Know Your Limits

Equine Land Conservation Resource brings equine activity and recreational use statutes together for horsemen and landowners.

Do you want to know what land you can use recreationally in your state? It might depend on the landowner, and the landowner’s choices might depend on your state’s laws.

The Equine Activity Statutes and Recreation Use Statutes Directory, offered by the Equine Land Conservation Resource, can be your guide to the rules in your state.

ELCR created this Web resource because landowner liability protection varies from state to state. In most states, it is governed by two sets of laws, equine activity statutes and recreational use statutes.

The Web directory provides a single source to view and compares statutes by state. The site provides live links to the statutes themselves, and the information will remain current.

In addition to the live links, the directory provides analysis of the statutes. Details provided include things such as whether or not charging a nominal fee for access will reduce or destroy a landowner’s liability protection and whether specific language is required on signage as outlined by a statute.

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“It is our hope,” says Deb Balliet, ELCR chief executive officer, “that providing a clear, concise knowledge base will help horsemen when speaking to landowners about maintaining or providing access to trails, riding and training spaces. Landowners can rest assured that their interests are being considered by the horsemen who access their land.”

Roll It!

Bo Winslow, from QuarterFest 2009, gives you some of the do's and don'ts involved in camping with your horse.

ELCR has provided this information for educational purposes only; it is not intended to be legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Please consult an attorney in your state for specific interpretation and guidance on matters relevant to equine activity and recreational use statutes.

Equine Land Conservation Resource

ELCR is the only national not-for-profit organization advancing the conservation of land for horse-related activity. ELCR serves as an information resource and clearinghouse for land and horse owners on issues related to equine land conservation, land use planning, land stewardship/best management practices, trails, liability and equine economic development. Find out more about ELCR.

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