Horses and the Law

February 2010 - Posts

Quantum Meru . . .What?

Is a horse owner always obligated to pay the bills for necessary goods and services arranged by a trainer but provided by a third party? Probably, at least according to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. The case involved a Standardbred owner, a trainer, a veterinarian, and a horse named River Runs Red. The issue was whether the owner was responsible obligated to pay $1,866... Read More

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Time To Take A Stand

The Jockey Club imposed the organization’s version of the death penalty on Lope M. Gonzalez a few days ago, denying the Florida Thoroughbred breeder "all privileges of The American Stud Book." The lifetime ban on registering Thoroughbred foals or submitting any documents relating to foal registration takes effect on January 1, 2011. The nearly 11-month lag between The Jockey Club’s decision to impose... Read More

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Saying "No" To NAIS

The United States Department of Agriculture announced last week that its controversial National Animal Identification System (NAIS) has gone the way of the dodo. In its place is planned a watered down version that ultimately will shift development and management of a nationwide animal identification plan into the hands of the individual states, Indian tribes, and producers. When finally implemented... Read More

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Anatomy Of A Sentence

The animal cruelty trial of Nebraska horse owner Jason Meduna has attracted a lot of attention recently. More than 200 seriously malnourished and neglected horses were removed from Meduna’s 3-Strikes Ranch, ironically promoted as a haven for rescued mustangs, almost a year ago. In January, a Morrill County jury found him guilty on 145 separate counts of abandonment of an animal and cruel neglect. Conviction... Read More

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