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I am currently studying a National Diploma in Horse Studies at Hadlow College. As part of my course I have been asked to collect information on the current legal requirements for a domestic horse, riding school horses, how they are enforced and the consequences of breaching this legislation. I would be very grateful if you could send me any information. Thank you for your time.


Are you in the U.S.? State and local laws prevail in this country regarding horse related issues. These laws are quite different depending in which state you reside. I suggest contacting the American Horse Council, www.horsecouncil.org and from there you can reach state horse councils that may be able to give you more information regarding state and local laws.

Currently the only areas of federal regulation as it relates to horses is by the Environmental Protection Agency, regarding Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO regulations); the U.S. Forest Service, regarding trail use; and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, regarding foreign agricultural workers and infectious disease such as West Nile Virus and Foot and Mouth Disease.

Currently there is a federal bill before congress regarding horses for slaughter for human consumption. This bill is thought to be very detrimental to the horse industry and is being promoted by animal rights activists.

These are the areas of legislation regarding horse operations of which I am aware. Our national and state horse councils are here to deal with legislative issues regarding the rights of horse owners and you may find them to be very helpful for your research project. Good luck!