North American Equine Services

North American Equine Services provides professional and accurate horse appraisals, in addition
to equine litigation consulting for all breeds, disciplines, and related equine activities.


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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.

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Qualified Equine Appraisals
NAES Qualified Equine Appraisals North American Equine Services (NAES) offers a variety of equine services including liability and standards and practices review.

Dave Johnson has been performing professional horse appraisals that are compliant with IRS and USPAP guidelines for more than three decades and is the leader in multiple breed equine appraisals. Understanding the different types of appraisals and their unique requirements is the core competency of the business.
Continuing education keeps NAES knowledgeable in multiple breeds, disciplines, and related activities results in a thorough valuation. Qualified appraisals are performed on site, or off site throughout North America. Appraisals from NAES are supplied in a professional bound report.

“Thank you for your outstanding job performance on the equine appraisal of two Haflingers, harnesses, wagon and equipment. The pictures were clear and crisp, the presentation was just what the IRS likes to see and the documentation was specific and detailed. Your expert and thorough work is much appreciated. “ J. H. Alexander more...
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September 2009
“Keep It In Aces”


Litigation Consulting
David D. Johnson 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. We are dedicated to every client and make sure all cases are handled with the highest level of confidentiality, experience, knowledge, and ethics.

One of the most important aspects of our work, here at NAES, is the discussions with lawyers, insurance companies and others interested in common standards of job performance in the horse industry. These would include proof that the consultant is using methods acceptable in the industry, proving that they have a deep understanding of all elements involved in the case.
Activities may include: review of cases from retaining counsel, preparation of rebuttal questions, and a candid explanation to counsel on case merits or lack thereof. Verbal or written expert opinions are provided and case files are stored indefinitely in climate-controlled conditions. A list of recent cases in which Mr. Johnson has been asked to provide expert testimony is available at this link: Rule-26-Case-Histories.html
NAES' David D. Johnson
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 39 years throughout North America.

Mr. Johnson’s background includes over 50 years as a professional horse and student trainer. His first professional experience in training both students and horses began when he was 12 years old in 1956 at the facility owned by the Chicago Irving Park YMCA. At the same time Mr. Johnson worked at the Milne stables taking out groups of riders on long trail rides. He was an instructor at both facilities which included acting as a trail ride wrangler. more...
Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy
Code of Ethics 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. This requires our behavior to conform to the highest ethical principles.

For these reasons, North American Equine Services, LLC, (NAES), requires its staff to conduct business with integrity, to maintain a standard of ethical conduct consistent with the regulations of all jurisdictions in which NAES conducts business, and to be guided by the knowledge that we are guardians of equestrian valuation and must maintain the values, spirit, and ideals of the sport and its part in the international movement.
Safety Policies
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...
Blog - Case of the Month
Blog-Case of the Month Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction...
I pick out a specific case from the hundreds that I have worked on in the past years and give you a brief rendition of the facts and outcome. And, I may cover 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.
April 2023
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Blog - Case of the Month from June 2019

Veterinarian Euthanizing the WRONG Stallion

The following has happened more than once and I have been asked to either defend the veterinarian or aid the stallion’s owner.

The problem: Euthanizing the WRONG stallion, or gelding the wrong stallion. Now I know you’re asking yourself…. How could that happen?!

Most veterinary state policies, plus the normal veterinarian’s own practice standards MUST demand the stallion’s owner be present or a qualified agent with a notarized authorization letter in hand any time either of these procedures are to be performed.

The common problems seems to always be that the situation or the parties get flummoxed by being rushed to “Just get the damn procedure done,” thereby failing to follow up and verify the procedures that are actually being done to the subject stallion.

That’s the very time the vet decides to go ahead without the necessary people present or the “agent” is late for the appointment. Now a word to the wise, never show up late for any veterinary appointment, (Or for any other horse related appointment).

I can tell you from lots of sad experiences that if the owner’s stallion gets castrated erroneously, the money damages sent on to the insurance company will be huge. And that’s where the insurance company hires me to come in and perform the Qualified Appraisal. And the same holds true if another horse is put down rather than the correct horse.

Through the years, I have appraised over 50 separate breeds and over 30 separate disciplines. Of course, our LORD has made horses pretty much the same way, with specific items which aid in separating the various breeds. If the breed to be appraised is one which I have done recently, I do spend time in refreshing my memory. But I can assure you the person who owned the horse which was inadvertently gelded or euthanized will submit a bill substantially more than the horse was worth, (No surprise there).

Often, the stallion is being gelded owing to the not uncommon problem of just unruliness where someone such as the owner or groom might get hurt or killed. Of course, in a big-time winning racehorse, it doesn’t matter how bad they act, just so long as they go very fast on the track. So obviously, everyone must be on guard for “killing” the wrong animal or gelding the wrong stallion.

In fact, I’ve seen stallions handled by a groom(s) on either side of the horse using stallion poles, about 8 or 10 feet long. These “stud poles,” are attached to either side of the stallion’s bridle or halter. In cases where the stable owner has a history of having unruly or unbroken horses, the vets must be very careful to not perform any large medical procedure unless the horse’s owner is present.

Mistaken identity is the number one cause of serious medical errors, so the person legally qualified to demand such important procedures must be around to verify the identity of the subject animal.

In other words, one must always assume that any medical procedure could be performed either on the wrong horse or on the wrong part of the horse’s body. So the answer is so very simple. The responsibility of the horse owner is huge, especially if the horse’s owner is new to the equine community. In short, nothing should be left for the veterinarian to figure out on their own.

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