Equine Law

Horse riding and general interest in horses is growing more and more popular each year; it has been estimated that 3.2 million people a year ride horses, with 1.2 million people in ownership of their own horse(s). It therefore comes as no surprise that there is a growing demand for specialist equine lawyers to provide professional advice to people in the equestrian industry. Additionally, equine businesses are also growing, in line with the increased interest, and therefore legal advice is becoming more sought after to ensure these types of businesses are functioning in the most efficient way.


What is equine law?

Equine law refers to the area of law which specifically deals with legal issues related to horses and the equestrian industry. It involves a wide range of legal matters involving ownership disputes, insurance disputes and the operation of equine businesses generally.

What areas of law does this cover?

Equine law covers various aspects; including but not limited to: –

  1. Contracts and agreements
    1. Loan agreements and contracts.
    2. Lease agreements and contracts.
    3. Livery agreements and contracts.
    4. Sale and purchase agreements.
    5. Stud agreements.


  1. Disputes and Claims
    1. Sale and purchase disputes.
    2. Road Traffic Accidents – disputes and claims (injury for horse and rider)
    3. Animal Act 1971.
    4. Insurance claims and disputes.
    5. Ownership disputes.
    6. The involvement of the RSPCA.


  1. Negligence
    1. Negligence claims arising from equine professionals such as: –
      1. Vets.
      2. Farriery professionals.
      3. Physiotherapists.
      4. Dentists.
      5. Trainers.


  1. Other
    1. Equine business sales/purchases.
    2. Compliance within the equine industry.
    3. Transportation rules and regulations.

How can Richardson Lissack help?

Our team, being horse owners themselves, understand the intricacies of owning and working with horses, ponies, and the wider equine industry; quite often our team can relate to such issues with personal as well as legal experience. Our team can also provide expert litigation and representation.

Our lawyers are available to assist you and provide legal advice. Contact London 02037535352 or Manchester 01618347284. Alternatively, you can email info@richardsonlissack.co.uk

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