Your Horse, Equine Infectious Anemia, and the Law

Owners and operators on about one-third of farms, ranches, and private residences with horses have not even heard of equine infectious anemia. About another 20 percent have heard of the name of the disease but know little about it. About two-thirds of the owners or operators of boarding/training or breeding facilities were knowledgeable about the […]

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What Do You Mean Written Notice? I Posted the Sign!

Many equine professionals know that 44 states have enacted Equine Activity Statutes.  That also know that in many of those states (27 to be exact) an equine professional must post in a conspicuous place a notice about the state’s specific statute (with exact language) in order to obtain the legal benefits the legislature has extended […]

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What Happens if my Horse is Injured on a Farm?

I recently gave my four-year-old gelding some well-deserved time off from the track and sent him to a nearby farm, where he was to be turned out on a daily basis for about two months. Two weeks later I received the horrible news that my horse suffered a career-ending injury at the farm when he […]

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What to Do When There Is an Accident

The major emphasis of any risk management program should be upon how to avoid having accidents. If steps are taken by the riding instructors and other staff that prevent only one serious accident, they will have been well worth their cost and trouble. A serious accident, even if the student fully recovers with minimal pain […]

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This Writer Strongly Encourages Written Contracts

I recently purchased a filly from out of state to race in California. The seller requested full payment before allowing the filly to leave the stable and ship to my trainer in California. I paid the seller and made arrangements for a van to pick her up. However, before the van arrived to pick the […]

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The Uneasy Relationship Between Equine Activity Statutes and Releases from Liability

Before equine activity statutes were enacted beginning in the mid-1980s, the primary means an equine professional or sponsor had to protect from liability for negligence was a release from liability previously signed by the injured customer or participant. Such releases—because they are an agreement to protect the professional or sponsor from financial accountability for his […]

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The Guest Ranch Trail Ride

We read recently where there was a multi-horse accident at a large lodge in the Grand Teton area of Wyoming. We have driven by that area where they were staging the rides on our way to another ranch in Montana. As we drove by we saw no helmet, many pairs of tennis shoes, people being […]

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The Helmet Question

After the near-fatal or fatal accident involving a head injury, the question that the commercial provider of equine services will be asked, under oath, in deposition or on the witness stand will be the following:         "Were you aware that at the time of this accident there existed an item of readily available, easy-to-fit safety […]

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The Importance of a Will for Farmers and Ranchers

Most Americans, as compared with Europeans, die without a will.  Even in cases involving extensive wealth I am amazed to see the difficulty people have in taking the necessary steps to implement a will.  This is particularly an issue for farmers, owners and breeders of livestock, and horse farms.  Usually one’s principal assets are tied […]

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