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post #1 of 9 Old 09-19-2013, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Liability signs posted for the average horse owner

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I am not a professional trainer nor do I have horse related business. I have heard that regardless, it is prudent to post either/and no trespass signs or limited liability signs to advise anyone who comes to pet the horses or rides at his/her own risk.

This in mind, what signs are appropriate and recommended that quote correct statues for respective states; I live in Nebraska.

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ps...where should they also be posted!

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Hello to the Poster. I think that if you are really looking for advice on what signs to put up to give you some security against legal action then you need to take advice from either a local lawyer, or your county office.

The folk on here are from all over the world, and none of them are (to my knowledge) specialised Liabilty Lawyers practising over the Internet. So whilst you may receive advice, I don't know how you'll know whether it is sensible advice.

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A good place to start is your state's equine laws. Many states have laws that, in essence, say that riding a horse is inherently dangerous and any reasonable thinking adult would know that before they got on, hence, they ride at their own risk.
As for kids/people coming to pet them, there should be case law on that - which often gives you ideas on how best to approach it (e.g., sign wording and location). Overall and in general, it seems the courts think kids are naturally attracted to horses therefor it is up to a horse owner with a known aggressive horse to take precautions. But, again...case law is the best place to start to get a feel for what is best.

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Nebraska does have limited liability statutes for equine activities. Check with your state horse council for signs. They will run $15-20. You want the ones that state the Nebraska statute and not the generic one. Put them on the gate to your property, on the gate to the arena or on the barn. Mine is in front of the hitching post. Can't miss it. It is not going to solve all your problems but I do know of individuals who have used the statute to protect themselves from litigation.

Nebraska statute 25-21,249 to 25-21,253.
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Check with a lawyer. Case law often twists statutes into something unrecognizable. Arizona has an equine liability law, but the AZ Supreme Court says it only applies when the person is sitting in the saddle holding the reins. Until then, or after he lets go of the reins, you can be sued.

If you want to know about YOUR state, see if your county Bar Association has a referral system. Those often allow a person to get legal advice for about $50. Anything you get over the Internet is worth exactly what you paid for it - nothing.
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Good feedback - thanks; much appreciated. I'll follow up with them!




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Nebraska does have limited liability statutes for equine activities. Check with your state horse council for signs. They will run $15-20. You want the ones that state the Nebraska statute and not the generic one. Put them on the gate to your property, on the gate to the arena or on the barn. Mine is in front of the hitching post. Can't miss it. It is not going to solve all your problems but I do know of individuals who have used the statute to protect themselves from litigation.

Nebraska statute 25-21,249 to 25-21,253.
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Thank you and I will check with them also. Never had an issue and don't want one. Agree with your last statement. Happy trails!

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Check with a lawyer. Case law often twists statutes into something unrecognizable. Arizona has an equine liability law, but the AZ Supreme Court says it only applies when the person is sitting in the saddle holding the reins. Until then, or after he lets go of the reins, you can be sued.

If you want to know about YOUR state, see if your county Bar Association has a referral system. Those often allow a person to get legal advice for about $50. Anything you get over the Internet is worth exactly what you paid for it - nothing.
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My trainer keeps her horses at her house. She has no trespassing signs near the barn, an equine liability act for Illinois sign in the barn, and a do not pet or feed the horses sign on the paddocks. She does this to help protect herself in the event that someone tries to sue her.

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