Equine Law - Guide to Equestrian Law

What is Equine Law?

Equine law is, basically, the practice of law related to all aspects of horses, horse-related activities and industries, horse businesses, horse organizations, and horse facilities. Examples of legal services related to equine law include preparing or reviewing equine-related contracts (like sales and transfer agreements), disputes and litigation related to horse transactions and injuries, tax and immigration issues for horse industry workers, animal rights matters, gaming laws, and many others.

Unique Character of Equine Law

Horses are unique in the law in that they can, under different circumstances, fill the role of a piece of personal or livestock property, a vehicle, an athlete, and others. Much as with entertainment or homeowners association law, equine law can be described as a general practice with a particular type of client. The attorneys who practice this area of law often have a broad understanding of the law in general, as well as a thorough and direct knowledge of the horse-related industries and matters.

For additional information about equine law, please review the materials below. Additionally, you can find lists of attorneys, including those who specialize in equine law, on our Law Firms page.

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Equine Law - US

  • American Equestrian Alliance - Equestrian Liability Limitation Laws

    Welcome to the American Equestrian Alliance website, a national association of horseowners, stables, farms and ranches, and Equestrian businesses.

  • Animal Legal and Historical Center - Equine Activity Liability Statutes

    This site is approaching its seventh year since creation and we are pleased with our growth. There are over 1000 full text cases (US, Historical and UK) and over 1100 U.S. statutes fully available on the site, with Michigan and California being very comprehensive. More importantly, we have over 50 topics that give the viewer directions and comprehensive explanations on some of the more interesting issues of the animal area. We also have a number of legal articles addressing a wide variety of animal topics. This is the best way for non-lawyers to access the information. The international collection continues to expand.

  • Equine Law and Horsemanship Safety - University of Vermont

    This site contains comprehensive resource materials on equine law and horsemanship safety. It is hosted by the University of Vermont. Both the legal and horsemanship materials are suitable for use by law students, lawyers, and the general public. The materials are updated each week with new law cases for horsemen within days after they have been decided by the courts and with other materials as they become available.

  • Horse Cruelty - ASPCA

    Horses have played an indispensable role in human history, yet these intelligent, sensitive animals have suffered untold abuse and neglect in work, war, and so-called entertainment. It was the sight of a carthorse being brutally beaten by his driver that spurred Henry Bergh to found the ASPCA, and we’ve since made horse protection an important focus of our work. We need your help to continue Bergh's mission to fight horse cruelty and neglect.

  • Horse Protection Act - United States Department of Agriculture

    The HPA prohibits horses subjected to a process called soring from participating in exhibitions, sales, shows, or auctions.

  • Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009

    To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.

  • US Legal - Horse Forms

    Having a horse can be a large investment. Protect your investment with horse forms and written agreements. Download the form required by your State. Free law summaries are available for all States.

Equine Law - International

  • Association of Racing Commissioners International

    Mission Statement and Vision: To protect and uphold the integrity of the pari-mutuel sports of horse racing, dog racing and jai-alai through an informed membership, by encouraging forceful and uniform regulation, by promoting the health and welfare of the industry through various programs and projects.

  • British Equestrian Federation (BEF)

    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is the national governing body for horse sports in the UK, affiliated to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of equestrian sports. It exists to provide leadership, vision and purpose in steering the direction of equestrianism. Its patron is HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

  • International Equestrian Federation (FEI)

    The primary mission of the FEI is to advance the orderly growth of equestrian sport worldwide by promoting, regulating and administering humane and sportsmanlike international competition in the traditional equestrian disciplines.

  • UK National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC)

    The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) has an important, proactive role in raising equine welfare standards nationwide. Its membership base of over 60 welfare organisations, includes equine welfare charities large and small throughout the United Kingdom as well as a multitude of organisations from the equestrian and veterinary sectors of the horse industry.

Organizations Related to Equine Law

  • American Association for Horsemanship Safety (AAHS)

    American Association for Horsemanship Safety is a nonprofit, educational association founded in July 1995. It answers a need for riding instructor certification that relates personal skills to safety and helps insulate instructors, camps, stables and guest ranches from liability suits. The AAHS offers an efficient tested method for training instructors and teaching riding. It is the only method designed to teach one person how to teach another person to ride – English or Western. AAHS offers a defensible, systematic approach to teaching horsemanship safety.

  • American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

    The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) was founded in 1954 by a group of 11 charter members who saw that together they could direct the focus of equine veterinary medicine. Today, the AAEP, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, represents an educated group of men and women who cover a broad range of equine disciplines, breeds and associations. Over 8,000 veterinarians and veterinary students in 57 countries are members of the AAEP.

  • American Horse Council

    Your national voice in Washington, D.C. The AHC is proud to be your association that represents all segments of our nation's diverse horse industry. The American Horse Council works daily to represent your equine interests and opportunities.

  • Equestrian Medical Safety Association (EMSA)

    For many years, the EMSA has provided education, research and resources to protect riders and improve safety within equestrian sports. The SRF was formed to provide a network of assistance to injured riders. In 2003, the two groups merged to form an organization that primarily works to prevent equestrian accidents, but are able to assist riders when an injury has occurred.

  • United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)

    Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts each share a personal bond with the horse. This commonality defines the membership of the United States Equestrian Federation [USEF] which serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport.

Publications Related to Equine Law

  • Equestrian Today - Equestrian Newsletter

    It gets harder to keep on top of the latest equestrian news and announcements as the number of equestrian events increases year on year, and more and more rules, regulations and legislation is announced. So, we're working hard to making things easier for you. For starters, we've set up an automatic news update system for you here, that will regularly update with the latest equestrian information.

  • The Equestrian Times - International Equestrian News Network

    You will find information and online versions of the following publications in this section: FEI Annual Report; FEI Focus (The "NEW" official quarterly magazine of the FEI launched in 2009. A colourful and informative review of equestrian sport and development initiatives around the world showcasing the many faces of horsesport and the dedication and passion that place the extended FEI Family at the root of awe inspiring endeavours).

Articles on HG.org Related to Equine Law

  • New York Equine Boarding Laws
    Those who board horses in New York, or who allow others to board horses in their stables, occasionally find themselves in legal disputes. Since equine law has grown far less commonplace than it would have been in the 19th Century, it may be difficult to find resources of information on this topic. In fact, most states do not have any statutes expressly dealing with boarding horses outside of animal cruelty provisions and zoning regulations.
  • Lack Of Complete Diversity Of Citizenship Of Members Of Equine LLCs Requires Dismissal Of Federal Action
    The issue of diversity of citizenship is of particular interest to equine ownership and contract disputes, because many equine-related entities are organized as limited liability companies (LLCs). The citizenship of LLCs is subject to a different rule than the citizenship of corporations, a distinction that may escape the attention of attorneys.
  • Legal Developments in Equestrian Law
    Legal Decisions of Interest to the Equestrian Community
  • All Environmental and Natural Resources Law Articles

    Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide discussing legal aspects related to Environmental and Natural Resources including: agricultural law, animal law, energy, environmental law, equine law, forestry and fisheries, natural resources, oil and gas.

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