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Can Injured Trainers Sue Horse Owners?

Horse trainers, it might seem, should expect the risk of being thrown or injured by the horses they train.  Over the years, however, injured trainers have sued their clients, and sometimes they win.  As explained below, trainers are more likely to win if they can prove that the owner or stable knew that the horse had unusually dangerous tendencies but failed to warn them.  Trainers are more likely to lose if the risk at issue was an “inherent risk” or an “assumed risk.” Read More ›

Categories: Liability

Equine Leases – Avoiding Disputes When They End

What happens when an equine lease ends, but the lessee refuses to return the horse?  Can the lessor (the “lessor is the one who owns the horse and leases it to another) simply enter the premises and remove it?  A lessor owns the horse, and one would expect that he or she can simply re-claim the property, even if it means entering someone else's land and taking away the horse.  Be careful!

Problems can occur, especially when a lease agreement is not in writing.  For example, what if the “lessee” (the “lessee” is the one who takes possession of the leased horse under the terms of the lease agreement) thought he bought the horse?  Or, what if the lessee thought the lease was not over? Read More ›

Categories: Contracts, Sales/Disputes

Watch Out For Horse Show Liabilities

We expect judges to appear at horse shows.  But horse shows sometimes appear before judges – in a courtroom.


Participants and spectators are occasionally injured at shows.  When this happens, they sometimes sue under theories of negligence or an applicable state equine activity liability act.  Both are discussed briefly below. Read More ›

Categories: Liability

Horse Tip Daily #496 - Veterinary Malpractice 101

This segment addresses the basics of veterinary malpractice - what it is and what it isn't.

Listen to a recording of the radio broadcast

Categories: Liability, Radio Broadcasts, Veterinary Malpractice

Perils of the Verbal Contract

“Get it in writing!”  No matter how often lawyers utter these cautionary words,  people in the horse industry continue to do business on a handshake.  Unfortunately, legal disputes involving verbal agreements are rarely quick, easy, or cheap to resolve.  Why? 

With nothing in writing, each party to the transaction often has a totally different understanding of what it involved.  As a result, it sometimes takes a lengthy lawsuit to prove the contract’s terms. 

Those who fail or refuse to use written agreements accept the risk that any number of problems can occur.  Here are some of them: Read More ›

Categories: Contracts, Liability, Sales/Disputes

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Julie Fershtman, author of our popular and prolific Equine Law Blog, was interviewed by the State Bar of Michigan. The interview, which called Fershtman "Lawyer-Blogger," discussed our Equine Law Blog. We truly believe that this blog is the nation's most active blog serving the equine industry on equine law topics, and we thank you for visiting it. Read more here.

Julie Fershtman’s Recent and Upcoming Equine Law Speaking Engagements Include:

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.”

Honors & Recognitions

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

"Outstanding Achievement Award" - American Riding Instructors Association 

"Partner in Safety Award" - American Riding Instructors Association 

"Associate Service Award" - United Professional Horseman's Association

"National Partnership in Safety" Award" - Certified Horsemanship Association 

What our Equine Law Services can Provide

Handling breach of contract, fraud/ misrepresentation, commercial code, and other claims involving equine-related transactions including purchases/sales, leases, mare leases/foal transfers, and partnerships.

Litigating disputes in court or through alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation, facilitation).

Defending equine/farm/equestrian industry professionals,  businesses, and associations in personal injury claims and lawsuits.

Drafting and negotiating contracts for boarding, training, sales, waivers/releases, leases, and numerous other equine-related transactions.

Representing and advising insurers on  coverage and policy language as well as litigation;

Advising equine industry clubs and associations regarding management, rules, bylaws, disputes, and regulations.

Representing some of the equine industry's top trainers, competitors, stables, and associations.

Counseling industry professionals, stable managers, and individual horse owners. 


Did you know Julie Fershtman has spoken at the American Horse Council Annual Meeting, Equine Affaire, Midwest Horse Fair, Equitana USA, US Dressage Federation Annual Meeting, North American Riding for the Handicapped (now PATH International) Annual Meeting, American Morgan Horse Association Annual Meeting, American Paint Horse Association Annual Meeting, US Pony Clubs, Inc.'s Annual Meeting, All-American Quarter Horse Congress, American Youth Horse Council Annual Meeting, American Riding Instructors Association Annual Meeting, CHA Annual Meeting, and numerous others? Consider signing her up for your convention. Contact Julie.

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