Horses and the Law

January 2010 - Posts

Those Other Abandoned Horses

Attention directed toward the plight of abandoned horses has centered on those animals left without food and water and veterinary care in fields or stalls, or those horses simply turned loose by their owners to fend for themselves. These unfortunate horses are the most visible representatives of a burgeoning problem and they deserve all the help we can muster. Largely ignored are another group of horses... Read More

Cub Scout Terrorists and "Sored" Horses

"Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me" is an insanely funny question and answer program of political and social satire broadcast on National Public Radio. Last weekend host Peter Sagal reported on the strange case of Mikey Hicks, an eight-year-old Cub Scout from New Jersey who happens to be on a Transportation Security Administration watch list because he shares his name with a suspicious person. Due for... Read More

Kudos to the Bluegrass Conservancy

The Bluegrass Conservancy reached an important milestone recently—10,000 acres of farmland protected from future commercial development in Central Kentucky. This means that a substantial chunk of land being used for agriculture today will continue to be used for agriculture by future generations. This is good news for those of us who value the area’s horse farms and general rural character, bad news... Read More

Standing to Sue

You can sue anybody for anything, no matter how goofy the claim, so long as you can make your way to the court clerk’s office and pony up the filing fee. That’s what I tell students in my undergraduate equine law classes, and it’s true—up to a point. Securing a place on the court docket is easy, but it is only the first step in what may become a very complicated and time consuming legal process. Filing... 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.