Horses and the Law

September 2010 - Posts

Giving Thanks

When the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games come calling at your doorstep (7.5 miles from home at the Kentucky Horse Park, to be exact) it is almost obligatory to write about the event. The difficulty is that most of the legal issues associated with the Games are interesting only to attorneys: the legal wrangling involved in bringing the games to Kentucky in the first place, the vastly different reactions... Read More

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A Paperwork Mountain

In Thunder Road (the movie, not the Bruce Springsteen song) Robert Mitchum played a Kentucky moonshiner trying to evade federal agents—the "revenuers" trying to collect whiskey taxes. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a comprehensive overhaul of health care signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this year, may make us all "revenuers." There is nothing in the new legislation... Read More

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A New Definition For "Faulty Tack"

We all know what "faulty tack" means. It is saddles and bridles and girths and stirrup leathers that are broken or so old and decrepit that they are about to break. Faulty tack is unsafe tack. In Maine, though, thanks to a federal district court judge, "faulty tack" may have an entirely different meaning. Forty-six states have some sort of equine activity law that can be raised as a defense in a personal... Read More

Is Your Horse A Service Animal?

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." This familiar sentiment generally is credited to Sir Winston Churchill, although he might have borrowed the idea from Theodore Roosevelt. Ronald Reagan, a cowboy at heart, certainly laid claim to it after he became president. No matter who came up with the quote, it is undeniably true. Anyone who doubts that fact... 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.