Express Warranties

Express Warranties

Express Warranties Mary listed her 9-year-old warmblood, Hank, for sale on several online horse marketing sites. In her sale advertisements, Mary described Hank as being well trained, able to take a joke, a push ride, clever, sound, and worth the money. After a few...
Emotional Damages

Emotional Damages

Emotional Damages  Content Warning This article contains content that may be troubling for some readers. (animal abuse, death) “Mere Property” or Beloved Family Member? How does your state treat an animal owner’s emotional suffering or the pain and suffering of the...
Breach of Bailment

Breach of Bailment

Breach of Bailment Liability for injuries to horses most often arises in the boarding/training or veterinary malpractice context. Having your horse at a boarding or training facility creates a bailment relationship between the stable and the horse owner. This...
Working Students & Labor Laws

Working Students & Labor Laws

Working Students & Labor Laws Does Your Unpaid “Working Student” Expose You to Liability Under the Fair Labor Standards Act? Many of the best and most successful trainers utilize “working students”, and more often than not, these trainers have at one point been a...
Get it in Writing

Get it in Writing

Get it in Writing Oral contracts are enforceable in most states depending on the subject matter of the agreement. Verbal contracts contain all of the same elements of a written contract, with the exception that the agreement has not been memorialized in a written...
Contractually Managing Risks

Contractually Managing Risks

Contractually Managing Risks Many horse trainers, instructors, facility owners, and even private horse owners have participants sign assumption of risk agreements, liability waivers, and/or hold harmless agreements in an attempt to avoid or minimize their liability...