Horses and the Law

October 2010 - Posts

Getting Out The Vote

"We need tougher animal protection laws!" This is one of the few mantras that almost everyone in the animal welfare/animal rights movements can agree on. The question is how do you do it? Laws are passed by legislators who supposedly represent their constituents, not by the voters themselves, and therein rests the problem. With mid-term elections a week away and voting already underway in some states... Read More

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Drug Testing Behind The Scenes

Everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief a few days ago when it was announced that none of the horses tested during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games showed evidence of prohibited substances. This does not mean that no horse competed with the assistance of a prohibited substance in its system during the Games. Testing all 752 horses every time they competed over 16 days would have been prohibitively... Read More

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Presumed Guilty

A serious breach of security apparently occurred at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games the evening before the Marathon phase of the Driving competition. Sometime during the night, one or more individuals vandalized the carriage of driver IJsbrand Chardon from the Netherlands. Seat cushions were slashed and there was concern that the mechanics of the carriage had been sabotaged. Chardon requested... Read More

Supply And Demand

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games attracted a reported 234,243 people to the Kentucky Horse Park during the first week, including a record 50,000-plus on cross country day for eventing. It is difficult to know whether those numbers are good or bad because there have been no similar events on American soil for comparison. It also is hard to know for certain how many people actually paid to get... 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.