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"What Mare Owners Should Look for in a Typical Horse-Breeding Contracts." - America's Horse Daily, September 14, 2012
Should Exculpatory Agreements Relieve Liabilities Founded on an Equine Activity Liability Act? American Bar Association - TIPS Animal Law Committee Newsletter, Fall 2012
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Horse breeding transactions can generate several disputes, including the following:
The stallion’s show or race schedule prevents its availability for breeding by cooled semen or live cover.
If the breeding will be accomplished by live cover, AI, or shipped cooled semen, which requires the stallion to be available for collection, this problem can be avoided by a contract that specifies a range of dates or months in which the stallion can be available. Read about other common disputes ›
Categories: Breeding, Sales/Disputes
Generally speaking, it is completely legal to do business with an agent in a business transaction. An agency relationship generally exists when one person, such as a horse seller, agrees to allow another person to act on his or her behalf in a transaction. The agent acts on behalf of the “principal.”
Those who deal with parties claiming to be agents can encounter risks, such as: Read More ›
Our office receives numerous calls from first-time horse buyers who are soured on the horse industry due to bad experiences with horse sellers. Some proceed with lawsuits. Horse buyers who proceed cautiously and seek assistance at the proper time can, in many cases, avoid disputes. This article offers some suggestions. Read More ›
Gene buys a mare from a horse seller across the country, and pays the full purchase price, which the seller receives. Shipping was set for the next day. As the shipper pulls in to get the horse, it is discovered that the horse has become seriously ill and dies within hours, while still at the seller’s stable. Is Gene entitled to a refund?
The answer could depend on three important words, “Risk of loss.” Read More ›
In January 2013, I spoke at a number of education programs on Equine Law. Attendees raised several questions, and some of them are shared on this blog.
Has your equine law experience made a difference in specific cases where opposing counsel may have lacked similar experience? If so, how? Answer ›
Categories: Insurance, Sales/Disputes
During a national teleconference on Equine Law in January 2013, I was asked: “Do you recommend pre-sale agreements regarding inspections and testing?”
Yes. When I represent sellers in equine sale transactions, I prefer a contract that specifies that the buyer has received an opportunity to have the horse tested by veterinarians and equine professionals of the buyer's own choosing and at the buyer's sole expense. Allowing, if not encouraging, the buyer to seek professional opinions on the horse can help break the chain of reliance on the seller. What about a buyer-oriented contract? ›
Categories: Contracts, Sales/Disputes
Desert Mirage - December 2012
A teenager, 17 years old, drives herself to your stable and expresses an interest in buying or leasing one of your horses. She is old enough to drive a car, but is she old enough to enter into a contract with you?
The answer is no. Unless she has reached the age of majority in the applicable state, she does not have the legal capacity to enter into a contract with you. Read More ›
Categories: Liability, Sales/Disputes
Part one of this series explored the buyer's legal rights against sellers who fail or refuse to provide breed registration papers. This part examines suggestions for buyers to consider in an attempt to avoid equine registration paper disputes. Read More ›
Two months ago you bought the mare you always wanted. Your goal was to win championships in breed-recognized horse shows and then retire the mare for breeding. A terrible problem has derailed your plans: The seller will not transfer the horse's registration papers into your name. Your arsenal of weapons is limited -- there is no written sales contract, but you recall the seller promising to send you the horse's papers "right away" the day you gave him your money (a promise he now denies ever making).
What are the buyer's options in these types of situations? Here are a few of them: Read More ›