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North American Equine Services provides the most professional and accurate horse appraisals plus equine litigation consulting for all breeds, disciplines, and related equine activities.

Every client is insured that all cases are handled with the highest level of confidentiality, experience, knowledge and ethics. Discounts available to nationally recognized associations, barns and multiple horses.
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Dear David,
Many thanks for allowing me to solicit your opinion and advice about starting an equine mediation practice. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time to give me your perspective. Congratulations on your 17 years in business. I can tell
you have been very successful.

All the best for another 17!


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Blog - Case of the Month
Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction...
I’ll be picking out a specific case out of the hundreds I’ve worked on in the past years and give you a brief rendition of the facts and outcome. And, I may cover pertinent equine related topics.

Taking advantage of situations that have occurred to others may lead you to say things to yourself like, “Boy I’m glad that didn’t happen to me!” Anyway, for sheer entertainment value, you’ll like them.

After reading the Blog, please feel free to call or e-mail with any questions or comments. Although I will not be taking comments on this blog, your feedback is welcomed. Archived Blogs available at this link.

NAES BLOG - November 2017...

If you’ve been in the horse business for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve had to teach your share of lessons.

The major problem with any instructor is the number of raw beginners and just what to do with them. My wife and I each have taught literally thousands of lessons, most of which are for the beginner. Now waking up every day, knowing you have to teach the beginner can be quite depressing for a number of reasons.

Just trying to find variety in what you’ll teach then doing it in such a way to keep your student’s interest and yours is a tough job. In running any stable business, its super to find an instructor who actually enjoys teaching the novice rider. Being creative can be hard, but the biggest problem is keeping you, the instructor happy with what you’re teaching and not becoming bored.

It’s important to remember that the beginner rider is definitely NOT bored and thinking up additional exercises which may possibly be creating a dangerous situation. A perfect example is as follows:

An attorney from Maine was vacationing at a dude ranch just outside of Tucson, Arizona. The lawyer and his wife had carefully explained that neither one had ever ridden a horse, which they clearly explained to the wrangler.

They were very surprised when the wrangler suggested that the riders “go barreling.” The wrangler explained they would have a quazi-competitive event in a clearing where three barrels had been set up resembling a barrel racing course. Anyway, because the wrangler was bored, he exposed the riders to activities which they were totally unqualified for. Novice riders are often “shamed” into doing an activity way over their abilities.

To shorten the story, the Maine lawyer went first “at a trot,” which was over his beginner status since he could barely walk or even guide his horse. His horse stopped at the first barrel causing him to fall off resulting in months of hospital time and since he hit his head, (the wrangler didn’t even mention that helmets were provided,” he had serious head injuries. All in all, his legal practice was finished since his memory was shot.

When all this was carefully explained to the insurance company they didn’t even quibble at their responsibility and paid the multi-million dollar settlement demand.

The lesson to be learned obviously is when teaching the beginner rider, always remember that everything you’re doing with then is all new and exciting to them and just because you’ve done this type of a lesson hundreds of times, it’s all new to the beginner rider. Don’t be tempted into “jazzing” up the lesson with activities which may injure your student.

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Qualified Equine Appraisals
NAES is the leader in multiple breed equine appraisals. We can give you the most accurate and professional qualified appraisal in the industry. more...

NAES' David D. Johnson
David D. Johnson operates North American Equine Services, LLC as its President and CEO. The company, based in Phoenix, Arizona specializes in litigation consulting, related activities and horse appraisals for the legal and insurance communities and has been doing so for the past 30 years throughout North America. more...

Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
As the premier financial appraisers and evaluators of the equestrian sport in the United States and North America and because we operate in the public spotlight, we are expected to conduct our affairs in a manner consistent with the great trust that has been placed in us. more...

Safety Policies
As a licensed official with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Mr. Johnson fully supports and promotes the organization’s efforts with the safety and welfare of horses and riders. The USEF has instituted a Safe Sport Policy available at this link.

Questions and answers regarding the USEF Policy are available as FAQ’s at this link. NAES has had similar policies in place since its inception.

NAES clients expect absolute confidentiality in their dealings with our firm. more...
Horse of the month
Horse of the Month
Horse of the Month for
November, 2017

...The Waler - Australia, New South Wales more...

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Tip of the month

November 2017
Words of advice can and do result in bad things which may happen to your horse.

Such as, let’s say your trainer says to always tie your horse’s head up when shipping, but in your next trip with your horse a minor fender bender panics your horse who tangles himself in the tie rope.

Can you sue your trainer? ...No way, because his advice is easily verifiable and is done by most if not all horse owners and haulers.
Current & Past Tips

Litigation Consulting
NAES, while not giving legal advise of any kind, provides a full range of services to horse owners, and the legal and insurance communities. Check our Legal Services page for more.

- FREE phone discussion for however long it takes to discuss anything horse-related.

- NAES can then guide you in the areas of standards & practices, accident investigation and anything involving horse activities.

- We also provide expert witness testimony for settlement conferences, arbitrations, mediations and at trial.


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