It’s no secret; if you do not get paid for your horse training, boarding, or professional services, you will not be in business for long.
People often spend a huge amount of money purchasing show horses. Some buy for investment purposes, while others merely for pleasure. Regardless of your reason for purchasing the show horse, the purchaser wants to ensure they get what they pay for. In order to protect your investment, several steps can be taken prior to the purchase of the show horse.
Q: I am preparing to lease out my 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding for the first time, and, while I know and trust the lessee, I’ve heard horror stories of leased horses coming back entirely unsound or unusable. Is there anything I can do to help protect myself and my horse from that scenario?
Q: I have a nice four-stall barn and outdoor ring at home where I’ve kept my two horses for years. Now, I’d love to make a little extra income by boarding an additional horse or two. Legally, is there anything I need to do before I take my first boarder?
The days of selling a horse with a handshake and cash on the barrel are long over. There is no such thing as a cheap horse, even if bought at a low price. If the horse doesn't work out, people understandably get disappointed, and some get angry.
Up until I was 35, I was afraid of horses. I had only bad experiences on horses that were too much for me to handle.
Armand Leone is an attorney by trade and no stranger to the court room, but when he leased a horse in 2012 that became injured, he was involved in a lengthy and expensive arbitration for which he hired a lawyer. After giving endless “horses 101” lessons to his counsel before any progress could be made on his case, Leone realized there was an opportunity for him to help his fellow horsemen. As a result, Leone Equestrian Law was born in 2014.
Dear Dr. Lowder, I have a 9 year old Saddlebred gelding that had his sheath swell up after his fall vaccines and a sheath cleaning. It swelled so bad that the skin on the prepuce area cracked and bled.
Dear Trainer, I need help, my trainer tells me to massage my horse's mouth to get his head down. I do but my horse won't listen, he will just perk his head up more. I am using a loose ring bit I got at a farm supply store, because the bits in the catalogs are too expensive. What do you suggest I should do?
It's that time of year again - TAX SEASON! And, penalties for failure to follow the tax law have been increased and made tougher over the past few years.