For instance, if your horse gets loose in the road and causes an accident or injures someone at a show, you could be held liable. If you own horses but do not operate a commercial horse business, consider purchasing private horse owner liability insurance, which can protect you against legal claims that your horse caused bodily injury or property damage to someone either on or off your premises. If your horse will ever come into contact with people, it is advisable to purchase this coverage.
A typical equine liability insurance policy includes the following:
- Coverage that applies on or off your premises in the U.S., Canada and U.S. territories
- Liability coverage with defense costs, with coverage up to $1 million
In order to qualify for coverage under a private horse owner liability policy, you need to fulfill certain conditions. The policy does not provide coverage for the following types of horse owners. Ask the Horton about other types of coverage, such as commercial equine liability coverage, if you are one of these types of owners:
- Racehorse owner
- Trainer or riding instructor
- Trainer, breeder or stable owner
- Veterinarian, animal hospital, domestic pet breeder, kennel or animal cemetery
- Coverage also does not apply if you use horses with a carriage, buggy or similar vehicle.
In addition, there are several other points to consider when purchasing equine insurance:
- Your horse must be between the ages of 24 hours and 17 years to insure it for full mortality. For horses over the age of 18 years, extended named perils coverage is available.
- If the owners of the place where you board your horse have care, custody and control coverage, you are not protected by their policy. It covers them in the event your horse is injured or killed and you claim negligence. A full mortality policy is appropriate for protecting your investment.
- You can insure your horse for its fair market value or any lesser amount. If your horse has been training and competing, its value may have increased. You can substantiate this value by submitting a competition record, breeding record or opinion by a professional equestrian.
The considerable time and money you invest in your horse is too important to go unprotected. All risk mortality and theft coverage will reimburse you for the death, theft or humane destruction of a covered horse.