Equine Law: Keeping Your Horse Out of Harm’s Way

Equine Law: Keeping Your Horse Out of Harm's Way

Equine law is a legal practice focused on horse-related issues. These issues typically involve challenges faced by members of the equine community and its industries, such as horse facilities, breeders, owners and organizations.

Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen knows that horse owners are passionate about their animals and they often rely on the equine industry’s offerings to ensure their horses are healthy and safe. If the industry’s service providers and vendors are not held to the highest possible ethical standards, though, their clientele suffer.

Unfortunately, through the firm’s experience in practicing equine law, it has become clear that horse industry manufacturers have sometimes failed to control the quality of their product, which has resulted in tragedy for horse owners. In particular, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has litigated cases from all over the nation regarding tainted horse feed.

Andrew Yaffa and his team recently represented a group of California horse owners in a lawsuit against a supplier that failed to monitor its product for dangerous contaminants.

In this case, the manufacturer’s feed contained monensin, a cross-contaminant from cattle and poultry feed that is highly toxic to horses. Monensin causes neurological and heart problems for equines, if not death, and clinical signs can show either immediately or months later, depending on the horse’s exposure to the chemical.

Twenty of the boarder’s horses in Fresno, California died and 31 more suffered from debilitating illnesses after consuming the monensin-tainted feed. Sadly, this particular manufacturer had a troubling history of selling poisonous feed, making these owners the latest in a series of people who lost their animals to unethical industry practices.

Another case in South Florida was similar, where a feed manufacturer negligently sold contaminated horse feed. The horses that ingested the food fell ill, and several died shortly after.

If you or a loved one have a horse feed-related legal problem, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen can help. For a complimentary consultation, call (888)-296-1681 or fill out a free case review form.