Recent News for Legal Concerns & Legislation


Equine Farm-Sitting Peace of Mind

December 20, 2017

What should be included in a liability contract for farm sitters? ... Read More


Senate Calls for 'Politically Viable' Wild Horse Solutions

November 27, 2017

The Senate's proposed 2018 budget bill calls for the DOI to explore "politically viable" wild horse management options.... Read More


Bill Would Outlaw Double-Decker Horse Trailers

October 14, 2017

The bill would made it illegal to transport horses across state lines in double-decker trailers.... Read More


Making it Legal: Equine Lease, Sales, and Boarding Contracts

October 05, 2017

Getting any horse agreement in writing could help you avoid a trip to court. Here's what you should know. ... Read More


Equine Farm Workers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

August 22, 2017

Learn the difference between an employee and independent contractor and what that could mean for your equine operation.... Read More


Jockey Club's 2017 Round Table Meeting in the Books

August 14, 2017

Topics covered included the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommendations, and more.... Read More


House Appropriations Bill Allows Horsemeat Inspections

July 13, 2017

The measure would allow funding for USDA personnel to conduct horsemeat inspections at U.S. processing plants.... Read More


Pennsylvania Law Protects Veterinarians From Lawsuits

June 28, 2017

The legislation will shield veterinarians from civil liability when they report suspected animal cruelty to authorities.... Read More


Equine Massage Therapists can Now Practice in Tennessee

May 19, 2017

The state's house and senate passed an amendment making it lawful for animal massage therapists to practice.... Read More


Omnibus Bill Sparks Controversy

May 08, 2017

While the bill effectively prohibits horse processing in the United States, some believe it could endanger wild horses.... Read More


House Members Reintroduce PAST Act

April 01, 2017

Reps. Ted Yoho and Kurt Schrader introduced the legislation that would stiffen penalties for those convicted of soring.... Read More


Barr Introduces Equine Tax Bills

March 31, 2017

Congressman Andy Barr introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at benefiting the breeding and racing industries.... Read More


Petitioners Ask Trump to Lift UDSA Anti-Soring Rule Freeze

March 30, 2017

The USDA rule was one of several regulations approved but ultimately frozen after the administration change in January.... Read More


Proposed West Virginia Bill Would Tax Veterinary Services

March 27, 2017

The legislation levy an 8% sales tax on fees charged by veterinarians for any treatment of small and large animals.... Read More


Kentucky Equine Welfare Measure Advances

March 09, 2017

The legislation requires those convicted of equine cruelty to pay restitution for the animals' care.... Read More


Massage Therapist Could Face Charges in Tennessee

February 24, 2017

Laurie Wheeler could be charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license.... Read More


Congress Members Ask for Anti-Soring Rule Approval

February 17, 2017

Passed before Trump's administration took office, a clerical error led to the rule being put on hold, pending review.... Read More


Senators Ask USDA to Restore Records on APHIS Website

February 16, 2017

The senators say the public has the right to know if the Horse Protection Act has been violated and by whom.... Read More

California state animal health officials were deeply involved with the recent equine herpesvirus-1 outbreak at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Here, a horse waits to enter quarantined isolation.


The Role of State Officials in Protecting Horse Health

February 08, 2017

Animal health officials help manage disease outbreaks, ensure the health of animals crossing state lines, and more.... Read More


SAFE Act Reintroduced in Congress

January 18, 2017

The bill is the latest attempt to outlaw the purchase and transport of U.S. horses for slaughter.... Read More


Hiring a Horse Broker? Get a Contract

January 05, 2017

A good contract describes what is required of involved parties and what happens if they don't fulfill their obligations.... Read More


Setting Goals for Managing Your Horse Property

December 29, 2016

Winter is a great time for planning. Here are some tips for planning, prioritizing, and tackling your "to do" list.... Read More


Former AHC President Receives AAEP George Stubbs Award

December 07, 2016

Jay Hickey was recognized for his contributions to the equine industry and support of equine health and welfare.... Read More


Yoho Urges Soring Rule Approval Before Administration Change

October 27, 2016

Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) is the primary sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act in the current Congress.... Read More


10 Horse Sales Fraud Warning Signs

October 21, 2016

Learn how to protect yourself when buying your next horse with these tips from an experienced equine-industry attorney.... Read More