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Equine law is generally defined as the body of law (statutes, court opinions) that governs the ownership, buying, selling, riding, breeding, racing, training, handling, insuring, and boarding of horses—and membership and participation in related organizations and activities. For example, contracts often define these transactions, relationships, and activities, and statutes often limit the personal injury liability of owners and operators of equine-related events and activities.

In Texas, equine law encompasses various legal aspects related to horses, including ownership, sale, breeding, racing, training, and boarding. Contracts are commonly used to outline the terms and conditions of these activities. Texas has specific statutes that address the liability of equine professionals and activity sponsors. One key piece of legislation is the Texas Equine Limitation of Liability Act, which aims to limit the legal liability for injuries or deaths connected with equine activities. This act requires that equine professionals and event organizers post warning signs and include warning language in contracts to inform participants of the inherent risks involved in equine activities. However, the act does not grant absolute immunity, as there are exceptions where the equine professional or sponsor can still be held liable, such as through providing faulty equipment or failing to properly assess the participant's abilities. It's important for those involved in equine activities to understand these laws and to ensure that their contracts and practices comply with state regulations.

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