Horses and the Law

Do Your Duty

Vets who suspect animal abuse or neglect are required to report their suspicions in some states, allowed to make reports in others, and prohibited from doing so under most circumstances in Kentucky. It's a loophole in the law that should be closed. ... Read More

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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." ... Read More

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A Whale Tale

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals argues that whales in captivity are slaves under the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If they're right, where does that leave horses and other animals? ... Read More

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We The People

A new online resource provides an easy way for people to complain directly to the Obama Administration about horse slaughter, wild horse roundups, or almost any other issue.... Read More

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Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

The shooting of a horse wandering on a highway in rural Kentucky by an officer from the Sheriff's Department emphasizes the need for better training for police and animal control officers.... Read More

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Reining In Animal Control

Seizures of horses and other animals from rescues are uncommon, but not unheard of. Is it reasonable to expect some minimum level of competence for animal control officers who investigate allegations of abuse and neglect?... Read More

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. ... Read More

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New Ways of Thinking

Ending horse slaughter in the United States was a "well-intentioned" effort with "disastrous" consequences, according to animal behaviorist and autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin.... Read More

Eyes Wide Open

The current legal status of horses as the personal property of their owners is at odds with the animal rights movement. ... Read More

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We’re Back!

Horses and the Law is back with a new emphasis on opinion and commentary regarding legal issues affecting the equine community.... Read More

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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.