Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
In civil court in the US you can can file a complaint (sue) any one for any reason. This does not mean it won't be dismissed years later after the defendant has been harassed to death, it just means there is nothing protecting society from this type of harrassment - and the lawyers make sure it stays that way. So, nothing trully protects you - however, most states have equine laws which recongnize there is an inherent danger w horses.
I do not mean this in a bad way, however, if you do not even know where to begin with lessons, you should have declined. You need training as much as the student, not good. I never took formal lessons, but I paid for them for my daughter b/c she wanted to do english and I only ever did western. I thought it was interesting how they "formalized" it. It looked so fun, I took a few myself! They were pro's, they knew their hunter jumper "stuff" AND they knew how to train. A parent should have enough sense to hire a pro trainer. There is no law preventing anyone that wants to from taking money for lessons....but I imagine it wouldn't be in your favor if anything happened and you were taken to court.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.