Horses and the Law

November 2009 - Posts

Contracts: What You See Is What You Get

A written contract serves two important, and related, purposes: It sets out the expectations and obligations of the parties to the agreement and establishes a legal relationship between the parties. The former reduces the possibility of a misunderstanding about who will do what under the contract; the latter allows one party to seek enforcement of the contract in court if there is a breach of the agreement... Read More

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Horse Rescue: Are You Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?

It's an all-too-common issue these days: you take good care of your horses, providing food, water, shelter, attention, veterinary care, a farrier, the works, but your neighbor does not. What do you do? An old adage (are there any new adages?) says that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. That sounds like an unequivocal call to action, and some individuals and organizations... Read More

Negligence or Not? You Be the Judge

A farm owner in Northern Kentucky hired a tree removal service to clean up some fallen tree limbs on his property. There's nothing peculiar about this; it happens all the time. The result, though, was unexpected and tragic and led to lawsuits filed against both the farm owner and the tree removal company by the owner of a neighboring farm. As part of the clean-up process, employees of the tree removal... Read More

Too Good To Be True

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, especially if the promised benefits include a substantial tax break. On October 26, in federal district court in Utah, David Plummer, Spencer Plummer, and Terry Green entered guilty pleas on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States. The charge arose from a fraudulent tax shelter scheme called the "Mare Lease Program" that... Read More

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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.