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With Apologies To Rod Serling

"Leading trainer" honors and a state-imposed license suspension are not always mutually exclusive. ...

Defining Liability

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

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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Abuse Of Trust

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Inc. is under fire from the New York Attorney General. What's the story behind the lawsuit?...

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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Qualified Victory

Photojournalist Laura Leigh's legal battle for unrestricted access to Bureau of Land Management wild horse roundups got a boost when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to district court....

No Missouri Compromise

Veterinarians won the latest battle in the ongoing dispute over unlicensed tooth floaters when a Missouri court ruled against a lay practitioner....

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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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Devaluing The Human-Animal Bond

The strong emotional attachment humans have to their animals is recognized by courts, but the human-animal bond almost never is a basis for monetary damages in a negligence lawsuit. ...

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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.