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Meeting Of The Minds

Does adoption from a horse rescue always mean a transfer of ownership, or can the rescue retain an interest in the animal? The answer depends on what the adoption agreement actually says, not what the parties think it means. ...

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We’re Back!

Horses and the Law is back with a new emphasis on opinion and commentary regarding legal issues affecting the equine community....

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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...

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Those Other Abandoned Horses

Attention directed toward the plight of abandoned horses has centered on those animals left without food and water and veterinary care in fields or stalls, or those horses simply turned loose by their owners to fend for themselves. These unfortunate horses are the most visible representatives of a burgeoning problem and they deserve all the help we can muster. Largely ignored are another group of horses...

Contracts: What You See Is What You Get

A written contract serves two important, and related, purposes: It sets out the expectations and obligations of the parties to the agreement and establishes a legal relationship between the parties. The former reduces the possibility of a misunderstanding about who will do what under the contract; the latter allows one party to seek enforcement of the contract in court if there is a breach of the agreement...

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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.