Horses & The Law Publishing / Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney


The Leading Equine Law Book Series


Welcome to the official website of Horses & The Law Publishing. We produce and sell high-quality books on Equine Law written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law, one of the nation's leading practitioners in Equine Law. We also sell Julie's co-authored book, published by the American Bar Association, entitled "Litigating Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers."


 We Proudly Bring You Informative and Understandable Equine Law Resources

Equine Law & Horse Sense (published in 1996) and MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense (published in 2000) combine general principles of the law with "horse sense" tips to help people avoid legal disputes.  The books are meant to be companion books that sell together but can be ordered separately.  They include no forms and cover numerous topics.

Equine Law & Horse Sense (166 pages)

Topics covered include:

Nuisance Liability / Prevent Neighbor Battles Over Horses
The Law of Independent Contractors
Elements of Effective Breeding & Boarding Contracts
The Law of Negligence - What is It?
Premises Liability (liability when guests or visitors are hurt)
Attractive Nuisance Liability -- and How to Avoid It
15 Common Characteristics of Effective Liability Releases
How to Avoid Disputes With Your Insurer -- and Get Claims Paid
Debt Collection for Boarding Stables & Stablemen’s Liens
Alternatives to the Legal System – Mediation & Arbitration
How to Effectively Represent Yourself in Small Claims Court
How to Write a Demand Letter That Gets Results
Understanding Equine Activity Liability Laws
Glossary of Over 80 Legal Terms -- and more

MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense (234 pages)

Topics covered include:

How to Find and Hire an “Equine Lawyer” to Work For You
15 Myths Regarding Equine Insurance
Veterinary Malpractice & What You Can Do If You Suspect It
Equine Activity Liability Laws -- Do They Work?
Business Entities / Non-Profit Entities to Consider
Equine-Related Volunteer Liabilities
Boarding Stable Liabilities
Products Liability & What to Do If You Suspect a Defective Product
Liability Releases & Waivers -- What Makes Them Fail?
Several Ways to “Fine-Tune” Your Equine Contracts (No Forms)
The Law of Equine Leases, Half Leases, and Trial Periods
Equine-Friendly Zoning – Details & How to Achieve It 
How Equine Liability Laws Affect Your Contracts
Pitfalls of Installment Payment Arrangements -- and more 

Also available for direct purchase: Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (584 pgs.)


This book was published by the American Bar Association in 2009, and Ms. Fershtman is co-author and co-editor.  Chapters include:

  • Negligence and Tort Law
  • Animal Ownership and Custody Disputes
  • Veterinary Malpractice
  • Animal Insurance and Coverage Disputes
  • Animal Related Contract & Sales Disputes
  • Animal Association Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Practical Considerations for Animal Law Attorneys -- and more

 For more information on the book, click here We sell the book directly and ship immediately for a substantial discount off the ABA's $130 list price.  Contact Ms. Fershtman for more information. 

The Equine Law & Horse Sense two-book series, together, sell for $42.90, first class shipping included (US orders only. Sorry, we cannot sell within Michigan).  If ordered separately, Equine Law & Horse Sense is $17.95, plus $5.95 first-class shipping, and MORE Equine Law & Horse Sense is $22.95, plus $5.95 first-class shipping.  

To order the Equine Law & Horse Sense books, please mail check or money order to: Horses & The Law Publishing, P.O. Box 250696, Franklin, MI  48025-0696.

Contact Julie Fershtman, the author: (248) 785-4731

 About the Author


 Julie I. Fershtman, a Shareholder with the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, is among the nation's best-known and most experienced Equine Law practitioners.  For more complete biographical information, please visit and

Crossing virtually all equine breeds and disciplines, her law practice serves a national clientele of stables, professionals, associations, veterinarians, businesses, show management, insurers, trainers, "celebrity clinicians," and individual horse owners. 

Peer recognition among Equine Law practitioners. She is a Fellow (one of less than 20 nationwide) and officer of the American College of Equine Attorneys.

Experience. She has taken equine law cases to trial in 4 states and has achieved numerous victories. In one year, she won jury trials in three states (Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan), two appeals, and a major Federal Court insurance coverage case.  In addition, she has helped clients avoid legal disputes by drafting a wide variety of equine industry contracts, including waivers/releases, purchase or sales contracts, boarding contracts, training contracts, leases, and numerous other contracts.  

Industry Service. She has served on boards of the American Youth Horse Council and the Equine Land Conservation Resource.  She also has served for several years on the Planning Board for the National Conference on Equine Law.

Accomplishment.  A lawyer since 1986, she is listed in The Best Lawyers in America , 2013, 2014, and 2015 (Categories: Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law) and is rated “AV” [highest rating] by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The lawyer rating website, AVVO rates her 10.0/10 (highest rating). She has also been named a Michigan "Super Lawyer®" from 2008-2014; in 2013 and 2014, Michigan Super Lawyers® also named her one of "50 Top Women Lawyers in Michigan" and one of Michigan's "Top 25 Women Business Litigators." In 2010, Michigan Lawyers Weekly named her a "Leader in the Law." She is a graduate of Emory College in 1983 and Emory Law School in 1986.

Industry Recognition. Ms. Fershtman has received many distinctions for her service to the equine industry on a state and national level. CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) honored her with its "Partner in Safety" Award. The American Riding Instructors Association presented her with an “Outstanding Achievement” Award. American Youth Horse Council gave her its "Distinguished Service" Award. She also received an “Associate Award” from the United Professional Horsemen's Association.  She received the Michigan Equine Partnership's "Industry Service" Award and the Michigan Horse Council’s “Catalyst Award.”

Speaking Engagements.  With speaking engagements in 28 states, Ms. Fershtman is  unquestionably the nation's most sought-after speaker on Equine Law. Her speaking engagements include Equine Affaire (Ohio, Massachusetts and California), Equitana USA, National Conference on Equine Law, Midwest Horse Fair, US Dressage Federation Convention, U.S. Pony Clubs Convention, American Horse Council Convention, American Paint Horse Association Convention, American Morgan Horse Association Convention, Carriage Operators of North America Convention, Hoosier Horse Fair, Michigan Horse Council Expo, national Agribusiness Conferences, and the American Youth Horse Council Convention. In addition, her articles have appeared in over 400 publications and web sites.

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  Julie I. Fershtman, Esq.


32300 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 230
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Direct Line: (248) 785-4731



The choice of a lawyer for your legal matter is one that should always be taken seriously and with great care. 

If you have a serious legal matter and want to hire Ms. Fershtman, please remember that we must avoid ethical conflicts of interest.  Please do not e-mail, fax, or send us details of your potential legal matter. (We might already represent the other side.) Instead, please call Ms. Fershtman's office [Direct line: (248) 785-4731 - Main office line: (248) 539-9900] so that we can evaluate potential conflicts.  If we cannot help you, it may be possible to refer you to another lawyer.

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