Connecticut Senate Clarifies ‘Horses Are Not Inherently Dangerous’

by | 05.06.2014 | 7:18pm

In the wake of a court decision that implies all horses are inherently vicious, dangerous, or wild, Connecticut lawmakers are putting the final touches on a law that would protect horse owners.

On Tuesday, the state senate unanimously approved HB 5504, which states that the animals are not inherently vicious, and liability disputes concerning horses should be decided on a case-by-case basis.

The law stems from a case in which a parent sued a horse owner after his child was bitten by a horse. The child was feeding the horse under the parent's supervision despite signs instructing that horses on the property should not be fed. A judge ruled recently that the horse owner was liable because horses are inclined to be vicious or do mischief.

The ruling had many horse owners in the state concerned that their businesses would become uninsurable.

Read more at The Amity Observer

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