Horses and the Law

Rules of the Road

Horses and highways are a volatile mix and accidents are tragic. Knowing the rules of the road in your state is the first step toward staying safe on the highway.... Read More

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.... Read More

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Donations and Deductions

A recent United States Tax Court decision allowed deductions for some out-of-pocket expenses incurred by a volunteer working for an animal welfare organization. This might be good news for volunteers at equine rescues. ... Read More

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The Also-Rans

Trainer liability for rider injury, noneconomic damages, and slavery for whales were among the topics that failed to make the cut for the "Best of 2011" list.... Read More

And the Winner Is

Readers decide which equine law topics were the most important, interesting, or controversial in 2011. Some of the winners are the usual suspects; others are unexpected.... Read More

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State Of The States

Illinois has the best animal protection laws in the country, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Kentucky has the worst. Where does your state rank? ... Read More

Will of the People

What is the "will of the people" when it comes to horse slaughter legislation in Congress? It depends on who you ask.... Read More

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Fish Or Cut Bait

With a stop-gap funding ban on horse slaughter inspections left out of the new appropriations bill, there is added incentive for Congress to act on pending anti-slaughter legislation. Whether Congress can overcome its own inertia is anybody's guess. ... Read More

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Sentimental Journey, Part 2

Allowing an owner to recover damages for the sentimental value of an animal harmed by someone's negligence is the first step down a slippery slope leading to reduced access to affordable veterinary care, according to opponents of non-economic awards. ... Read More

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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? ... 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.