Horses and the Law

December 2009 - Posts

Looking Back At 2009

Reflection on the past 12 months is a popular activity right now. It’s that time of year, and it doesn’t require a lot of real work over the holidays. Happy New Year! The Feds: The Department of Homeland Security rescinded the so-called "no-match rule" requiring employers to fire all employees whose information did not match Social Security records. The horse industry, a significant employer of foreign... Read More

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Placing A Value On Your Horse

How much is your horse worth? Or your dog? Or the barn cat that serves as a resident rodent control professional? Animals are the personal property of their owners, and because property can be bought and sold, an objective value for your horse is fairly easy to calculate. Fair Market Value (FMV) is the price that a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept. FMV, in other words, is what... Read More

Racing In China

I lived and travelled in China for two years during the mid-1980s. It was a fascinating time to be in that country—after decades of isolation, China finally was opening its doors to the West. Evident everywhere, though, was an almost total lack of regard for animal welfare. From Kashgar in the west, where I saw shop after shop selling pelts from endangered snow leopards; to the live animal markets... Read More

‘Tis the Season to be Wary

Maybe it’s the state of the economy, with buyers on the lookout for ways to cut corners and cheaters trying to avoid honest work by coming up with more and more schemes to fleece the unsuspecting. Or maybe it’s the Internet, where distance and anonymity breed a peculiar mixture of trust and vulnerability. Or maybe we’re just more gullible than we used to be, or at least more willing to talk about being... Read More

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Time Is Running Out

The tax man giveth, and the tax man taketh away. Two important federal income tax benefits that make the purchase of business-related equipment and horses more attractive to horse owners are scheduled to expire at the end of 2009. Extension of the tax breaks into 2010 is possible but unlikely, given the fact that Congress is embroiled in what will be an all-consuming debate over health care reform... 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.