Horses and the Law

August 2010 - Posts

The Clone Wars

A 1,320-pound steer named "Doc" was named grand champion of the 4-H Market Beef Show at the Iowa State Fair recently. There is nothing remarkable about this; by all accounts Doc was a deserving champion and his handler, young Tyler Faber, was an accomplished showman. What is remarkable about the story is how Doc came into this world. Unlike all the other steers in the competition, and nearly all steers... Read More

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Risky Business

Statistics are wondrous things. Spin them one way and you can prove just about anything. Spin them another way and you can prove the opposite. A case in point: working on a farm. Conventional wisdom holds that farming is the most hazardous job in the country. But is it? A few days ago the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary results of the agency’s National Census of Fatal Occupational... Read More

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Till Death Do Us Part

With the possible exception of people featured on reality television shows, no one gets married while planning to break up. Nevertheless, current statistics suggest that one in every two marriages will end in divorce. What happens to horses and other animals when their owners’ marriage fails? What should happen? Animals are considered the personal property of their owners in every state. This legal... Read More

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Are We The Invasive Species?

The Bureau of Land Management—or "mismanagement," depending on your point of view—has come under heavy fire recently for a series of controversial "gathers" of wild horses. (The semantics of the BLM operations are interesting. Calling the roundups "gathers" conjures up a genteel process and presumably does not invoke troublesome images of wild horse herds, foals included, being driven across miles... Read More

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Getting Our Money’s Worth In Washington

"In a battle of wits, it is poor sport to fight an unarmed opponent." Humorist Mark Twain said that, although similar sentiments have been attributed to William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, and Walt Kelly’s comic strip creation Pogo. In the same vein, there is little sport in taking potshots at legislators. Everyone does it, though, because legislators are such big targets and are so easy to hit... 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.