Equine Law

Horse law advice

Equine law or horse law is covered by the general laws of contract, negligence and some specialists statutes, but it is a particularly specialised area of the law, where knowledge of horses and ponies, and the equestrian world, and the people in it are essential.

Equine Law deals with the following types of problems:-

Personal injury and accidents

All personal injury work including riding accidents and accidents at work.

Contractual disputes

Following the sale or purchase of a horse or equipment, disputes over livery and loan agreements or grazing licenses and syndicate breakups.

Veterinary negligence

Substandard treatment by your vet or other therapist for your horse, including unsatisfactory pre-purchase veterinary inspections.

General commercial disputes

Between traders and manufacturers of equine products, intellectual property disputes and planning or property related disputes.

Liability under the Animals Act 1971

For damage caused by horses to people or property.

Health and Safety offences

Advice and representation for equine businesses.

Disciplinary Tribunal representation

Representation in disciplinary tribunals.

Livery and loan agreements

Personalised agreements for yard/horse owners to provide you with the maximum protection against liability.

Health and Safety

Advice in relation to health and safety issues relating to equestrian businesses.

General business advice

For new equine businesses in the form of sole traders, partnerships, and limited companies; including advice on and drafting of terms and conditions, setting up a limited company, shareholder agreements and partnership agreements; also advice on the sale and purchase of a business.

Commercial property and planning

Sale and purchase of commercial property, planning appeals and advice in relation to planning permission for equine property, stables, arenas etc.


Work permits and visas for travelling competitor or foreign employees.


All aspects of employment law including employment contracts, termination of employment, compromise agreements, discrimination and employment disputes.


Advice on and drafting of agreements.

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All about buying a horse

HorsesFor anyone wishing to buy a horse, it is highly recommended that you first seek the appropriate legal advice from a solicitor specialising in equine law.

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Help with vetinary negligence

Are there no workhorses?Veterinary negligence is an area of equine law. Equine law generally covers the regulations that are involved with contract or negligence law.

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Learn about personal injury in equine law

Fallen AnimalPersonal injury happens when an individual is hurt mentally or physically in an accident. This can occur in situations where horses are involved.

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