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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

August 2021
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October 2009 used for August 2021

Case of the Month pointed out again the necessity of safety issues when going to the almost ubiquitous dude ranch.

The case stressed the importance of wearing protective head gear. Often, vanity gets in the way of protecting your head from injury and long term problems.
In this instance, the parents of the children rightly insisted the kids wear horse-approved helmets. Unfortunately the adults chose not to wear the helmets…thinking that “after all, it was just a one hour ride and the helmets were “homely.”

During the ride, a rabbit frightened the mother’s horse that bucked and dumped mom on her head. The injury put her in a coma for one month and she literally had to re-learn everyday activities.

Of course, the mother sued the stable but won a mere pittance owing to the state of Colorado’s equine liability statute (45 other states have similar laws).

The lesson learned is so obvious: no matter your skill level, always wear the homely helmet; given the choice again, the mother would have gladly exchanged one hour of “homely helmet” use to years of physical and mental therapy.

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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.

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 39 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...
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August 2021
Carolina Marsh Tacky

History and Genetics: Carolina Marsh Tacky is a forgotten breed and was once an important contributor during the Colonial period. more...

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NAES - Ethics

August 2021

Another example where having a signed contract can save you the loss of your business.

A guest and his family were vacationing at a Dude Ranch. The ranch has every guest sign a policy contract and a safety protocol sheet after they receive hands-on instructional session. The documents explain the responsibilities and safety rules of the ranch. Parents must sign for minors. Included in the safety rules: guests may never get on a horse unattended, a wrangler must be with you and the mount at all times, and all guests must wear a helmet when riding- no exceptions.

A ranch guest decided he want to get a photo op with his 10 year old daughter and her mount be fore the scheduled trail ride began.

Without asking for a wrangler’s permission, he put his daughter on the horse not wearing a helmet, and led the tied horse away from the fence. The horse spooked and the ten year fell off breaking her right arm. Dad fell backwards and injured his back.

Dad thinks he has a great case to sue the ranch, dose he?

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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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