Pre-sale contracts when arranging trial periods

Pre-sale contracts when arranging trial periods

While car commercials abound during this time of the year, most equine enthusiasts dream of a different kind of horse power. It’s no surprise that horse sales tend to increase this time of year. In recent years, trial periods in horse sales have become an increasingly popular option. However, while trial periods are designed to […]

Recent developments in horse slaughter industry likely to bring about some changes

Recent developments in horse slaughter industry likely to bring about some changes

Horse slaughter is never a pleasant topic to consider, and it often raises a host of emotions from people on both sides of the debate. Still, it is a fact of life, and most horse owners, at some point, face the question of what to do if a horse needs to be euthanized. Slaughterhouses used […]

Lip Chains: AQHA’s ban starting in 2016 sparks debate

Lip Chains: AQHA’s ban starting in 2016 sparks debate

Whether a horse is kept for business, pleasure, or a combination, every responsible equestrian wants to make sure that their horse is treated humanely. Sometimes, however, especially in the competition and show industry, the lines get a little blurred. A short while ago, we discussed some of the issues regarding “soring” in the gaited-horse industry […]

Equine Liability Statutes: Not always all-inclusive

Equine Liability Statutes: Not always all-inclusive

As every horse owner probably knows, while horse ownership has many rewards, it also comes with its fair share of woes, including the potential for liability. In last month’s article I talked about the concepts of negligence and strict liability, and when they may apply to situations involving your horse’s behavior. After reading that article, […]

The dangers of strict liability; Knowledge of potential danger is the key

The dangers of strict liability; Knowledge of potential danger is the key

You’ve purchased a horse and you’re crazy about him, despite the fact that he has a difficult temperament. You say he’s got “spunk.” Others say he’s just downright nasty. But what does it matter, what others think—he’s your problem, right? That may be so, unless someone gets injured. Then you may have a bigger problem on your hands than just […]

Horses and taxes: Is your involvement business or pleasure?

Horses and taxes: Is your involvement business or pleasure?

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and spring is just around the corner. While many enjoy the signs of warmer weather, there is one spring ritual that most of us hate to face: Tax Time. April 15 looms ahead, and for horse owners, taxes can pose a particular challenge. Every year, I hear […]

Last but not Leased

Last but not Leased

Over the past few months, we’ve taken a long look at the process of purchasing a horse, exploring various options, considerations and pitfalls. While each purchase is unique in its own right, one fact remains the same—buying a horse is expensive! It’s not just the purchase price, but everything that comes with horse ownership…vet bills, […]

New Year, New Horse?

New Year, New Horse?

Welcome to 2015! It’s a brand new year, brimming with potential. Perhaps you decided to purchase a new horse for the New Year, or perhaps you are still thinking about it. We previously covered a host of practical considerations regarding equine purchases. Still, there are other less common aspects to equine purchases that merit a […]

Buying a Horse

Buying a Horse

The moment has come—you’ve found the perfect horse, and you can’t wait to hitch him to your Christmas tree. The seller presents you with his “standard” Purchase Agreement, assures you all is well, and hands you a pen. Just sign on the line and the horse is all yours…simple as that. Or is it? In […]

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