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    One voice...many disciplines.
  • The Louisiana Equine Council's purpose isto promote and market Louisiana equines and the equine industry.
  • The Louisiana Equine Council's purpose isto develop and expand equine research and educational programs.
  • The Louisiana Equine Council's purpose isto encourage and facilitate the economic development of the equine industry.
  • The Louisiana Equine Council's purpose isto promote the safe use and enjoyment of equines.
  • The Louisiana Equine Council's purpose is to encourage youth development through involvement with equines.

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Equine Liability Statute
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Equine Liability Statute: Are you in compliance?

Many states have passed equine liability laws that protect against the inherent risks of equine
activities; in fact California, Maryland, Nevada and New York are the only states that do not have such
laws. All of the laws are fairly similar, but contain different characteristics. In Louisiana, the equine
activity liability statute is divided into two sections; one related to "farm animal activity" and one
specific to "equine activity sponsors." Both statutes have identical terms, except for the animal to which
the statute pertains. Under both statutes, “engaging” in the farm animal or equine activity does not
include being a spectator at a farm animal activity, except in cases where the spectator places himself in
an unauthorized area and in immediate proximity to the farm animal or equine activity. The farm
animal or equine professional is NOT protected under this statute if they...click here for more

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 19:48
Equine HV-1
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Equine HIV

This is from Dr. Neely Heidorn, LSU AgCenter Horse Specialist, about the EHV-1 virus.
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Horse owners advised to be on the lookout for infectious disease. Horse owners should be alert for equine herpes myeloencephalopathy – or EHV-1 – in their horses, according to veterinarians with the LSU AgCenter and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:39
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  • Membership Development

    horsecarriage Chairman: Howard Cormier

    Plans and implements membership drive and new member information and orientation. Reviews proposals for new member services and makes recommendations to the board to implement and monitor member services. Brings the message of the Council to the public and industry members. Encourages active memberships and publicizes efforts and accomplishments of the Council.

  • Education / Youth Development

    marewcolt Chairman: Open

    Provides general educational opportunities for equine owners through short courses and clinics including administering and promoting scholarship award programs. Youth organizations such as FFA, 4-H, US Pony Club, Breed Associations, etc. benefit from council assisted programs representing youth interest at the local, state and national level.

  • Equine Welfare Health

    horsefence Chairman: Ruby Halter

    Addresses welfare issues within the state's equine community that will positively affect the quality and performance of equines in a variety of areas including emergency disaster response, slaughter, safe transportation and rescue. Informs the horse industry of disease problems through continuing education formats. Maintains media contact to alert and inform equine owners about health issues and special events.

  • Trails, Land Use, and Zoning

    horseshoe Chairman: Peggy Bianchi

    Works to protect and expand the network of open lands available for trail riding. Provides an interactive forum between legislators, trail organizations and government and private agencies to preserve, improve and expand areas for equestrian recreation, land use and zoning.

  • Legislative and Governmental Affairs

    horsegrazing Chairman: Daniel Lyons

    Works to influence legislation and agency regulations for the benefit of the horse industry and horse owners in all areas pertaining to equine activities, welfare, land and trail use.

  • Marketing and Promotion

    horsechild Chairman: Daniel Lyons

    Works to promote the horse industry as a whole within the state of Louisiana.

  • Facilities

    horsestableChairman: Bill Bunton 

    Seeks to maintain a dialog between horse facilities in the state and groups who use them, and keeps a current list of all equine facilities statewide.

  • Equine Assisted Programs

    horsechild Co-Chairmans: Dixie Bunton and Heather Dionne

    Educates the public in the benefits of equine assisted activities (therapeutic riding and driving). Encourages quality program standards and supports existing and new centers through clinics, educational programs and mentoring. Informs horse owners of the benefits of a "second career" for their horse in a therapeutic riding program.

  • Finance, Budget, and Grants

    horsewhite Chairman: Dixie Bunton

    Oversees the Council's financial resources including investments and manages monthly, annual and long-range budgetary needs. Receives committee budget requests and submits proposed annual budgets to Board of Directors. Monitors financial contracts and grants. Recommends and reviews financial policies for the Council. Reviews audited and unaudited financial reports and reports findings to the Board of Directors.

  • Newsletter and Website

    horseshoekid Newsletter Chairman: Traci Benoit
    Website Chairman: Richard Hebert

    Facilitates Louisiana Equine Council's (LEC) communication of news and useful information through quarterly membership newsletters, board e-news, and by maintaining a dynamic and current website.

  • Nominations and Board Development

    horsecarriage Chairman: Daryl Schouest

    Provides nomination guidelines, smooth board transitions, and execution of nominations.

  • Annual Meeting

    marewcolt Chairman: Dixie Bunton

    Organizes annual meeting, overseeing location, events and publicity of meeting.

  • Horse Fair Exposition

    horsegrazing Chairman: Dr. Clint Depew

    Organizes annual meeting, overseeing location, events and publicity of Expo.

  • Louisiana Equine Council(LEC)By-Laws

    horsefenceChairman: Howard J. Cormier 

    Manages and maintains current Louisiana Equine Council (LEC) bylaws.