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Having your horses properly cared for while you’re away presents challenges

Having your horses properly cared for while you’re away presents challenges

The holiday season offers plenty of opportunity for visiting family and friends, or even going on a winter vacation. For horse owners, though, going out of town for any reason can cause a particular problem. Who will take care of the horses? Who will feed and water them? Who will turn them out into pasture, […]

Slaughterhouse issue remains unresolved in the U.S.

Slaughterhouse issue remains unresolved in the U.S.

Some time ago, we visited the subject of horse slaughterhouses in the United States. Since then, there have been some recent developments of which every horse owner should be aware. Granted, the issue of horse slaughter is often hotly contested and emotions run high on both sides of the debate. There are pro’s and con’s […]

Laws vary on who is responsible if an escaped horse causes damage

Laws vary on who is responsible if an escaped horse causes damage

Recently, a client of mine who lives in an area damaged by Hurricane Irma found himself in a frightening situation. The fence in his pasture was damaged during the hurricane and one of his horses got out, finding its way onto a public highway. Luckily, a good Samaritan helped to capture and return the horse […]

Options available for your horses when you can no longer keep them

Options available for your horses when you can no longer keep them

Jane Doe got a bonus from work and indulged her dream of owning a horse, spending the extra money on a beautiful mare. She soon realized, however, that the monthly expenses and time commitment of horse ownership were more than she could handle. * * * Joe Smith takes good care of his horse, spending […]

Abandonment: A look at how the law views horses left to fend for themselves

Abandonment: A look at how the law views horses left to fend for themselves

Picture this: One day, when you go to bring your two horses in from the pasture, you find a third horse – one you don’t recognize – grazing contentedly alongside yours. What do you do? Or suppose you agree to board a horse for someone, but after a couple of months, that person stops paying […]

LIABILITY LAWS

LIABILITY LAWS

Last month, we began a journey along the winding roads of Equine Activity Liability Laws (EALLs) and discovered how those complex paths can often lead to litigation. As mentioned, EALLs, adopted by all but a handful of States, are laws intended to limit the liability of those hosting or sponsoring equine activities for injuries caused […]

A Closer Look at Equine Activity Liability Laws

A Closer Look at Equine Activity Liability Laws

In past articles, we have taken a general look at Equine Activity Liability Laws and how they are intended to operate. As an equine attorney, I would estimate that at least half of the questions people ask have to do in some way with Equine Activity Liability Laws. Consequently, in the next few articles, I’d […]

Important Factors to Consider When Buying, Selling at Auction

Important Factors to Consider When Buying, Selling at Auction

In a previous article, we considered live horse auctions and some of the legal issues that might be encountered. In recent years, however, online horse auctions have grown increasingly more popular. Although I touched briefly on the subject in my last article, given the particular legal complications that can arise with online auctions, they certainly […]

There are important factors to consider when buying, selling at auction

There are important factors to consider when buying, selling at auction

In previous articles I looked at problems that can arise in horse sales in general. However, there is one form of horse sale not considered but which certainly merits a bit of attention —the auction. Horse auctions provide both buyers and sellers with certain advantages to private sales, but also come with their own set […]

When good horse sales go bad; Is there any recourse?

When good horse sales go bad; Is there any recourse?

Joe Jones is buying a pony for his young daughter. He’s looking for a gentle animal who’ll be easy to handle. He finds the perfect pony who seems to have a great temperament. The seller assures him it is as docile as a lamb. He signs the papers, hands over the money, and takes the […]

What to consider when you think you witness animal abuse

What to consider when you think you witness animal abuse

With the warm weather upon us, equine activity is on the rise. We see more riding, more showing, and more interaction with other horse owners. But what happens when we see too much? Suppose you are a witness to, or suspect horse abuse or cruelty? Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that some people, either out of ignorance or ill-intent, […]

Equine Experts

Equine Experts

Economic times are tough and horse ownership is expensive.  In recent years it has become more common for people to try to defray the cost of horse ownership by using their horses to earn some money on the side. Maybe it’s a young college student who decides to offer horse-drawn wagon rides on his family […]

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