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post #1 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think they have a case?

Trespassing - yes. But the rest - I dunno . . .

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post #2 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 03:57 PM
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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.

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post #3 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 04:04 PM
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If he had been warned repeatedly to stop trespassing, and it's documented somewhere, I'd think they have a pretty good case.

He's just lucky he doesn't live in my area. Continually trespassing onto posted land here, you're likely to find yourself on the business end of a shotgun or rifle.
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I do not get how his riding thru would cause an experienced show horse to freak out and run through a fence.

Should be interesting as the details come out.
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 05:08 PM
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"Continually trespassing onto posted land here, you're likely to find yourself on the business end of a shotgun or rifle. "

Yep, around here they actually are proud of the fact that "We don't call 911". That's usually posted on a no trespassing sign and a picture of a man with a shotgun.

Knowing the rednecks in this area, he'd probably he gotten dragged off his horse and had 'swift justice' applied to his hide.

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post #6 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 05:33 PM
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Yes ma'am. I live in Virginia, but out in the boondocks. They take private property VERY seriously here.
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post #8 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 08:00 PM
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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.

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post #9 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 08:17 PM
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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.

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post #10 of 19 Old 11-18-2010, 10:48 PM
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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.
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