Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
First off, owning a horse is a liability. Most people will put human safety above an animal's.
My first thought is: You're coming into this situation full of emotion and anger.
My second thought is: You might bring more harm to yourself than good. People might start talking about a horse being dangerous or that your horse wasn't protected properly; that there should be signs warning people about the danger of a young stallion; that you should have been more attentive. There are a million reasons why your going into court could backfire BIG against you.
Do you have eyewitness accounts, besides you own, besides your best buddies', that will vouch for EXACTLY what happened? (Neutral parties would be best.)
What EXACTLY did happen? Did the horse spook and run through a fence? Was it 110% the girl's fault? If not, I'm afraid you won't have much of a leg to stand on.
Are YOU over 18? If not they might strip you of your stallion, or press charges for a minor owning a stallion.
Do you have liability insurance, especially knowing you're dealing with a stallion?
Hell, this girl's parents could counter sue you right back, saying the little girl is emotionally traumatized from the event, that she's little and didn't understand and obviously she had enough time to get this horse, tack it up and get on without anyone noticing - where were the supervisors?
I'm just saying that you might just be in the heat of the moment right now.
I'm sorry to hear about your horse, but I might suggest just rolling with the punches right now and think of ways to avoid this problem next time. How about a latch too high up for kids to reach? How about a loud bell on the horse's stall door or a "silent" alarm (so the alarm alerts a beeper or something away from the stall) to notify you whenever the stall door is opened? What about educating these children about the very real dangers that stallions are?
I'm being the Devil's Advocate here, but I do have to wonder how this was possible at all.
I do wish your horse a speedy recovery from these events, he'll come around to eating soon enough and as long as you take care of the cuts well from day one, they'll heal nicely as well. The only scars either of you will suffer will be the superficial ones. He's 3, he WILL get over this :)
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