Horses and the Law

February 2011 - Posts

The Oath Or The Slammer

A few months ago, the Executive Board of the American Veterinary Medical Association approved a change in the oath administered to new veterinarians in an effort to "clearly identify animal welfare as a priority" for the profession. The revised portion, with changes in bold type, now reads: "Being admitted to the practice of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills... Read More

Finders, Keepers?

"Finders, keepers" is one of the fundamental principles of playground property law, but does it also apply to a stray horse that wanders onto your farm? That question came up during an equine law class that I teach every spring in the Business Department at the University of Louisville. The answer depends on state law, but it’s safe to say that in most cases the person who finds a stray horse does... Read More

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Trainer Liability

If you train riders in any discipline, at any level, a recent decision from an appellate court in California should give you pause. In November 2006, while competing in a two-star eventing competition at Galway Downs near Temecula, California, 17-year-old Mia Eriksson was killed during the cross country phase. Her horse, Koryography, fell at a water jump and the rider came off over the animal’s head... Read More

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Good Fences, Good Neighbors

There was a terrible mishap on a Kentucky back road a few days ago. A sport utility vehicle struck a loose horse that was wandering on the highway, knocking the horse into the other lane, where the unfortunate animal was hit a second time by an on-coming auto. That vehicle veered back into the lane where the horse first was struck and collided head-on into a third vehicle. One driver was killed and... 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.