Citizens of Kentucky are protected by laws stemming from the US Constitution, Kentucky Constitution, and Kentucky Revised Statutes. New and revised Kentucky laws are enacted when Kentucky lawmakers create or revise a Kentucky Revised Statute. Therefore, most Kentucky laws can be located in the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS).
Citizens of the Commonwealth often find it difficult to identify laws appropriate and applicable for horse owners. This is especially challenging because equine and animals laws appear throughout a range or KRS chapters. The reason the laws are spread among such a variety of chapters follows the timeframe and context under which the revised statutes were written.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky maintains a website (www.kentucky.gov
) and all Kentucky laws including the Kentucky Constitution and Kentucky Revised Statutes can be found from that site.
When looking for Kentucky laws, you may search Kentucky Revised Statutes by Chapter number (if known) or keyword.
to search by Chapter. When searching by chapter you will need to scroll down to find the appropriate chapter as the chapters are listed numerically.
to search by keyword or phrase. When searching by keyword or phrase it is helpful to keep the keyword simple. For example if you’d like to find information on laws pertaining to owners’ responsibility to keep horses contained on their property, you might try a keyword search for “fence”. It is helpful to search several difference times using a variety of keywords that may have similar meaning i.e. fence, surround, contain, hold, etc.
When reading the statutes, it is important to understand the difference between the words shall
. "Shall" is translated to mean "must". May is loosely translated to mean "could".