Online Course

Legal Aspects of Horse Management

           Legal Aspects of Horse Management (LAHM) is designed to provide the equine professional with a base of practical legal knowledge.

           In the first lesson, students learn practical tips for preventing and limiting equine-related liability, including detailed information on what makes a liability release enforceable and how to create good safety practices for your facility. LAHM students also learn to navigate the maze of equine insurance options, determine the coverage needed and comparison shop for it.

           Students will learn what they can do if clients don’t pay, including enforcing stableman’s liens and small claims court judgments, and what to do if clients abandon horses on their property.  LAHM covers contracts in detail, including the key elements of common contracts for the equine professional. Finally, LAHM teaches students what to do if they are sued, as well as how to obtain quality legal advice and manage legal expenses.

              I. What creates liability for equine professionals?
                    A. Willful misconduct and negligence
                    B. Legal duties of equine professionals
                    C. Common situations where equine professionals are found liable

             II. Preventing and limiting liability
                    A. Making your facility safer
                    B. Creating and enforcing good rules and procedures
                    C. Why “horse traders” have developed a bad reputation
                    D. Training your employees
                    E. Incorporating your business
                    F. Equine activity statutes
                    G. Liability releases

             III. Insuring against liability
                     A. Types of insurance designed for equine professionals
                     B. Shopping for equine insurance
                     C. Comparing different policies and coverage

             IV. When clients don’t pay
                      A. Resolving disputes over amounts owed
                      B. When you have a lien and how to enforce it
                      C. When horses and property are abandoned

               V. Using contracts to enhance your business
                      A. Elements of a contract
                      B. Common types of contracts for equine professionals
                      C. How contracts can help you get paid
                      D. Types of contracts you shouldn’t sign

              VI. When and how to hire legal help

              VII. Creating your form contracts

            VIII. What to do when you are sued or threatened

              IX. Problems that are not legal problems

               X. Shopping for a lawyer
                       A. Building a good relationship with your lawyer
                       B. Keeping your legal fees reasonable
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