Equine law is the branch of law that relates to horses' legal treatment and social status.
Regarding equine law, you need to be 100 percent horse-crazy. Working in equine law entails the practice of law related to all aspects of horses, horse-related activities and industries, horse businesses, horse organizations, and horse facilities.
Examples of legal services related to equine law include preparing or reviewing equine-related contracts (like sales and transfer agreements), disputes and litigation related to horse transactions and injuries, tax and immigration issues for horse industry workers, animal rights matters, gaming laws, and many others.
The unique character of Equine law derives from the nature of animals, the nature of the industry which utilizes these animals, and the nature of the legal claims that arise from using these animals.
Equine law is a unique practice area. It can be described as a general practice but also has a particular type of client understanding in depth and relation to each horse-related industry or species. Equine lawyers often have a broad understanding of the law in general and a thorough and direct knowledge of horse-related industries and matters.
Every state has its distinct equine law, and attorneys who focus on this area must keep up with variations in laws among the different states. Still, some general principles apply. While equine law is built on general practice, this legal specialty is also built upon a particular type of client, which can be a horse owner, a trainer, a breeder, or a boarding facility.