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post #1 of 65 Old 09-23-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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US case to decide are horses vicious?

Link to article: BBC News - Connecticut court to decide whether horses are 'vicious'

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Personal thoughts: Really?...I get really annoyed when I read these things. "A species naturally inclined to do mischief and be vicious" Oh my gosh this has to be a joke. In a way this kinda reminds me of a lot of falsely accused dog breeds being accused of being dangerous.
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post #2 of 65 Old 09-23-2013, 09:55 PM
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At a large horse show some lookie-loos were wandering the barns and their 5 year old son ran right up to my yearling's back legs. I had to pull the child away and give it a lecture on why that was dangerous while their mom just stood there, stupified.

If you wouldn't let your kid run up to other livestock animals, such as bison or bulls or camels, don't let them think horses are puppy dogs. And even puppy dogs can be dangerous when approached without permission.


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Oh geeze.... ANY animal can be 'mischievous and vicious'. This is a bunch of sue happy people trying to pin something that just happens onto a specific person/animal/species. My parents used to say that if you got hurt while being around animals (deliberate attacks excluded) then you buck up, realize stuff happens and take care of it. It's an animal and it probably didn't mean to hurt you, just was doing what animals do. It's a lot like the parents that dangle their children over the 'beware of dog' sign filled fence and sue when the dog bites the kid. IMO it's often times also the humans fault for not realizing if they were out of their element or misreading body language. C'mon people.... give us horse people a break, just because you're too busy pretending to know everything does not mean that all horses are dangerous.
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post #4 of 65 Old 09-23-2013, 10:26 PM
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Link to article: BBC News - Connecticut court to decide whether horses are 'vicious'

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Personal thoughts: Really?...I get really annoyed when I read these things. "A species naturally inclined to do mischief and be vicious" Oh my gosh this has to be a joke. In a way this kinda reminds me of a lot of falsely accused dog breeds being accused of being dangerous.

Ya know, it isn't a horse that I think of when I read that comment you put in italics AQHA Girl...my first thought were children. So, can we go to court and decide if those little devious snots that my neighbor squeezed out fit the bill???? Sheesh...leave my horses alone!
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post #5 of 65 Old 09-23-2013, 10:42 PM
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How absurd!!

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post #6 of 65 Old 09-23-2013, 11:57 PM
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What a waste of everyone's time. I once bit someone in school when I was little. Does that make me and my 'species' "vicious" ?

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post #7 of 65 Old 09-24-2013, 12:04 AM
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It's not a joke....which is what makes it both sad and hilarious beyond belief
It does make you wonder what they're using for brains in Connecticut's legal system.
Based on their ruling....let's see...dogs, cats, cows, goats, pigs, sheep, mice, rabbits (yes they bite too), chickens, ducks, geese, ....... pretty much everything except most types of fish used as "pets" qualify as "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious" in the state of Connecticut.

I think some Connecticut judges and lawyers need a lot of very serous psychological help

My dog knocks my grandchildren down all the time as she swings around to face each of them when they surround her while all trying to pet here. I guess that makes her "extra" dangerous

What makes it even more ridiculous (if that's possible ) is that Connecticut already as a law (as do all but a very few states) addressing this.
For Connecticut it reads:
"Assumption of risk by person engaged in recreational equestrian activities when, each person engaged in recreational equestrian activities shall assume the risk and legal responsibility of any injury to his person or property arising out of the hazards inherent in equestrian sports, unless the injury was proximately caused by negligence of the person providing the horse or horses to the individual engaged in recreational equestrian activities or the failure to warn against a dangerous condition, use, structure or activity by the person providing the horses or his agents or employees."

OK, Connecticut Appellate Court Judge: Here's your sign
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People get worse everyday. If it had been me, my dad would have said 'bet you won't stick your face there anymore' this suit takes up valuable court time/ cost. There are people that have really been hurt/victims that need it. Would not be surprised to learn that the insurance companies are behind this push to label vicious. May up the premiums, and lessen their exposure.
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post #9 of 65 Old 09-24-2013, 02:54 AM
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Oh what wuz dat pookie? Dwangerous horsey worsey bite you?
Don't wowry mommy wommy going to sue it and make it alllll better!

Give me a break! It's a freakin prey animal!

ETA: I agree, ban the vicious children. Better yet, ban the stupid people that breed them!
(And I'm a parent!)

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post #10 of 65 Old 09-24-2013, 02:58 AM
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I think they have a point... Ponies, especially shetties, are pretty devious little snots! I always have problems with ponies..especially the little ones!
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