Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
That sucks. Before I go out to see a horse I ask them if someone will be there to ride it first so I can see how it goes under saddle. Once I just got on, but it was for a free lease horse that was a friend of a friend, not a stranger out for money.
I hope your friend gets better, and people read things like this and realise you can't just get on all horses and hope they are fine.
Once I was going to start riding a friends horse regularly, they got on it and rode first and it was fine. I got on and it bucked immediately - so even then, someone else riding doesn't guarantee it.
As much as it sucks and it's totally awful, I don't think the owner should be sued. People shouldn't be sued just because they lie. Horses are dangerous - every horse is dangerous. This was a nice free mare that the owner didn't ride - it's to be expected that it's not perfect - how many more "warning signs" does someone need? The more people sue in the horse world the more expensive things are, and the harder it is to do things. If it was a professional trainer, riding school or something that misled someone, then fine, sue. Just a dodgy person giving away a horse? Nah. Every horse person knows that any horse can do something like this - it's the inherent risk of our activity.