Originally Posted by averylilly
OK first off I really like the barn I am at BUT there is a ton of safety hazards. For example by the indoor arena there is cut tin ( the walls have tin on them) and if you have ever touched cut tin you know what I am talking about. If I little kid or horse leaned up against that they would be cut so bad. There also are screw in the indoor sticking out and I know my horse if I am stop like to rub their faces on the wall. And the gate hinges. Oh the hinge .The hinge sticks out a good 5-6 inches. So I was riding a while back and I was just walking by the gate and my stirrup got caught in it. So my heal was digging in to my horses side so he lunges forward and then panics because he canít move so he keeps lunging forward. I canít jump off because my foot is locked in my stirrup.. So finally my saddle gives. And I fall off. I broke my arm and canít ride for four more weeks. I also have to buy a new saddle because it broke when it got caught (which will not happen for a while). So I donít know what to do. I could sue them but there no way I would. They are really nice people it just there is soo many thing me or my horseís could get hurt on. I donít want to leave that barn but I am thinking about it. They still have not fixed the hinge which kind of makes me mad because what if a little kid get there stirrup caught on it. It could be more than a broken arm.
I don't understand why everyone thinks suing will fix everything. Obviously in a barn there are things that happen, or that are wrong. IF the tin is out of the way, fine if not talk to the BO and maybe offer to help put it away or move it. The screws and hinges can be avoided. Like speed said, MOST hinges depending on the type do stick out or have a latch you can get caught on if you ride too close.
As a responsible horse rider and owner, I always look out for stuff like this. I would just be more careful and really watch where you ride. Also, bring it up with your barn owner and maybe the issues can be taken care of.
Suing in this case would do NOTHING, there's no case. It would just take extra time and money.