Horses and the Law

Amish Tragedy

A child was killed and three other family members were injured when a tractor-trailer truck slammed into the back of a horse-drawn Amish buggy in Western Kentucky. ... Read More

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An Honest Mistake

Marble Cliff's victories and earnings were forfeited when it was discovered that his certification as an Ohio-foaled Thoroughbred was an error. Ironically, a court ruled that the horse was worth less as a Kentucky-bred than as an Ohio-bred. ... Read More

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A House Divided

Sometimes overlooked in the debate about horse slaughter for human consumption is whether the special cultural status enjoyed by horses in the United States should translate into enhanced legal protection.... Read More

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More From The GAO

Statistics from the Government Accounting Office do not support the pro-slaughter argument that closing processing plants in the United States contributed to an equine overpopulation crisis. ... Read More

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Not In My Backyard

Ending the slaughter of horses in the United States has had little impact on the total number of horses slaughtered in North America, according to numbers from the Government Accounting Office.... Read More

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Sharing The Road

Horse-drawn buggies are subject to state traffic laws despite objections based on strict Amish religious beliefs, according to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.... Read More

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Legislative Obfuscation

Passage of the Government Litigation Savings Act will make it more difficult for animal welfare advocacy groups to sue federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management.... Read More

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Home Is Where The Heat Is—Or Not

Are the horses simply more personal property that can be sold over the owner’s objection to help satisfy debts, or should horses receive special consideration in a bankruptcy? ... Read More

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Inherently Risky?

Equine Activity Liability Laws are a legislative mandate that riding or other horse activities are dangerous and that participants in the activities assume the risk of being injured—if the injury results from an "inherent risk." Sounds good, but what, exactly, are inherent risks of an equine activity? Some are obvious. Being kicked or being bitten or falling off, for example, are risks that cannot... Read More

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New York, New York

Legislators in Suffolk County are adding teeth to the country’s first animal abuse registry and state lawmakers are trying to ban horse-drawn carriage rides in the city of New York. Suffolk County, located on the eastern end of Long Island, last year became the first municipality in the country to require individuals convicted of animal abuse to add their names to a government database. There are legal... 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.