Horses and the Law

Due Diligence

News comes from California that a jury awarded Tom Selleck $187,000 after the actor supposedly was tricked into buying a lame show horse for his daughter. Purchase price for the 10-year-old horse, named Zorro, was $120,000; the additional jury award was compensation for board and other expenses since the purchase three years ago. Still to be determined at this writing is whether punitive damages will... Read More

Punishment--Enough or Too Much?

When Michael Vick stepped on the field a few nights ago in Philadelphia it marked his first appearance in a National Football League game in three years. The former Atlanta Falcon’s performance in his first start for the Eagles—four completions in four attempts, six plays in all—wasn’t particularly noteworthy, but the fact that he was playing at all was. Vick served almost two years in federal prison... Read More

Animal Abuse Laws--The Best and the Worst

Each of us has an obligation to report suspected animal abuse and neglect to the proper authorities. It might not be a legal obligation, but it certainly is a moral one. Self-help is not an option, no matter how well-intentioned, and may result in civil or criminal action against you. But who are the "proper" authorities? They are animal control officers, law enforcement officers, humane... Read More

Justice Delayed, Part 2

An often overlooked factor in the success or failure of legislation is the name of the law. Take "No Child Left Behind," federal legislation that was enacted during the George W. Bush administration to set a federal standard for acceptable student performance in elementary, middle, and high schools. Whether No Child Left Behind has accomplished its goals is debatable, but there is no question... Read More

Justice Delayed, Part 1

When British Prime Minister William Gladstone suggested that “justice delayed is justice denied” more than a hundred years ago, he almost certainly didn’t have the integrity of Thoroughbred racing in mind. But the idea that postponing punishment imposed for an offense simply for the sake of convenience crops up every now and then, especially when a jockey or trainer continues to win races while a suspension... Read More

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.