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The Also-Rans

Trainer liability for rider injury, noneconomic damages, and slavery for whales were among the topics that failed to make the cut for the "Best of 2011" list....

Sentimental Journey, Part 2

Allowing an owner to recover damages for the sentimental value of an animal harmed by someone's negligence is the first step down a slippery slope leading to reduced access to affordable veterinary care, according to opponents of non-economic awards. ...

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When Foals Attack

Can "normal" behavior by a foal be the basis for a successful personal injury lawsuit? An appellate court in New York said "no." ...

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Gentle Is As Gentle Does

It’s every horse owner’s nightmare: You have a dead broke horse that you allow a friend to ride. The friend manages to fall off and is injured. Lawyers and insurance companies get involved. You and your now former friend wind up on opposite sides of a personal injury lawsuit. What are the responsibilities of a horse owner in a situation like this one, when a friend utters the fateful words "can I ride...

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Still Property After All These Years

Horses and other animals are the personal property of their owners. This is a basic tenet of the law in all 50 states and it means that the owner of a horse, or a dog, or a cat that is harmed by someone else can win only the economic value of the animal in a successful lawsuit. Monetary recovery for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship generally are not available for the...

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Placing A Value On Your Horse

How much is your horse worth? Or your dog? Or the barn cat that serves as a resident rodent control professional? Animals are the personal property of their owners, and because property can be bought and sold, an objective value for your horse is fairly easy to calculate. Fair Market Value (FMV) is the price that a willing buyer would pay and a willing seller would accept. FMV, in other words, is what...

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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.