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Read This Before You Buy Your First Horse
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | May 21, 2020
Buying a horse is a lot like buying a used car. Both take a lot of research, plus some experience and smart buying strategies, to make a purchase you’ll be happy with. Use this guide and tips, developed by equine legal experts, to get prepared for your first horse.Read More
I Bought a Horse with a Behavior Problem – Now What?
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Jan 19, 2016
As an attorney for Equine Legal Solutions, I frequently help unhappy horse buyers decide whether they have a viable legal case against the seller, and if they do, whether I am the right attorney to represent them. Here is what I...Read More
Secret Profit-Taking: The Truth about Horse Sale Commissions
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | May 27, 2015
That’s the Way the Industry Works Ð But Is It Legal? Undisclosed profit-taking by trainers facilitating horse sales and purchases is a widespread practice touching every discipline in our industry. Many clients adopt a...Read More
Warning: You Might Need to Post Signs at Your Horse Facility
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Apr 9, 2014
Many states, including Oregon, require that horse facilities have posted signs outlining the state’s equine activity statute. Photo: Michelle Anderson In the equine context, warning signs can serve several important...Read More
Unattended Children at Boarding Stables
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Dec 19, 2013
At Equine Legal Solutions, our boarding stable clients often ask about parents dropping off their children and leaving them for hours at a time. As one of our clients remarked with some frustration, “I’m running a...Read More
Evaluating the Enforceability of a Liability Release
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Dec 13, 2013
At Equine Legal Solutions, we receive a lot of calls about injuries to horses and people. The callers usually want to know whether they have any liability in connection with the injury. Sometimes (but not often enough!), the...Read More
Why Individual Horse Owners Need Liability Insurance
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Dec 2, 2013
As an equine attorney, I’m often asked to give presentations on equine liability. It’s a very broad topic, of course, so I try to tailor it to the audience. Many of the audience members are individual horse owners....Read More
Equine Activity Statutes: Fact and Fiction
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Nov 25, 2013
As of 2013, only four states–California, Maryland, Nevada and New York–do not have equine activity statutes. Do equine activity statutes offer real protection for horse people? If so, what protection do they...Read More
Liability Releases: Not Worth the Paper They’re Written on? Think Again!
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Nov 18, 2013
Many boarding stables and other equine businesses require customers and guests to sign liability release forms. But we’ve all heard that “liability releases aren’t worth the paper they’re written...Read More
Should You Breed Your Mare? Add Up These Costs First!
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Nov 12, 2013
This time of year, you might be considering breeding your mare in the spring. Maybe you’ve even found the perfect stallion to cross on your mare–he’s gorgeous, he has an amazing pedigree and he’s a world...Read More
Selling a Horse on Trial: 10 Tips to Lower Your Risk
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Nov 1, 2013
A trial period can ensure a horse fits into his new family. Photo: Photos.com In certain segments of the horse industry, it is fairly common for the buyer to take a horse home (or to a trainer’s) and try the horse out...Read More
I Bought a Lame Horse: Now What?
by Rachel Kosmal McCart | Oct 21, 2013
Find out what legal recourse you might have against a seller after you buy a lame horse.Read More