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We understand an owner must invest a lot in their horses and ponies, both financially and emotionally. That is why if there's ever a disagreement over ownership, it is likely there's going to be a huge amount at stake. Unfortunately, however, such disputes can be quite complicated, as without a properly drafted contract proving ownership can be difficult.

The British Horse Society recommends that if you're considering a loan arrangement or you're going to co-own a horse, there ought to be a written agreement. This will enable you to stipulate certain conditions of the deal, like: who is in charge of the horse's upkeep, how prize money should be split, and what should happen when the horse is retired. The contract, which should be issued and signed by both parties, can then be referred to in the case of an ownership dispute.

However, if there's no contract, there are a number of other documents that can prove useful. For example, the name stated on the horse's passport and the freezemark paperwork can help to substantiate someone's claim on a horse. More importantly, the registration certificate and the relocation of ownership papers are, in most cases, adequate evidence to legally verify ownership.

Even so, ownership disputes aren't always so clear cut, and many disagreements revolve around something of a 'grey area'. For example, the necessary documents may have been temporarily handed over during a loan agreement, only to be selected by the other side. Alternatively, a co-ownership contract may have been badly drafted, meaning both parties are in stalemate over a certain issue-for example, who is liable for paying vet bills. In such an event, it is vital to talk to a legal expert.

Urban riding is often likened to the romantic visions of the American Wild West when it was commonplace for outlaws and cowboys to ride horses as a form of transport before cars were invented. When this happens in the 21st century, kids can often be seen riding their animals to the local shops or to local parks where they play with their friends.

If you're facing an equine ownership dispute, you need to find legal advice. Horse law is a complex subject, and thus guidance from a professional with a thorough knowledge of equine ownership disputes is vital. A solicitor is the best person to inform you on your position, helping to lay out your legal argument and guiding you through the best course of action.

01/27/2015 22:08:38
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