Equine Law is our niche. Equine Law requires a lawyer to have thorough knowledge of horses, the equestrian industry and professional jargon used.

According to the Dutch Civil Code a horse is not ‘property’, but Dutch property Law does apply. This means that the horse is considered movable property. However, the horse is a living creature, with different usage purposes and other risks. This for example must be taken into account when drawing up a purchase agreement.

The same applies, for example, to the drafting of boarding agreements and training agreements. As a stable owner, how can you limit your liability if something happens to the horse or if the horse causes damage? How can you prevent being left behind with a horse that is no longer being paid for?

When you train a horse for someone else, you as holder/owner are (also) liable for any damage caused by the horse. Are you sufficiently aware of this and what do you agree to with the owner of the horse? What are the agreements if the training goals are not achieved or when the horse gets injured? We point out the risks to you and with a good contract we exclude them for you as much as possible.

Seizing is relatively easy in the Netherlands. Seizing a horse may be easy to achieve legally, but the consequences can be very far-reaching.

Equine Law is a specialism. At VanToorn Equine Law you are assured of good advice and support from an experienced and specialised lawyer.

You can contact us for advice and assistance regarding for example:

  • The drawing up and reviewing of contracts
  • Proceedings at the District Court and Courts of Justice
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Cases in regard to liability/personal injury matters