Horses and the Law

Finding Fault

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

Investigative Timeline

Keith Dane, Director of Equine Protection for HSUS, talks about the undercover investigation of abuse at the stable of a prominent trainer of Tennessee Walking Horses.... Read More

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Medication Follies

Trainers who cheat should be punished, but where do you draw the line? Is it fair to discipline a trainer for a positive drug test when there is general agreement that he was not directly involved? Or to suspend a trainer based on veterinary records when there are no positive drug test results?... Read More

Ag-Gag Update

An undercover investigator for the Humane Society of the United States exposed abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses. So-called "ag-gag" laws written to protect agricultural operations from the prying eyes of outsiders would stifle similar clandestine investigations. ... Read More

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.... Read More

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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?... Read More

Litigating The Derby

Dancer's Image finished first in the 1968 Kentucky Derby, but lost the winner's share of the purse and the trophy after a protracted legal battle over a disputed drug test. The controversy changed racing forever. ... Read More

Across the Pond

The Animals Act is England's national equivalent to state equine activity laws in the United States. The idea is to make horse owners liable for equine-related personal injuries in some--but not all--situations.... Read More

Ethical Dilemma

Two horses were euthanized after falls during the Grand National Steeplechase in England. Is it unethical to watch equine sports because there is a risk of injury or death to horses and riders?... Read More

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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?... 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.