A Vicious Problem
Back in 2006, a boy was bit by a horse on the cheek. Most people wouldn't think too much of this story, until now. His parents had sued the farm and now it is going to the supreme court. Want to know why? Read more to find out.
The bite reportedly caused serious injury to the boy's cheek. When they sued the farm owner, the parents lost in 2010. However, the ruling was later overturned because they said that the boy's injury was predictable since the equine species is considered vicious.
If the supreme court agrees to this and classifies the horse as a vicious animal, this could mean that horses will no longer be insurable, at least in Connecticut. It will also affect the multimillion dollar a year horse industry and make it even more difficult to match a horse to the right rider.
When we think of a vicious species, we often think of animals like lions, wolves and bears. As horse people, we know that horses aren't vicious animals. In fact, the equine species is more likely to flee than it is to fight because of its prey instinct. Horses are not naturally aggressive, unless someone has taught him to be that way. With that said, they are also pretty quick learners and their aggression can be fixed if they are taught properly.
This unfortunately seems to be a case of a lack of understanding. Horses will always communicate with you and warn you if they are uncomfortable. If a horse feels trapped and intimidated, they feel like they have no other choice but to fight. Sometimes people are unaware of what they are communicating to a horse that could get them in trouble. That's why those who are new to horses are usually always supervised by someone with a lot of experience.
Blaming an animal for our mistakes or our lack of understanding is not the answer. Hopefully the court will see this and not label the horse as a vicious animal. They shouldn't ruin millions of people's passion for someone's misfortune. I can tell you that I have gotten bit, kicked, stepped on and thrown off many times throughout the years and I have never sued anyone. I've done the opposite in fact. I had realised my mistakes, learned from them and moved on. I'm sure many horse people would also say the same. As harsh as it may sound, if the boy and his parents don't want to learn from this and want to be bitter about it, that's fine. The simple solution is to never step foot into a stable instead of preventing others from enjoying what they do.
If you would like to read the article about this case, you can click here.
So, that is it for this week. Thank you for reading and I hope you are all enjoying your horses.
Until next time, happy riding!