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post #11 of 27 Old 09-17-2012, 11:21 AM
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Sounds like a scare tactic to see if you'll fork over the money without them actually having to sue.

I work for a personal injury attorney and there's NO WAY we'd ever take that case. IMO, they don't have a leg to stand on unless they were actually struck by the vehicle or the machinery. Even then... the road is for VEHICLES and people riding horses do not have the right of way.

I would call their bluff, and do nothing until you actually have something official. Honestly I'm wondering whether anything at all even happened, or whether they're just scam artists.

If you do get something official, get an attorney and countersue as has been recommended.
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post #12 of 27 Old 09-17-2012, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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We talked to a neighbor and found out they have had a similar situation where three riders were riding alongside the road and started waving their arms as soon as they came close, they never heard from them, maybe because they couldn't track them down IDK, but another neighbor said they live in a run down house with a ton of horses and thinks they are looking for money.

They wouldn't have been able to get to a hospital that quickly and diagnose a concussion since the closest hospital is about 20 mins away.

My husband said they wanted to know who he worked for (probably wanting to find out if it was a big company that had money) he said I work for myself, she still insisted on knowing the company name, and told him if he knew horses at all he would have known better, he said we've owned horses our entire lives, and that he grew up on a cattle ranch. She then said, well some act different

We are just going to wait this out and see what happens.
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post #13 of 27 Old 09-17-2012, 11:50 AM
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Call their bluff. Tell 'em to have their lawyer send you a letter. You'll never hear from them again.

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post #14 of 27 Old 09-17-2012, 12:37 PM
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Call their bluff. Tell 'em to have their lawyer send you a letter. You'll never hear from them again.
Yup, and don't give them any information about yourself, tell them all communication needs to be handled through your lawyer, and DO NOT APOLOGIZE.
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post #15 of 27 Old 09-17-2012, 12:59 PM
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I wouldn't do anything until they sue.
I agree with Gunslinger. I would wait until you have received something official and through the courts. And only then would I start to shiver in my boots (hypothetically).

You will know then if they are going full out lawsuit or small claims. Regardless of which route they go, you will want to countersue for your legal defense fund.

It really sounds as if they were bullying you to see if you would open your checkbook. Glad you didn't try to settle on the spot.

If they continue to harass you or approach you on the issue without court documents, I recommend that you get a restraining order placed against them.

Essentially telling them to either put your money where mouth is or back off.
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post #16 of 27 Old 09-17-2012, 01:27 PM
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THey sound super shady!!!!

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post #17 of 27 Old 09-18-2012, 02:50 PM
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I don't think they have a case, and I agree with the above poster who said 15minutes isnt enough time to get horses up and get to a doctor...that scenario would have been more believable if say they had contacted you either late that day or the next day...


THAT ALL BEING SAID... having lived in a state where the farmers think they own the road especially during harvest season (NEBRASKA).....Im assuming by country road, you mean gravel.. IME 35mpg on a gravel road is NOT courteous. Especially when hauling clacking equipment...if you can see any sort of dust, you are not going slow enough. Flying gravel has a way of unnerving even some pretty traffic seasoned horses.. ( I might add this only applies to gravel)

I pay my county taxes just like everyone else, so sorry but it doesnt matter if im on a horse. I still expect some decency towards the fact that im on a flighty animal.

When I realized the farmers werent going to slow down for me even after complaining, I started riding in the middle if the road so they had NO CHOICE but to slow down..pissed em off but if they are going to be rude, Ill be rude right back.
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I don't think they have a case, and I agree with the above poster who said 15minutes isnt enough time to get horses up and get to a doctor...that scenario would have been more believable if say they had contacted you either late that day or the next day...


THAT ALL BEING SAID... having lived in a state where the farmers think they own the road especially during harvest season (NEBRASKA).....Im assuming by country road, you mean gravel.. IME 35mpg on a gravel road is NOT courteous. Especially when hauling clacking equipment...if you can see any sort of dust, you are not going slow enough. Flying gravel has a way of unnerving even some pretty traffic seasoned horses.. ( I might add this only applies to gravel)

I pay my county taxes just like everyone else, so sorry but it doesnt matter if im on a horse. I still expect some decency towards the fact that im on a flighty animal.

When I realized the farmers werent going to slow down for me even after complaining, I started riding in the middle if the road so they had NO CHOICE but to slow down..pissed em off but if they are going to be rude, Ill be rude right back.
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post #19 of 27 Old 09-18-2012, 03:22 PM
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Sounds to me like they're trying to bully you into giving them the cash so it doesn't go to court, when in reality they don't have the funds or the grounds to take it to court. I wouldn't spend time worrying over it again unless you receive a letter from their lawyer.
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post #20 of 27 Old 09-18-2012, 05:09 PM
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Offer them a High five, then tell em to read between the lines.
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