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Nevada Becomes the 47th State With an Equine Activity Liability Law

47 states now have an Equine Activity Liability Act. These laws, in various ways, limit or control liabilities associated with equine activities. Nevada is the latest state to pass such a law. On May 27, 2015, Nevada’s Governor approved SB 129. Here’s a link to this new law.


Some of the noteworthy provisions of Nevada’s new Equine Activity Liability Act are:

  • The law begins by offering potential immunities to “a sponsor, an equine professional, a veterinarian, or any other person.” Section 1.
  • The law provides that “participants shall” “(a) Act in a safe and responsible manner when engaged in an equine activity; and (b) Before engaging in an equine activity, know and be aware of the inherent risks of that activity.”
  • The law, like many across the country, excludes licensed horse races.
  • No sign posting requirements or contract language provisions exist.
  • The law’s exceptions (on which an injured person might bring a claim or lawsuit) are:
    • Providing “defective” tack or equipment. (The word “defective” is unusual since most laws target “faulty” tack or equipment.) Section 3(a).
    • “Failure to make reasonable efforts.” Section 3(b).
    • Dangerous latent condition of the property or facility that was known or should have been known. Section 3(c).
    • “Willful and wanton disregard for the safety of the participant.” Section 3(d)(1) and (2).
    • Intentional injury to the participant. Section 3(e).
    • A professional sponsor, or “other person” “fail[ing] to act responsibly while conducting an equine activity or maintaining an equine.” Section 3(f).

The Nevada EALA’s last exception of “failed to act responsibly” is unique and appears to render Nevada’s EALA weaker than most across the country. Black’s Law Dictionary has no definition for “failure to act responsibly,” and this appears to be a negligence exception. Only a few EALAs nationwide have “negligence” exceptions.

Effective Date

This law applies to causes of action or claims that accrue on or after October 1, 2015.

Please note that all Equine Activity Liability Acts differ. We encourage you to review the laws in effect where you live or do business. Please direct your questions to a knowledgeable attorney.

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National Conference on Equine Law in Louisville, Kentucky on April 29, 2020. Topic will be on Waivers/Releases of Liability Involving Minor Participants. 

U.S. Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado on December 10, 2019. Topic will be on Equine Liability. 

IRMI Emmett J. Vaughan Agribusiness Conference (“AgriCon”) in Sacramento, CA (April 2019), and Richmond, VA (June 2019) and in Des Moines, IA (September 2019), on topics of “Equine Activity Liability Acts” and “Equine Mortality Insurance Disputes.”

National Conference on Equine Law in May 2019 in Lexington, KY, on the topic of “Equine Activity Liability Act Updates” and liabilities involving hosting of equine clinics. 

Agricultural Claims Conference in Kansas City, MO, in March 2019 on topics of “Loose Livestock Liabilities.”

2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, on “Equine Mortality Coverage and Disputes.”

November 2018, American Horse Council webinar on “Equine Liability.”

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Equine lawyer, Julie Fershtman, has received these prestigious equine industry awards from respected equine organizations:

"Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" - American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Law Section Animal Law Committee

"Distinguished Service Award" - American Youth Horse Council

"Industry Service Award" - Michigan Equine Partnership

"Catalyst Award"- Michigan Horse Council

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