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Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility

Find out what on-farm signage might help protect the people on your property, as well as you and your equine facility from potential liability....

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Unattended Children at Boarding Stables

What is the risk of having unattended minors (e.g., persons under 18) at your equine facility?...

Liability Releases: Not Worth the Paper They're Written on? Think Again!

What makes a liability release enforceable?...

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Selling a Horse on Trial: 10 Tips to Lower Your Risk

Find out ways to protect yourself when sending a sales horse out on trial....

Defining Liability

Understanding the exceptions and the definitions are essential to making sense of your state's equine activity liability law. ...

Dogs And The Law

Horse farm liability is not limited to injuries caused by horses. Dogs also can create risks for a farm owner. ...

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Finding Fault

Falling off a horse is an inherent risk of riding and does not always mean that someone, somewhere, was negligent....

Scuppy, Part 2

The "first bite rule" took a serious hit in Connecticut when the state Court of Appeals ruled that the proper question in a personal injury lawsuit was not whether an individual horse had a known history of biting, but whether horses as a species had dangerous propensities....

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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?...

Sentimental Journey

The American Veterinary Medical Association touts the value of the human-animal bond while opposing monetary awards in a lawsuit for the sentimental value of an animal harmed by someone's negligence. Would allowing non-economic damages cause more harm than good? ...

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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.