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    There are an estimated seven million horses in the U.S., including commercial and recreational horses. Millions of Americans are involved in the horse industry as owners, service providers, employees or volunteers. The horse industry’s total impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States is approximately $112 billion dollars, yet it is still an often underestimated and overlooked part of the national economy.


     Individuals are increasingly investing time and money in the horse industry and producing higher quality, better-bred horses. This growth requires a high awareness of the risks involved with the industry. Many equine-related legal issues can arise from sales/purchase contracts, personal injuries, new judicial interpretations of the Equine Activity Liability Acts, veterinary malpractice, mortality and liability insurance coverage, and stallion syndication. For that reason, it is imperative that businesses and individuals, whether horse owners or service providers, seek knowledgeable guidance regarding potential risks related to their involvement in the industry.

 

   The attorneys of Bullock & Coffman have personal knowledge of the horse industry, with experience that ranges from racing to showing to recreation. It is our personal involvement in the horse business that provides us with unique insight into our clients’ legal needs.

 

    Building on our Business practice area, Bullock & Coffman offers legal representation in all aspects of equine transactions. Our attorneys provide counsel and guidance on business matters unique to the horse industry, including:

 

  • Equine business planning and risk management

  • Purchase or sale of horses

  • Breeding rights and related issues

  • Zoning and land use

  • Boarding and care issues

  • Syndications

 

     Our attorneys also offer counseling on liability avoidance, insurance coverage and related issues, and general counseling to owners, trainers, riders, and other members of the equine community.  Bullock & Coffman also handles equine litigation and other forms of dispute resolution involving horses, purchase and sale disputes, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of contract claims, and disputes with trainers, boarders, veterinarians, and caretakers.

 

     Bullock & Coffman frequently represents international individuals and businesses in their equine transactions and disputes, and the firm understands the special needs of our international clients.

 

     At Bullock & Coffman, we have the experience and knowledge to assist you in nearly every type of equine matter.