Horses and the Law

October 2009 - Posts

A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course, Of Course

A recent letter to the Lexington Herald-Leader offered a novel way to reduce the number of breakdowns at the race track. The writer, a self-styled "horse communicator," suggested that he can detect a horse’s injuries up to two weeks before the nature and site of the injury become apparent to a veterinarian. Utilization of this skill, the writer said, would allow sore or injured horses to... Read More

Setting A Good Example

States should not be in the business of subsidizing owners, breeders, and exhibitors who abuse or neglect their horses. That should go without saying, but it still happens. Steps are being taken in New York and Kentucky to link incentive program payments to animal welfare, and other states should follow those examples. Attracting businesses to a state by sweetening the pot with tax breaks or other... Read More

"No Match" Rule Rescinded

The so called "no match" rule has died a long overdue death. Good riddance! Introduced two years ago by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the "no match" rule was intended to up the ante for employers who intentionally, or sometimes inadvertently, hire people who are not eligible to work in the United States. The rule required verification that information provided by every... Read More

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Animal Cruelty or Free Speech?

On Tuesday, October 6, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Stevens . Although not an equine law case specifically, Stevens raises an important question that affects everyone concerned about animals: what should happen when animal welfare concerns come into direct conflict with the United States Constitution? The issue presented in Stevens is a simple one: Dog fighting... Read More

About This Blog

Equine lawyers don’t sue horses—but what, exactly, do they do? And why does it matter? Horses and the Law brings you an in-depth look at the important legal issues affecting horse owners and exhibitors today, including liability, sales and bloodstock agents, contracts and other business concerns, taxes, the animal rights vs. animal welfare debate, and legislation. If you agree with something, or even if you don’t, feel free to comment. Just keep it tasteful. And remember that Horses and the Law does not—and cannot—address your specific legal problems, and is not a source of legal advice. For that, you should contact your own attorney.