The Mane Point: a legal blog for smart horses and their people

On the Benefits of Horseback Riding

Now in the second year of a global pandemic, many of us are looking for healthy ways to cope with stress and grief—myself included. And while I am no medical professional, I can tell you that our horses here at Almost Heaven Vanners provide health…


Starting a Horse Business: Changing Your Mindset from Pastime to Profession

Many people with hobbies related to horses will tell you that their involvement often extends a bit deeper than the term “pastime” would suggest. For most of us, our equine endeavors are as central to who we are and the lifestyle we live as any…


Spring Horse Fever? Keep a Cool Head with a Horse Buying Checklist

As I sit at my computer on this frozen February day, with our fields iced over and the horses sporting winter blankets, it is hard to believe that the sun and warm temperatures will ever return to our little corner of West Virginia (WV). But they…


What Is Equine Law?

When I tell people that I am an equine attorney, they seem incredulous that "equine law" is a field of practice. The first question I get is, "Really? What is it that you DO?" The answer is, I help horse owners and equine entrepreneurs protect the…


Sometimes People Act The Fool: Why You (Yes, You) Need Equine Liability Insurance

I get asked all the time: why do I need commercial liability insurance for my equine business? Savvy business owners know that Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the majority of all other nearby states have an equine “shield” law that essentially…


Equine Liability: Don’t Risk Your Kingdom on a Half-Nailed Shoe

A horseback riding accident can happen in the blink of an eye. One moment, you are happily trotting down a trail. The next moment, you are flying head first into the unforgiving trunk of a tree. What the heck just happened?