rope are acceptable – a head collar and lead rope must be hung outside when the horse is in their stable in case of an emergency)

No rugs to be left over the doors.

No hay/straw to be stored in the tack room.

Keep stable doors closed when not in use to keep the gangways clear.

Keep the area outside your stable clean and tidy and well swept.

No permanent wall fittings to be put up in the tack rooms ie rug racks, bridle racks etc. unless permission is sought from owners.

Livery access to stable CCTV is available at the owner’s discretion.

Please ensure stable lights are switched off.

Take precautions to prevent the spread of vermin.

Stables are not to be used for storing anything else other than your horse/pony, hay net/ hay bar, the bed, and stable toys for the floor.

No water buckets in stables as you have automatic stable drinkers.

In an emergency, you can isolate your own individual stable drinker, or the main stop taps are situated –

Blocks 1/5 – in stable 16

Block 6 – in stable 49

Block 7- in stable 54

Block 8 – by kettle

 

Menage Rules

You may not commence riding if there are droppings left in the menage by a previous rider until they have been taken to the muck heap, the muck skip and rake must be returned to the menage. (You must report this to the yard owner)

Any droppings left by you are to be removed and taken to the midden at the end of each session, the muck skip and rake must be returned to the menage.

If the droppings are in such a position that they will be buried into the surface – then they must be removed straight away.

In the event of their being more than 1 rider in the arena at any one time, the riders should take turns to dismount and pick up droppings as and when they occur and before they are buried into the surface.  

Droppings that are buried significantly reduce the lifetime of the menage surface.

Please respect the free use of the lights, only turn on when needed and turn off when you have finished.

Riding without a riding hat (to the current British Standards) and suitable footwear is not permitted at any time.

The menage is not to be used for turnout.

No lunging or loose schooling.

The gates to the menage should be kept closed (not slammed) when riding and must be closed after your session.

Be mindful of any handlers in the round pen if your horse is likely to behave excitedly.

Any accidental damage must be reported to the yard owners.

Spectators are not permitted in the menage at any time.

 All riders are entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of the menage and as such all helpers; riders and spectators should be courteous and helpful to each other.  

 No climbing on the gates or fencing.

 Keep noise to a minimum and follow BHS rules.

 

Booking

The booking diary is kept in Reception.

All sessions must be booked in the diary and you must cancel your session in the menage diary if you are unable to attend.

Please enter the name of the instructor.

Other riders must give priority to the person having the lesson.

Do not book more than a week in advance apart from lessons.

Each rider can only book the same time slot a maximum of 2 times per week during peak hours. (Mon to Fri 5pm til 8pm)

Free usage of the menage is not exclusive usage and other riders may enter the menage at any time provided that there are no more than 5 riders in the menage at any one time.

Be considerate when booking in as a 2nd,3rd,4th,5th rider – make sure the horses/riders are compatible.

We will operate a 10-minute rule – If the person who has booked the menage is 10 minutes late they will forfeit their slot, someone else may use that slot, but they must firstly put their name in the diary.

If you need exclusive use of the menage at any time this will be available outside peak hours (Mon to Fri 5pm til 8pm) at the cost of £10 per hour. Payment in advance – put in green box and is non refundable.

Any clinic dates must be agreed by the owners before being organised.

A hire fee for the instructor to hire our menage as sole use for their clinic will apply at the cost of £10 per hour. Payment in advance – put in green box and is non refundable.

 

Jumps and Dressage Boards (equipment)

The general day to day set up of the arena will be 4 to 5 fences set up in specific, non-intrusive places so that the menage is suitable for both jump and flatwork.

If you remove these fences to practice a test etc, then please put them back in the places they were before.

If you add to these fences, please remove any additions when you have finished.

Please use the gate provided to access the equipment and do not pass them over the gate.

The equipment must be looked after always and put away tidily and in the appropriate place.

 

 

Menage Etiquette

Pass left to left, except when riders are doing lateral work on the track you must give priority.

Don’t get too close to the horse in front.

If someone falls off turn in and halt.

Approaching other riders – pass left hand to left hand.

Riders at walk, work away from the track.

Halt away from the track, do not impede other riders.

Do not pass slower riders from behind – circle or turn away across the menage.

Warn all riders if you intend to leave the school.

 

 

 Round Pen Rules

You may not commence using this facility if there are droppings left by a previous user until they have been taken to the muck heap, the muck skip and rake must be returned to the Round Pen. (You must report this to the yard owner)

Any droppings left by you are to be removed and taken to the midden at the end of each session, the muck skip and rake must be returned to the round pen.

If the droppings are in such a position that they will be buried into the surface – then they must be removed straight away.

Droppings that are buried significantly reduce the life time of the menage surface.

Using this facility without a riding hat (to the current British Standards) and suitable footwear is not permitted at any time.

Please respect the free use of the lights, only turn on when needed and turn off when you have finished.

Any accidental damage must be reported to the yard owners.

Be mindful of any riders in the menage if your horse is likely to behave excitedly.

Spectators are not permitted in the round pen at any time.

Only one horse at a time is allowed.

No riding in the round pen.

The gates should be kept closed when using the round pen and must be closed after your session.

Poles and cavalettis may be used but must be put back after use.

No turnout.

Make sure horse whips and aids are kept tidy. 

At the end of your session you must use the equipment provided to level the surface.

Keep noise to a minimum and follow BHS rules.

 

Booking

The booking diary is kept in Reception.

All sessions must be booked in the diary and you must cancel your session if you are unable to attend.

Do not book more than a week in advance.

Each owner can only book the same time slot a maximum of 2 times per week during peak hours. (Mon to Fri 5pm til 8pm)

We will operate a 10-minute rule – If the person who has booked the round pen is 10 minutes late they will forfeit their slot, someone else may use that slot, but they must firstly put their name in the diary.

No longer than 45 minutes per session.

 

 

Field Rules

You may only turn out horses into fields designated by the owners.

Fields must be kept clean of Poo – we recommend it is cleaned up within 4 days.

Regularly check fencing and water troughs and report any issues including evidence of any pests.

Do not remove any horse without owner’s prior consent. (Unless in an emergency)

No hard feed to be fed in the fields. Forage is permissible during the Winter months.

No riding in the fields.

Keep gates closed or pinned back when not in use.

Don’t sit or stand on gates.

Keep the area around your muck skip clean and tidy and keep the muck in the skip levelled out at all times.

Keep the area around your field gate clean and tidy.

It is your responsibility to clear from your field any seedlings, seeds and dead leaves etc, that may be harmful to horses.

Ragwort should be pulled by hand or with appropriate tools.

 

 

Farrier/Solarium/Clipping Room Rules

Your session must be booked in the diary.

Farriers must empty water buckets into the Midden or Muck trailer – not on the gravel.

It is your responsibility that your farrier is fully insured and up-to-date with his safety equipment, insurance, and qualifications.

Please ensure that you clear up droppings/hair etc after they have finished grooming, shoeing etc. A cleaning charge of £5.00 may be made if we have to clean up any owner’s mess left in the yard.

 

Sick Paddock Rules

The sick paddock is to be used only with the owner’s permission.

The same rules apply to the sick paddock as the field rules.

 

New Owners Procedure

On arrival at Court Bank Farm, all new horses are to be contained in the isolation paddock for 1 week.

The isolation paddock has the same rules as the field rules.

New horses will need to give a worm count which will be tested, and any worming carried out if needed before entering the designated grazing paddock.

On arrival, a copy of the horse’s passport, vaccination certificate and insurance details are to be given to the yard owners for their records.

 

Payments

Cash to be put in an envelope with your name and stable number on the front can be pushed through our front door letter box between the hours of 9 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday

Rent to be paid in bank or cash only – no cheques

Rent is for the month (or part thereof) and is to be paid in advance on the 1st of the month.

 

Leaving Us

You must let us know in writing of your intention to leave.

Please ensure all rent is paid in full up to end of the following calendar month.

Make sure your gate fob is handed in before you go.

Make sure your field, hay store area, stable and tack room are cleaned out properly.

If you are expelled from the yard there will be no refund given and you will be given a date to leave the yard.

 

ANYONE FOUND TO BE ACTING IN A WAY THAT INTERFERES WITH THE SAFETY OR ENJOYMENT OF OTHERS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY EXPELLED FROM THE YARD WITHOUT REFUND OR EXCEPTION

 

All decisions made by the owners are final.

 

 

 

Court Bank Farm, Slang Lane, Cannock Wood, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 4RY

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