Horses and the Law

July 2010 - Posts

A Right Or A Privilege?

Do you have a legal right to own and operate a horse-related business, or is business operation a privilege that can be granted—and taken away—by some governmental agency? Does the answer change if neighbors object to your business? The answers might have been relatively straightforward years ago, when the United States was an agricultural society and there was a lot of land and not very many people... Read More

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Billy Jack, Where Are You?

The news, nearly all of it grim, coming out of the Bureau of Land Management’s latest round of wild horse roundups in Nevada makes a person long for the return of cult movie hero Billy Jack. An ex-Green Beret who settles on an Indian reservation after his return from Vietnam, Billy Jack quickly assumes the role of protector—of the Native Americans, of the Freedom School, and of the wild horses that... Read More

The Second Stampede

A holiday parade in Bellevue, a small town in Iowa, went terribly wrong on the Fourth of July. The driver of a two-horse hitch lost control of the rig when one of his horses managed to rub the bridle off the other one and the panicked animals plowed through spectators for seven blocks. One woman, a passenger in the wagon, was killed; at least two dozen other people, ranging in age from two through... Read More

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Gentle Is As Gentle Does

It’s every horse owner’s nightmare: You have a dead broke horse that you allow a friend to ride. The friend manages to fall off and is injured. Lawyers and insurance companies get involved. You and your now former friend wind up on opposite sides of a personal injury lawsuit. What are the responsibilities of a horse owner in a situation like this one, when a friend utters the fateful words "can I ride... Read More

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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.