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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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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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...
Horse of the month

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November 2003
"Wellington"

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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


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...


Blog - Case of the Month

January 2022
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August 2010 used for January 2022

Many years ago I was asked to review the circumstances surrounding the rather mysterious death of a Quarter Horse at an Oklahoma show facility. The owners had put in a claim under their mortality insurance for $50,000.00, the face amount of the policy.

I hired a separate independent veterinarian who performed a necropsy on the animal, much to the alarm of the owners, I might add. In fact, I had to retain the services of the insurance company’s attorney and the local sheriffs department to prevent the owner’s own veterinarian from interfering with the procedure.

Upon examining the details of the case, the IVE, (Independent Veterinary Examination), determined that the horse had died of a severe anemic condition; the horse was dehydrated with very little blood in his system.

The insurance company’s veterinarian discovered that the horse had lost several quarts of blood; the owner and their own vet could provide no reasons for the animal’s condition. This information was turned over to the insurance claims adjuster with the report’s findings suggesting possible fraud.

The insurance company then required the claimant to sue for recovery of any part of the $50,000.00 since there was little evidence as to how the blood was removed and by whom; the claim was eventually paid but at a much reduced rate.

The news of the “jugging” of a very good show horse spread widely and the exhibitors were barred from further showing under “for cause” provisions of many horse show contracts.

Unfortunately, the draining of blood in a competitive western pleasure show horse was often used by unscrupulous exhibitors in an effort to quiet the horse in the show ring.

Situations such as the above are extremely rare now since much more aggressive examination techniques are used by all the horse show associations. In addition, most exhibitors would never do anything as horrible to horses that give us so very much and ask for nothing in return.


Archived Blogs - at this link

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.

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