Stalking Horse Law and Legal Definition

A stalking horse is a person who works to promote a challenge on behalf of and for the benefit of an anonymous third person whose identity remains a secret. In reality, the leadership role and concept of a stalking horse may be an illusion. If the concept proves viable then the anonymous third party can declare their interest and promote the concept with little risk of failure. On the other hand, if the concept fails, then the anonymous third party can drop the idea and wait until a better moment. In some cases stalking horses may not work for a specific individual but may wish to provoke and initiate a response that leads others to join in.