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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 years in business. 
I can tell you have
been very successful.

All the best.
- MS


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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 - December 2017...


I’ve been writing at least one time per month about the various bad things performed by folks involved in the horse industry. It’s amazing how often seemingly very fine people do some crooked things when it comes to the buying and selling of their prized show horses. Of course, it pops up in other areas of the horse community as well.

One would think there might be many repetitive areas….but there really isn’t. So the situation where a friend falls off their horse, just recently rented for a trail ride, doesn’t happen all that often.

Anyway, there was no doubt just why well over 40 states developed legislation which protected the professional horseman and horse owner from the prospect of defending themselves from ridiculous law suits. Most of the laws protecting themselves from stupid litigation were begun in or around 1994, with the state of Nevada enacting their form of the Equine Activity Liability statutes became effective May 27th, 2015, the 47th state to enact an Equine Liability statute.

Now just because your state has such a statute doesn’t mean you are not protected by the law. So if your injury was due to a previously undisclosed wild horse or faulty tack and equipment you are still protected. I would suggest you study the applicable statute in your state. The statutes are not that long and at least you’ll have an idea of things the stable owner or instructor can or cannot due. If you have even the slightest question, I would suggest contacting your personal family attorney or give me a call and perhaps I could help also, even though I am not a licensed lawyer.

Through my almost 35 years in the horse business and close to 1000 cases, I have been asked by many law firms and insurance companies to help in understanding their cases. I have also been asked to evaluate and appraise well over 35 different breed and disciplines which has helped me so much in identifying possible areas where a horse or rider has “screwed up.”

I would also suggest that if your state has an equine liability law, I would learn what’s in the law and how it might affect you. States not having such laws are California, Maryland and New York.

Archived Blogs - at this link

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
December, 2017

...Peruvian Horse more...

Past horses of the month

Tip of the month

December 2017
Members of the USEF need to note the changes in the membership period for all the membership levels.

The USEF membership period previously followed the horse show year, and beginning December 1st, 2017 the membership goes for 365 days from the date of application, whenever that happens.
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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