Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I do not know your local law, but the basic facts are as I see them:
He has a piece of paper saying that you agree to pay $x for damages done to his property.
You are now asking if you can say to the court that you DID do the damage but it was your horses that did it, and your horses shouldn't have been there, so you are not responsible for the damage.
Hmmm it seems a bit weak to me, sorry.
You willingly put your horses there, without checking whether the property was legal for horses - he didn't MAKE you put your horses there. And according to the piece of paper, you subsequently agreed to pay for the damage.
I feel sorry for you because I would be willing to bet that the value of any damage your horses may have done was less than he is claiming off you. I think that if you are going to argue anything in court you could try to have the amount he is claiming against you reduced.
Good luck with it. Sometimes it is better to give in, having learned a valuable (expensive!) lesson.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.