Horses can be notable animals for support, travel, or pets. Equine law involves any legal matters related to horses or their owners, though the law in Pennsylvania isn’t always clear. If you do have a legal issue regarding your horse at any point, you’ll likely need a qualified Pennsylvania equine lawyer to represent you and protect both you and your horse. Whether there’s a dispute over a stable or a horse training contract, our team can help.
At The Animal Law Firm, we defend clients throughout the state who own pets and other animals. Sometimes, pets get caught in the middle of a dispute between divorcing couples, or someone could be found to be abusing their pet. Animals shouldn’t have to suffer in these ways, and horses are no exception. Should you have a legal matter to address involving your horse, we’re prepared to help.
Though the term can sometimes be confusing, equine law includes any dispute or legal conflict over horses or their owners. For instance, if there is a problem with a boarding contract, an equine lawyer can review the situation and determine how to proceed. Equine lawyers are well-read on the topic and regularly assist owners and other related equine staff with any horse matters that arise.
Other equine law matters we assist clients with include:
Horses can be expensive to own, maintain, train, and more. When a dispute arises over a stable’s equipment or cleanliness, this can make matters stressful and difficult. Equestrians frequently ride horses for competitions, and they must sign various contracts so they can legally own and train their horses for these purposes. When a contract doesn’t clearly outline certain regulations, you can easily find yourself in legal trouble when you shouldn’t be.
It may seem daunting to think about equine law and what this could mean for your horse, but Pennsylvania has already taken time to consider these possibilities. In 2005, the Pennsylvania General Assembly created and enacted the Equine Activity Immunity Act. This protects specific entities and individuals from being liable for damages resulting from certain defined equine activities.
For example, if you are boarding a horse and they hurt someone else on site as a result of being scared, you may not be held liable for the damages. If you knew your horse could act erratically at random times, though, you may be held liable.
While this doesn’t guarantee you won’t be held accountable for certain incidents, this act can protect you under multiple circumstances. In other words, this act can grant you immunity from liability, especially if you understand the risks involved in participating in equine activities.
This law can be a bit tricky to understand at first, and many equestrians throughout Pennsylvania regularly read through this act to ensure they’re abiding by its terms. Fortunately, our team is well-versed in the Equine Activity Immunity Act, and we are ready to assist you with any concerns or questions you have.
A: Simply put, equine law involves all types of horses and horse-related activities. Equine law prioritizes the safety and rights of horses and various related matters. For example, if a horse stable is threatened to be moved away or torn down, an equine lawyer can defend you and your horse so they can determine how to resolve the dispute. Equine lawyers also address litigation and other disputes over medical issues, competitions, and more.
A: The Equine Act grants immunity to horse owners and other individuals who are involved in equine activities, meaning they cannot be considered liable for damages as a result of certain activities.
For example, if a horse jumping contest results in someone becoming injured, individuals who clearly explain the risks involved in the contest may not be held responsible for what occurred. While immunity is never guaranteed, this can protect you.
A: By definition, an equine professional is someone who earns compensation for participating in equine activities. This can include staff at a facility that cares for horses and hosts various equine activities or competitions.
Someone who actively trains their horse and competes in activities for sport is called an equestrian, and they can also be defined as a professional. Essentially, if someone works with horses regularly and earns compensation, they are considered an equine professional.
A: There is no set amount of acres you must own to keep a horse in Pennsylvania, but in most cases, one horse per two or three acres is what you need. This is so horses have ample space to exercise, rest, take shelter, and more. Generally speaking, horse owners tend to give them at least two acres of space for their needs. Of course, an equine lawyer can assist you should you have any concerns.
Historically, horses have been an integral part of transportation, support, and competition. Today, horses continue to find people who raise and care for them. Unfortunately, conflicts over who legally owns a horse, as well as who is liable for an injury caused by a horse are quite common throughout Pennsylvania. Legal matters regarding horses should still be taken seriously, which is why we do what we do.
The Animal Law Firm will gladly evaluate your equine matters and protect your rights. You may feel you can handle your legal matters on your own, and while this is sometimes possible, equine law is often misunderstood or neglected by courts. For this reason, we offer our guidance and experience so we can work toward the most efficient outcome.
When a horse is mistreated, or your rights are threatened, you need an animal lawyer who can readily defend you and protect your horse. For more information about equine law or how we can help, contact our team.