Equine Law

Equine Law

Equine law is the legal practice of all things horse-related. It could be anything involving horse businesses, organizations and facilities. At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, our specialty has been representing horse owners and boarders that have had their horses poisoned from tainted feed.

Tainted horse feeds can be a result of cross contamination with other feed types. Other feeds, such as cattle and poultry, typically contain an additive called monensin, which is an antibiotic used for growth.

The problem is: Recent studies have shown monsensin is extremely toxic and deadly for horses. So, a company that creates both horse feed and poultry/cattle bulk feed can easily cross-contaminate the feeds, putting your horse(s) in harm’s way.  This can happen in a variety of ways if appropriate precaution and safeguards are not put in place and strictly adhered to.

At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we believe these companies need to be held accountable. From Florida to New York to California, our trial attorneys have helped many horse owners and boarders from across the nation seek justice for this type of negligence.

These incidents are the result of gross neglect and a complete failure to follow simple protocol and procedures at the location where the feed is manufactured. We have seen time and time again entire stables of horses that have been dealt a death sentence because of tainted feed. This is more common than most people recognize.

Has your horse been poisoned by its horse feed? If you or someone you know has had a horse feed-related legal problem, our firm can help. To request a free and confidential evaluation of your case, fill out our online form or call Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen at (888) 296-1681.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is monensin?

In technical terms, monensin is a type of ionophore. Ionophores are feed additives used in cattle diets to increase feed efficiency and body weight gain. Monensin is an antibiotic used for growth, typically found in bulk feed of cattle and poultry. It is toxic to many other animals, though, including horses and sheep.

What are common symptoms often associated with monsensin poisoning?

The symptoms of monensin toxicity may be mild or severe*, depending on the amount consumed and length of time over which it was eaten. Some of the most often reported signs of monensin toxicity in horses include:

  • Colic
  • Walking abnormally
  • Excessive sweating
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Weakness
  • Appetite loss
  • Rapid breathing and heart rate
  • Depression Diarrhea
  • Inability to get up
  • Kidney failure (dark urine, fluid retention)
  • Muscle wasting
  • Heart failure
  • Death

If your horse is experiencing any of the symptoms above, please seek medical help immediately.

What are the types of monensin poisoning?

  • Acute monensin toxicity occurs when your horse eats a large amount of monensin in a short period of time
  • Chronic monensin toxicity is from eating small to moderate amounts of monensin for a long period of time (more than one month)

What is the recovery time if my horse was affected by monensin? 

Consult your veterinarian on this issue. All horses that have consumed feed tainted with monensin are at risk for sudden death and therefore not safe to be ridden.

*The results obtained by the Firm in these cases are representative only, and there is no guarantee that future cases will yield similar results. The amounts set forth above are before deductions for attorneys’ fees and costs.