- Contracts can help protect you and your business.
- Be sure you and your business have proper insurance coverage.
Understanding Minnesota’s horse liability statute
Who the statute protects.
What activities the statute covers and doesn’t cover.
The applicable liability protection exceptions.
The warning sign posting required under the statute before the liability protections apply.
Limiting your horse liability under Minnesota law
- Use written contracts for any horse-related agreement.
- Make sure written agreements are specific and address each applicable risk.
- Work with an attorney.
Equine liability act webinar recording
Trailering horses in Minnesota: which laws affect you
- Minnesota has its own state transportation laws that can vary from federal regulations.
- It’s important for you to understand how these laws affect you when trailering your horse around Minnesota.
Companion animal welfare act requirements
- Horse owners must meet certain legal minimum requirements for equine welfare.
- Most cost-reducing opportunities fall in the area of preventative medicine, education and being a responsible horse owner.
- There are also times when it is not appropriate to cut costs, such as for emergency care.
Coping with the loss of a horse
- If you are working through a loss, treat yourself kindly and find others who can do the same.
- If you know of someone who is grieving a horse, reach out, even in small ways, to let them know you are available to listen.
Horse science college programs in Minnesota
- Information about the college programs offered in Minnesota in horse science.
- These programs give students the tools they need to succeed in the horse industry.
Economic impact of the horse industry
- The total economic impact of the horse industry in the United States is $122 billion, creating 1.7 million jobs.
- Minnesota ranks 18th for the state with the greatest horse population.
Save these forms to help you plan for emergencies
- Operations Contingency Plan for Privately Owned Horse Farms
- Operations Contingency Plan for Horse Boarding or Training Farms
- Forms will automatically download to your device. You will need a current version of Adobe Reader DC to first save then fill out the form.
- The fillable PDFs outline essential livestock care if you or your managers experience illness, injury, or another emergency when you may need outside people to provide care.
- These contingency plans cover essential care only. They are not comprehensive care plans.
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