Equine Law Law and Legal Definition

Equine means of, relating to, or resembling a horse or the horse family. Equine laws are written specifically to address liability concerns around horses, and to insure that equestrians and other recreational users continue to have access to open space. As of February 1, 1999, 43 states across the country have passed laws that, in some way, limit or control liabilities in their horse industries. Even though all of the laws differ, there are many common characteristics. Most equine laws state that an equine activity sponsor, equine professional, or possibly others may be liable if they

  • Provide faulty tack or equipment that causes injury, death, or damage;
  • Fail to properly determine a rider or handler's ability to safely manage an equine;
  • Have land or facilities on which equine activities take place that have a dangerous non-obvious condition but for which no noticeable warning signs were posted

Some laws allow liability for gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing. A small number of laws allow liability for negligence.