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5 Steps to Build a Better Emergency Contact Sheet for Your Boarding Stable

5 Steps to Build a Better Emergency Contact Sheet for Your Boarding Stable

If unexpected illness or injury occurs to a horse, a well written emergency information and contact sheet can provide some clarity as to the barn owner’s wishes for their horse. It also helps protect the barn owner if an ...
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Court Prevents Re-victimization of Miranda

Judge Denies Parra's Third Attempt to Limit Damages in Negligence Suit

Cesar Parra's third motion for summary judgment is denied in the case that alleges his gross negligence left horse trainer Trudy Miranda's Hanoverian stallion, William PFF, permanently injured during a 2009 training eva...
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IRS Revokes Charity Status of Another Chance 4 Horses

IRS Revokes Charity Status of Another Chance 4 Horses

The IRS revoked the charity status of the purported horse rescue, Another Chance 4 Horses (AC4H), in Pennsylvania. The organization is operated by Christy Sheidy....
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An attempt to halt the Spellbound auction scheduled by the pony's former trainer Kim Stewart of Glenwillow Farm. Will the pony get back to his child rider?

Attempt to Halt Spellbound Auction

In an effort to halt the public auction of her child's elite pony, Spellbound, Maria Chungunco appeared in court. It is the latest in the billing-dispute-gone-wrong with her child's former horse trainer, Kimberly Stewart...
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New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Track EHV-1 Quarantine

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Exploring Equine Liability Laws

While it varies by state, generally, a landowner owes a third party "the duty of using ordinary care to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn . . . of any hidden dangers."...
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5 Considerations before Filing Equine Lawsuit

Before Filing an Equine Lawsuit: Ask Yourself These 5 Things

Anyone can file a lawsuit. The question is can you file an equine lawsuit, win, and collect? If you're thinking about taking your equine law case to the courthouse, you need to ask yourself an important question. Does my e...
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Five Common Legal Mistakes To Avoid When Establishing

Five Common Legal Mistakes To Avoid When Establishing, Operating your Equine Business

While we must plan for success in owning and operating an equine business, everyone knows that horses can often bring the unexpected. To avoid unexpected legal pitfalls, equine business owners must take care to avoid these ...
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Court Prevents Re-victimization of Miranda

Negligence Suit against Dressage’s Cesar Parra Rides toward Trial

A New Jersey court rejected another attempt by dressage trainer Cesar Parra to unseat a lawsuit accusing him of gross negligence after he left an owner’s stallion permanently injured during a training evaluation....
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Suit: Horse Transporter's Egregious Conduct Leaves Horses Dead

Suit: Horse Transporter's Egregious Conduct Leaves Horses Dead, Injured

The plaintiff contracted Triple-AC-Ranch Horse Transport to haul seven horses door-to-door from Termo, California to Arizona. The suit states the seven-horse trailer, driven by Mathew Gillispie, was loaded to capacity...
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Are Efficient Equine Lawsuits Like... Unicorns?

Are Efficient Equine Lawsuits Like... Unicorns?

I am continually surprised at what horse people – owners, trainers, breeders, veterinarians – know and do not know about the equine litigation process and alternatives to equine lawsuits....
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Court Prevents Re-victimization of Miranda

Cesar Parra Sues SPCA Alleging Emotional Distress

Cesar Parra maintains the defendants caused him intentional infliction of emotional distress, committed fraud, and interfered with his equine sales and horse training business....
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Smart Pak Testimonial gets Expensive

SmartPak Pitch Costs $300K

A calming supplement success story costs a Florida horse owner $300,000. The settlement ends a four-year legal battle over whether a horse owner negligently failed to disclose the truth about her horse's bad behavior....
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Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling: Horses Inclined to be Vicious

Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling: Horses Inclined to be Vicious

The court upheld an Appellate ruling 6-0 that horses belong to "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious."...
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Court Prevents Re-victimization of Miranda

Court Won't Hear Cesar Parra's Appeal in Injured Horse Case

The original complaint alleges the horse’s injuries were a result of Cesar Parra’s negligence and his attempt to lunge the horse a second time after the initial incident, which was “in direct contravention of instruc...
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Equine Massage Therapists File Suit Against Arizona's Vet Board

Equine Massage Therapists File Suit Against Arizona's Vet Board

A suit filed against the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Board challenges a requirement that animal massage therapists must be veterinarians....
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Federal Appeals Court Will Rule on USDA's Soring Penalties

Federal Appeals Court Will Rule on USDA's Soring Penalties

In 2013, the district court ruled the USDA can impose minimum penalties upon those who sore horses. Appealing the decision are two of the case's original plaintiffs, Contender Farms and Mike McGartland....
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Serenity Horse Rescue Director Charged with Animal Cruelty

Ohio AG: Serenity Horse Rescue Shut Down

Serenity Horse Rescue in Ohio is closing its doors for good. The rescue's founder, Shula Woodworth, must redistribute the charity's assets, according to an agreement with the state's attorney general....
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Frog Pond Farm Horse Rescue Accused of Misappropriating $50K

Frog Pond Farm Horse Rescue Accused of Misappropriating $50K

The 17-count lawsuit accuses Lisa Gordon of misappropriating nearly $50,000 between 2011 and 2013. The complaint states the president of Frog Pond Farm, in Ohio, admitted to using the charity's accounts for numerous pers...
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Dressage Trainer in Court

Suit Alleges Unscrupulous Practices by Vets, Trainer in Sale of $135K Dressage Horse

A 10-year old Dutch horse named W Double You caught Marion Mayer’s eye. Recently imported from Belgium, the black gelding was advertised as trained through Intermediare and sound....
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Horse Boarding: A Meeting of the Minds

Horse Boarding: A Meeting of the Minds

Contracts regarding equine-related activities have their own peculiar clauses and covenants. Nevertheless, basic principles of contract law do apply when leasing a stall or boarding a horse at a horse facility....
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