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Equine Agreement under Dutch law


Once the situation is deteriorating, it’s too late. A bespoke equine agreement under Dutch law, written by an expert equine lawyer who is familiar with the subject, will protect you, your horses and your business. We will ensure that you are covered in all aspects of sales, purchases, breeding loans, training, options, and any other important situation. We are experts in the drafting of standard terms and bespoke contracts. Furthermore, we frequently draft terms and agreements in the following areas.

What Makes Equine Agreements Unique in the Netherlands?

Equine agreements in the Netherlands are unique due to the country’s rich equestrian heritage and the specific legal frameworks governing these transactions. Understanding the nuances of Dutch equine law is crucial for anyone involved in the horse industry, from breeders and trainers to professionals. For entrepreneurs in the equestrian sector, certain special features should be taken into account when negotiating or drafting contracts under Dutch law. For example, when doing business with Dutch parties, it should be borne in mind that binding horse agreements can already arise during negotiations and before the actual contract is signed.

Horse contracts under Dutch law

Equine Agreements under Dutch Law: An Expert’s Guide

Why Are Equine Contracts Important?

Protecting Interests: Equine contracts in the Netherlands are legally binding documents designed to protect the interests of all parties involved in horse-related transactions.

Clarity and Compliance: They provide clarity on terms and conditions, ensuring compliance with Dutch laws and regulations.

Key Elements of an Equine Contract in the Netherlands

Identification Details: The contract must include detailed information about the horse, such as breed, age, health status, and registration numbers.

Terms of Sale or Lease: Clear terms including price, payment schedule, and conditions of sale or lease are essential.

Liability and Risk: Provisions for liability, risk of loss, and insurance coverage are vital.

Warranties and Representations: These clauses cover the health and fitness of the horse, as well as any specific guarantees made by the seller.

Legal Considerations in Dutch Equine Transactions

Consumer Protection Laws: The Dutch Civil Code offers protection to buyers, particularly in consumer sales.

Liability Issues: Understanding liability in case of accidents or injuries involving horses is crucial.

Dispute Resolution: Effective resolution mechanisms for any disputes arising from the contract should be outlined,


Case Study 1: A dispute over a horse’s health after purchase, highlighting the importance of clear warranty clauses.

Case Study 2: A lease agreement gone wrong, demonstrating the need for detailed liability and termination clauses.


  1. Engage a Specialist: Consult a Dutch attorney with expertise in equine law to draft or review the agreement.
  2. Detail is Key: Ensure all specifics are clearly outlined to avoid ambiguity.
  3. Stay Updated: Keep abreast of changes in Dutch law that might affect equine agreements.


In the Netherlands, equine agreements are not just simple transactions; they require a deep understanding of both the equestrian world and Dutch legal nuances. Whether you are buying, selling, or leasing a horse, it’s imperative to have a well-structured contract that adheres to Dutch law. Engaging with a legal expert in this field can not only protect your interests but also ensure a smooth and compliant equine transaction.

Contact our equine lawyer in the Netherlands

Maud van den Berg is an equine law attorney in the Netherlands and creates close working relationships with clients, providing pragmatic solutions across on all legal matters in the Netherlands. Maud is an associate of our Dutch Equine practice group in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Her specialist areas include the purchase of a horse in the NetherlandsEquine disputes under Dutch lawEquine contracts under Dutch law & litigation, including civil litigation, arbitration and mediation. Maud is a dedicated, creative attorney with extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Visit Maud’s profile via the website or follow our Dutch law firm via LinkedIn.

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