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post #1 of 7 Old 08-06-2010, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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be careful what you say

I am sickened by another case of slander in the horse world. I keep meeting people with horse facilities embroiled in court cases that should never happened. Be careful what you say. Don't make up bad things about business owners. I know saying catty things can seem like fun when everyone is in a group but it can spiral out of hand quickly. Before you say something about a boarding facility, breeder, trainer or horse rescue think it through. Don't exaggerate. Make sure you have the facts straight. If you want to say something really bad make sure you are in the right and that you have absolute proof.These court cases usually hurt everyone involved on both sides. Even children need to be told to be careful what they say.If you have something negative to say decide first whether you would be comfortable defending that comment in a court of law. Horse businesses are usually low profit margin. If something takes away cash flow or business the owner quite often is forced to take drastic action.
All of the cases I have seen were eventually settled in the favor of the business owner.
My point is this. Go out there and have fun with your horses but be careful what you say. You don't know who will repeat it next. If you think someone is doing something wrong make sure they are doing something wrong before you spread the word.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-06-2010, 09:27 AM
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So what prompted this particular PSA? Are you personally embroiled in a case where you said something you shouldn't have?

As I understand it, in order for slander/libel/defamation of character to be prosecuted concerning a business, it has to be proven that they've affected the business owner's livelihood. Which can be difficult to do unless the business owner's profits dropped off dramatically after the innuendos, gossip, and downright lies started.

I know many things about many people; some good, some very bad. Unless they're directly endangering animals, children, or other adults, I keep my mouth shut. How someone conducts their own business has nothing to do with me. If they're bad people, they'll lose clients when people start to wise up.
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So what prompted this particular PSA? Are you personally embroiled in a case where you said something you shouldn't have?

As I understand it, in order for slander/libel/defamation of character to be prosecuted concerning a business, it has to be proven that they've affected the business owner's livelihood. Which can be difficult to do unless the business owner's profits dropped off dramatically after the innuendos, gossip, and downright lies started.

I know many things about many people; some good, some very bad. Unless they're directly endangering animals, children, or other adults, I keep my mouth shut. How someone conducts their own business has nothing to do with me. If they're bad people, they'll lose clients when people start to wise up.
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In this case the person did damage the business severly due to spite.
It isn't my horse business and it wasn't my comment but I still end up hearing all of the pain that comes from it. I also ended up on some sort of mailing list filled with bile. I had to spend an hour blocking all of the email addresses to stop the reply all nonsense that came through the email. I have also known of several cases of this over the years. It just makes me sick to my stomach.
I still say people need to be careful what they say. Too many people think that they can get away with anything and you just can't.
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What is the business? Do you have links to the case information?

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What is the business? Do you have links to the case information?
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What is the business? Do you have links to the case information?
As it is not my company I will have to get back to you on that. What it is a horse rescue which lost over half of its funding due to slander. The case is pending and I will update you after the trial. This woman was trying to push the owner of the land off of the board. When she couldn't she went out and got all of the feed stores to stop their hay drive for them plus got money funding withdrawn. The poor darn horses are just a bunch or starved wrecks that are looking for new homes once they are fattened up and loved a bit.
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