Join us to help
create a strong unified voice for all horse interests
toward the preservation of a future for horses in New York State.
NYSHC Membership is open to individuals, families, clubs, organizations or businesses interested in supporting the equine industry in New York State. Our current concerns include:
INHERENT RISK LEGISLATION – This is introduced every year, and is blocked every year by the trial lawyers.
LANDOWNER LIABILITY – This is additional verbiage to strengthen the position of the landowner and allow trail riding on private lands.
NEW YORK STATE HORSE PARK – We are working actively with the Horse Park Association in attempting to get a world class horse park for the state.
REGISTERING/LICENSING/REGULATING RESCUE FARMS – At the present time anyone can hang out a shingle and claim to be a rescue farm. This has resulted in some being raided and prosecuted for abuse and many just up and going out of business. Something must be done to provide education, business assistance and regulation for this portion of the industry, especially with the increased emphasis on the Unwanted Horse.
STRENGTHENING THE HELMET BILL – The existing helmet bill needs to have the age restriction increased from 14 years of age to 18; and it must be changed to apply to all public lands within the state.
TRAILER TOLLS – The council is actively attempting to have the trailer tolls for gooseneck animal trailers rolled back to those charged for the same size RV trailer.
BOARDING FARM AND FARRIER TAX RELIEF – Currently boarding farms and farriers are required to collect sales taxes for their services. We have been and will continue to attempt to obtain relief from this requirement.
CREATION OF AN EQUINE CHECKOFF PROGRAM – The council has long been a proponent of a surcharge on each bag of feed as a check off program for the equine world. The moneys collected would be used for promotion of the equine industry in the state, creation/maintenance of trails, assistance for an Unwanted Horse program and
maybe – just maybe- the development of a horse park.
CREATION OF AN INTEGRATED STATE WIDE TRAIL SYSTEM – The council supports the creation of a state wide map which shows all horseback riding trails (state, county and municipality) within the state. Then once this has been published and is in use, a strong move forward to create a totally integrated east-west and north-south trail system for long distance riding and camping.