I actually know that area well. I certainly understand their point, although part of it sounds like typically insane NJ sue happy people (I lived there for 8 years before moving back to PA). However, if I was in her position, and had repeatedly told this person he was not permitted to trail ride on my property, and he continued to do so, I'd want to go after the guy for injuring me and my horse. That area in particular has some very nice upper level barns with high dollar horses.
Tresspassing maybe. But how do you sue for the possiblities? Just because a horse looks like it might be a good jumping prospect doesn't mean it will end up in the Olympics. Extensive hospitilization? What was she doing, lunging in a barbwire arena? I've seen a lot of high end showjumpers and I haven't seen one yet try and kill itself because some other horse showed up.
Do they have a lawsuit, unfortunatly, they probably do knowing this sue happy country where we live.
Shutupjoe... the dam of my newest arrival was originally Buzzard Bait until the owner got it legally changed... some people.
Yeah I thought it was a little weird that the horse got that spooked by another horse. If it's a high level show horse then it should be used to seeing other horses all the time. It seems a little odd that a horse would get so spooked by another horse that it would throw itself through a fence.
A horse can easily be spooked by another horse, especially if the first horse comes tearing out of a blind corner up behind the other horse. If the show horse was young, high strung and just in training, yes, disaster is possible. I would be livid if I were the property owner.