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Risk of ‘Gifting’ a Horse in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has necessitated mobility restrictions for horse owners everywhere.  As a result, the care of a horse could become a burden. The opportunity to exercise, ride and compete the horse is not only curtailed but, by reason of restricted access arrangements in place at agistment centres, many owners no longer enjoy unlimited freedom to feed…


Buying a New Horse Truck

A person contacted me to say he planned to purchase a new horse truck: A new cab chassis (unusual, as many so-called new horse trucks in fact use a 2nd hand cab chassis) plus horse box to be manufactured for the chassis. The purchase was costly.  The client worried that, as the manufacturing process would…


No Liability for Serious Injury at Campdraft Event

On 4 November 2019, the Supreme Court of New South Wales dismissed a compensation claim by Emily Tapp against the Australian Bushmen’s Campdraft & Rodeo Association Ltd.  Ms Tapp fell from her horse in January 2011 while competing in a campdraft event and sustained a quadriplegic injury.  She argued that her injury was caused by…