High-Tech Horse Purchases

March 01, 2002

The Internet has become an everyday tool for horse owners. Not only does it allow easy and immediate communication with friends and business associates around the world, it opens the doors to purchasing just about anything we need for our horses... Read More


Barretts Plans To Limit Clenbuterol Use at Juvenile Auctions

January 29, 2002

All the details have not been finalized, but Barretts Equine Limited plans to prevent consignors from treating their juvenile sale horses with clenbuterol within 72 hours of presale under tack shows. The California auction company also plans to... Read More


Keeneland Hosts Digital X-Ray Technology Demonstration

January 24, 2002

Keeneland is exploring digital X-ray technology with the idea of improving the repository for its sales. But there probably won't be any major changes this year, according to Keeneland's director of sales, Geoffrey Russell.

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Breeding Contracts: Read the Fine Print

December 01, 2001

Spring -- a time for new beginnings and unrealized potential -- might be the most enjoyable season of the year for a mare owner. The sight of a healthy foal romping with its dam in the field can easily pus... Read More


AAEP Convention Forum: Purchase Exams at Public Auction

November 30, 2001

One of your top clients wants you to look at a filly he has his eye on at the sales. You must give him your honest opinion on the horse by looking at radiographs taken by another veterinarian and housed in a repository.... Read More


Lien On Me

October 11, 2001

Unpaid bills can be the ruin of any business. Whether you operate a large training stable or a modest boarding farm, the way you deal with the inevitable client who cannot, or will not, pay the board bill might decide whether your business... Read More


Boarding Contracts Part 2

October 05, 2001

Many attorneys recommend including in boarding contracts an exculpatory clause in which the boarder agrees to a waiver of the farm's liability for personal injuries or injuries to the horse. This is important due to the nature o... Read More


Dealing With Agents

October 03, 2001

Several years before his death, comedian-actor John Candy teamed with   Eugene Levy in a video spoof of musical documentaries. They portrayed the inept, accordion-playing Schmenge brothers in "The Last Polka." At one point in the... Read More


Life After Colic Surgery

August 01, 2001

Q: My horse had successful colic surgery about 3 1/2 years ago. He is now for sale, but as soon as someone hears that he had the surgery, they are no longer interested and ignore all the good points about the horse. Is there any... Read More


Buying or Building a Farm

June 01, 2001

Buying or building a horse farm can be a challenging venture where dreams might or might not become reality, and where budgets dictate compromise. The buyer needs to consider what is more advantageous: To build on empty land, or to buy a... Read More


Sales Prepping Yearlings

May 01, 2001

As spring moves into summer, the primary focus of activity on many breeding farms is preparation of yearlings for sale. There isn't much scientific research on exercising horses at that young age, yet many farms are using forced exercise to make... Read More


Equine Insurance

February 01, 2001

Can you protect yourself against potential calamities by purchasing insurance? The answer to that question is easy. Yes. You can insure your horse for a wide variety of eventualities--all the way from being struck by lightning or hit by a car... Read More


BHS Warns of Unscrupulous Dealers

December 15, 2000

The British Horse Society (BHS) recently issued a warning to British horse owners about the dangers of unscrupulous dealers. BHS reports that dealers have been advertising in equestrian magazines for “companion” horses. Owners sell horses to... Read More


Prepurchase Exams: What Can They Tell You?

July 01, 2000

A prepurchase exam is not a guarantee of future soundness. A veterinarian can tell you if a horse is sound at that moment, point out evidence of past problems, and show you areas that have the potential to cause problems in the future.... Read More


Liability Issues

December 01, 1999

Whether horses are your vocation or avocation, it is important to shield yourself from as much potential liability as possible. Failure to do so can be devastating, both personally and professionally. ... Read More


NC Approves Horse Feed Tax For Promotion

November 05, 1999

A North Carolina state referendum was passed with an 80% majority approving a tax of $2 on each ton of horse feed sold. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, this will raise $200,000 annually for promotion of the horse... Read More


Licensing Agreement Claim False

October 27, 1999

The press release issued Sept. 1 by Select The Best of Carson City, Nev., regarding a licensing agreement with Nutramax Laboratories Inc. concerning a combination chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride product is completely false,... Read More


First National Wild Horse Satellite Adoption

August 13, 1999

Eighty-seven wild horses from Nevada will find new homes in 19 states after a lively competitive bidding session via satellite on August 6.

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Don't Get Bucked Off By New Equine EIA Testing Law

August 13, 1999

Planning to sell Ol' Paint? After September 1, Texas law will require that equine, including horses, donkeys, mules, and asses, have a test for equine infectious anemia (EIA), (also known as "Coggins" or "Swamp Fever") within... Read More


Capital Gains Bill Introduced To Help Horse Owners

April 09, 1999

The American Horse Council reports that Congressmen Jerry Weller (R-IL), Joel Hefley (R-CO), Ron Lewis (R-KY) and Congresswoman Karen Thurman (D-FL) have introduced legislation to reduce from two years to one the period for... Read More


Boarding Contracts

November 01, 1998

No one wants to add complication and aggravation to a business or pleasure activity, and for many horse enthusiasts, the use of written boarding contracts is viewed as providing more hassle than benefit. After all, you might think, what is the... Read More


Limitation of Liability

August 01, 1998

Horses often seem to be accidents waiting to happen, and most horse owners can recount at least one horror story that starts with: "You aren't going to believe this, but..." Less apparent, but equally true, is the realization that horse... Read More


Thoroughbred Mistaken Identity Case Settled

April 03, 1998

Trainer Bret Calhoun of Grand Prairie, Texas, and officials from the Keeneland sales company have reached a settlement regarding a misidentified racehorse that was sold last fall at public auction, according to reports in the... Read More


Foal Sharing

February 01, 1998

Foal sharing, by definition, is an agreement under which a mare owner puts up the use of a mare while the stallion owner puts up the use of a season. Together, the two partners own the resulting foal with no currency having changed hands for a stud... Read More


How Do You Own Your Business?

April 01, 1997

A question often put to attorneys is: "Should I incorporate my (fill in the blank) business?" The answer depends on several factors, and involves weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of ownership that can be chosen for ... Read More