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THE RURAL PLANNING RACTICE – Planning for a Stable Future ..

It is the dream of many horse owners to look out of their bedroom window in the morning and see their horses tucked up on the yard outside. The dream can become a reality, but requires jumping over the hurdles of the planning process first.  The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is the basis of modern day planning and permission will be required for any permanent equestrian building. This includes anything from a small two horse permanent field shelter to a commercial yard with 40 stables. A mobile field shelter which has skids ... Read More

£2,500 compensation for horse rider injured by an untraced driver

We were instructed to act for Miss G following a horse riding accident in which she was involved whilst out hacking on 20th November 2015. The circumstances of the accident were that she was riding her 24-year-old thoroughbred mare, which she had owned for 12 years and with whom she had a good established relationship. The mare was very good in traffic and had never had bolted with her in the past. Our client was riding out with her sister who was on her horse which she had owned for 5 ... Read More

£5,500 compensation for client injured on DIY yard

HorseSolicitor was instructed to claim damages in connection with an accident that occurred at a DIY livery yard on 13 November 2013. At the time of the accident our client stabled her horses at the yard. Our client was leading her horse across the yard, followed by her mum who was leading another horse, when suddenly both horses and our client fell. Our client sustained injury to her elbow and she chipped a tooth. A different horse had fallen in the same spot just 2 days before and the yard owner was aware that ... Read More


  Petplan Equine, one of the UK’s leading specialist horse insurers, is determined to help horse owners quickly identify lameness. Over 45% of Petplan Equine claims in 2015 were lameness related showing how common an issue this is within the equine community.  Petplan Equine’s ‘Spotting Lameness’  aims to help all horse owners and riders learn more about the symptoms, treatment and related issues of lameness. In addition to an interactive game putting visitor’s lameness knowledge to the test, the supporting material available includes an educational video, a poster to display ... Read More


Two horse dealers (Ms Jurecka and Ms Johnson) and a vet (Dr Smith) were recently convicted of multiple counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.  The large scale fraud involved drugging horses in order to mask health issues and other, often serious, behavioural issues in order to pass them off as fit and to sell them as being suitable for novice and inexperienced riders.  In most cases the horses passed pre-purchase vetting carried out by the vet, who was guilty of altering records to hide any issues and on ... Read More

Preparing your Equestrian Property for the Market

Summer is the perfect time to show case your equestrian property for sale on the open market. Large or small, preparing a stable yard, fields, possibly a ménage and a house for market can seem a fairly daunting task. Fox Grant estate agents give you an insight into what makes a perfectly presented property and how to achieve it. Starting now with your planning and de cluttering will really help to ensure your property is ready and looking its very best when your equestrian estate agents arrive to value ... Read More

Valuing multiple injury claims

In cases where a horse rider has sustained multiple injuries such as several broken bones, psychological issues, scarring and soft tissue damage he/she will receive compensation for the general sum of all of the injuries rather than for each individual injury. Multiple injury claims are more complicated to value that cases involving just one injury. This is because the compensation awarded for the injury element of a claim comprises of damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. The pain element is often shared across various injuries and not actually greater than ... Read More

Insight to Lissa Green’s training secrets

Sponsored by.. Petplan Equine have arranged for Eventing World Wide to have an insight into Lissa Green’s early training in preparation for the 2016 eventing season.  Lissa is the daughter of eventing legend Lucinda Green and is a CCI*** event rider in her own right.  Lissa gives her top tips for the year as she aims for her first CCI**** event in the autumn at Burghley Horse Trials.  There is nothing I love more than riding horses after they’ve had a good holiday, I have learnt to never underestimate ... Read More

Can I claim for property damage and vet bills following a horse riding accident?

We are often asked the above question by clients that have sustained personal injury. In short, the answer is yes. Where there is an identifiable Defendant who is found to be at fault, a Claimant is entitled to recover compensation for their physical injuries and associated financial losses. The exception to this is in road traffic accidents where you don’t always need an identifiable Defendant to pursue a claim although in these cases different rules apply surrounding property claims. [emember_protected custom_msg='This content is only available to Members, to read more of this ... Read More


Last month HorseSolicitor settled a claim for a client who had sustained a spinal fracture during a lesson in an outdoor arena. The case sparked a great deal of debate on social media from other riders/yard owners that felt that the claim should not have succeeded. The comments made it clear to us, as equine solicitors, that a great deal of confusion exists surrounding the difference between a genuine accident which occurs through no fault of anyone and where an accident happens because someone has exposed ... Read More