Horses and the Law

Horse Industry Defamation Follow-up: Your Questions Answered

Attorney Rachel Kosmal McCart follows up last week's post about defamation in the horse industry by answering frequently asked questions.... Read More

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You Can't Say That! Or Can You?

Gossip in the horse world--you know it happens about horses, trainers, vets, shoers, breeders, and more. Here's what horse people need to know about defamation.... Read More

Horse Boarders' Rights (or Lack Thereof)

What are your rights when you're boarding your horse?... Read More

It's Been Fun

"Doing the right thing" seems to be a rare occurrence in the horse business these days, to the point that it's becoming a media event.... Read More

With Apologies To Rod Serling

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

Defining Liability

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

The Lemming Defense

Federal law requires employers to pay overtime wages when an employee works more than 40 hours a week. Should the rule apply to workers in the horse business? ... Read More

A Shot Across The Bow

Segments of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry claim the USDA's new rule requiring mandatory minimum penalties for soring violations is unconstitutional.... Read More

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Dogs And The Law

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

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Mandatory Minimums

Comments from the public played an important role in the USDA's decision to implement a new rule requiring minimum penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act.... 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.