Horses and the Law

April 2012 - Posts

Across the Pond

The Animals Act is England's national equivalent to state equine activity laws in the United States. The idea is to make horse owners liable for equine-related personal injuries in some--but not all--situations.... Read More

Ethical Dilemma

Two horses were euthanized after falls during the Grand National Steeplechase in England. Is it unethical to watch equine sports because there is a risk of injury or death to horses and riders?... Read More

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Inherent Risks

State equine activity liability laws reduce personal injury lawsuit numbers by legislatively mandating the assumption of many risks by participants. But do the statutes provide too much protection for farm owners and competition sponsors?... Read More

Worth 1,000 Words

New technology and the Internet have changed the nature of horse show photography in a fundamental way. Copyright laws that protect a photographer's right to earn a living are still alive and well, but no one seems to notice anymore. ... 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.