Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility

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Many states, including Oregon, require that horse facilities have posted signs outlining the state’s equine activity statute.

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In the equine context, warning signs can serve several important functions, including preventing injury or death, fulfilling a legal duty to warn potential victims about danger, keeping unauthorized personnel out of restricted areas, and fulfilling the requirements of a state equine activity statute. Here are some guidelines

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Rachel Kosmal McCart is the founder and principal attorney of Equine Legal Solutions, PC (ELS), an equine law firm based near Portland, Ore. McCart is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and licensed to practice in four states: California, New York, Oregon, and Washington. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. ELS represents clients in litigation, helps resolve equine disputes, drafts customized equine contracts, represents clients in horse industry disciplinary hearings, and incorporates equine businesses. Learn more at www.equinelegalsolutions.com.

5 Responses

  1. re: Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility

    You can post all the signs in the world, put every precaution in place, but people will still come on your property to see the horses. Especially unsupervised children. What is a horse owner supposed to do? Call the police every time? Advice?

  2. re: Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility

    I am actually looking for a place to start looking for a twin to a paint quarter horse that I came across in my travels.  The horse is deaf with blue eyes and is quite spooky.  I understand why now after extensive research.  I came acros

  3. re: Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility

    I’ve been wondering if I need to post signage myself – even though my husband and I are the only ones who ride on my property the fact that I have horses seems to be a magnet for every friend that I ever had!  ("can I come over and ride?&quot

  4. re: Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility

    Six years ago last Feb. my daughter was killed because the barn owner where she was taking a Dressage lesson let a small boy start up a motorized car just outside the arena where she was riding.  Texas has a WARNING law but, I feel the owner was n

  5. re: Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility

    Are you required to post a warning about horseback riding dangers if you are the only person who rides on your property? I’ve had this discussion with my neighbor who says that warning signs should be posted about the dangers of horseback riding regard

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