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Equine Law
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Welcome to our Equine Law department. Here you will find articles relating to a variety of equine law issues that affect horse professionals.

The vast majority of the current articles are focused on equine laws in the USA. However, we are in the process of gathering together equine law experts from around the world.

Equine Client Snatching When people say horrific things...
Peter J. Sacopulos, JD
Equine Client Snatching   When people say horrific things... Heidi Henry loves horses. She has been caring for them since the 1960's. She got her first barn when she was 16-years old. In 1982 she became a professional rider and trainer. Today, she owns and operates an equine facility with indoor arena where she boards and trains horses in Marseilles, Illinois. Her longevity in the business did not come without hard work and bumps along the road. One of the many problems stable owners face is competitors who are out to steal their boarders. This practice is often referred to as "client-snatching" or "boarder-snatching." Heidi has been a victim of border snatching and this article will offer advice in how you and your equine operation can safeguard to prevent such an event. . . . More
Questions for an Equine Law Practitioner - Myths Regarding Non-Profit Corporations
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Dear Ms. Fershtman: My husband and I want to set up a horseback riding program that serves disabled people. Is it true that if we set it up as a corporation, the business cannot be sued? - E.B. (Tennessee) This article will explore some common myths regarding non-profit corporations. . . . More
Can Injured Trainers Sue Horse Owners?
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Can Injured Trainers Sue Horse Owners? Horse trainers, it might seem, should expect the risk of being thrown or injured by the horses they train. Over the years, however, injured trainers have filed lawsuits against those who hired them and others. And sometimes the trainers win. . . . More
MEMBERS OUTLINE - CALIFORNIA'S HORSE SALES LAW: THE JESS JACKSON MEMORIAL
Paul B. Husband, Attorney at Law
MEMBERS OUTLINE - CALIFORNIA'S HORSE SALES LAW: THE JESS JACKSON MEMORIAL This article outlines the changes in California Business and Professions Code Section 19525 point by point and gives several suggestions for steps and changes horse professionals may want to make in their practices, policies and documents. . . . More
Questions for an Equine Law Practitioner: What Riding Instructors Should Know About Contracts
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Questions for an Equine Law Practitioner: 
What Riding Instructors Should Know About Contracts Professional riding instructors have tiring, tedious, and incredibly time-consuming jobs. Though they differ widely in their riding disciplines, teaching styles, and preferred equine breeds, many of them share one common feature - they know very little about how the law impacts what they do. Unfortunately, some of them learn the hard way when faced with a lawsuit. . . . More
Watch Out for Horse Show Liabilities
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Watch Out for Horse Show Liabilities We expect judges to appear at horse shows. But horse shows sometimes appear before judges - in a courtroom! This article discusses some of the liabilities associated with horse shows. Types of Lawsuits Here are three examples of lawsuits involving people who were injured or died at horse shows: While an outdoor horse show was in progress in Michigan, a horse in a practice pen broke away from its handler and ran loose on the grounds. Show management attempted to control the situation by . . . More
Questions for an Equine Law Practitioner Fine Tune Your Equine Lease to Avoid Legal Battles Later
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Questions for an Equine Law Practitioner

Fine Tune Your Equine Lease to Avoid Legal Battles Later People in the horse industry frequently enter into different types of lease arrangements that include pasture leases, breeding stock leases, barn or facility leases, horse leases, and many others. In all types of leases, disputes sometimes occur, giving rise to time-consuming, disruptive, and expensive lawsuits. This article explores common problems associated with equine leases and some suggestions for how a contract can avoid them . . . More
What is a Right of First Refusal?
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
What is a Right of First Refusal? The seller (or one who parted with the horse) expected a "right of first refusal" on the horse that would allow him the chance to own the horse in the future. Instead, the buyer violated the agreement by wrongly giving away or selling the horse to someone else without first offering the former owner the chance to re-purchase the horse. This article discusses the right of first refusal clause within equine sales contracts. . . . More
Questions for an Equine Law Practitioner - Laws Involving Equestrian Safety Helmets
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Questions for an Equine Law Practitioner - Laws Involving Equestrian Safety Helmets Dear Ms. Fershtman: What laws exist involving safety helmets? -- D.H. (North Carolina) This article discusses equestrian helmet laws and addresses legislation involving helmets as well as some recent court cases. The article does not address association or competition rules that involve helmets. . . . More
In Tough Financial Times -- What Can The Boarding Stable Do With an Abandoned Horse?
Julie I Fershtmann
In Tough Financial Times -- 
What Can The Boarding Stable Do With an Abandoned Horse? I own a boarding stable. Over the past few years many of our customers have been unable to pay us. Some have fallen seriously behind, and a few of them have not come to visit their horses in many, many months. We've tried to . . . More
Using a Form Contract for Your Horse Business? Watch Your State Laws
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Using a Form Contract for Your Horse Business?  Watch Your State Laws Dear Ms. Fershtman: My friend gave me some form liability releases and boarding contracts. Will they hold up? -- K.B. (No state specified) My office receives inquiries like this often. Since many people in the horse industry still buy, sell, board, train, lease, or breed horses with nothing in writing, it is always commendable when . . . More
Responding to an Accident On Your Premises
by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Responding to an Accident On Your Premises Regardless of the precautions and safety measures we undertake, the fact is that accidents still can happen and people get hurt. And if the accident happens, quick and decisive action can be needed. This article shares some ideas for responding to an incident when someone has been hurt . . . More
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