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Equine Law

Equine law, the law which governs the world of horses, is a varied topic which involves a number of different issues and their legal remedies. If you own or are planning to own a horse, the advice in this section could be essential.

Equine law or "horse law" is covered by the general laws of contract, negligence and some specialist 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.

What issues does equine law cover?

Because of the varied nature of the equestrian world, equine law likewise runs the gamut, covering a score of issues ranging from animal welfare and veterinary negligence to health and safety and business concerns. Below we have listed the most common issues to arise within the field of equine law.

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 licences 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.