Horses and the Law

January 2011 - Posts

Following Suffolk’s Lead

Every state has some version of Megan’s Law on the books. The original Megan’s Law was enacted 20 years ago in New Jersey and was named for a young girl who was kidnapped, raped, and killed by a neighbor who had a record of prior sex offenses. Other states quickly followed suit. The laws differ in detail, but generally they require a person convicted of sex crimes to register with a state agency. Information... Read More

Things May Not Be What They Seem

My family raised American Saddlebreds in Central Kentucky, at least until the late-1970s when they realized that spending several months a year at horse shows was fun but tended to create a financial black hole. We had some very nice horses, including a seal brown gelding that was Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows High Point Champion in the fine harness division for a few years. His show... Read More

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Gift or Lease?

A win in an important competition usually does not result in a lawsuit. But sometimes it does. Butterfly Painting had a good year in 2009. The horse won that year’s Virginia Field Hunter Championship and also was named Reserve Champion in the Junior North American Field Hunter Championship. It would have been an opportune time to market Butterfly Painting as a proven winner, except that no one was... Read More

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Internet Resources

The Horse occasionally fields a question from someone wanting information about what the veterinary practice act allows a non-veterinarian to do legally in the reader’s home state. That’s not a surprise. State statutes can be difficult to track down and clarity seldom is a hallmark of legislative language. Sometimes it is necessary to cross-reference several statutes and then plug in state-specific... 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.