Horrible accident. Hope she recovers fully.
When I go to look at a riding horse, I expect the owner to ride the horse first, so I can see how they handle the horse and how the horse responds to them. I have made a few exceptions to that rule, but only when I actually knew the person selling the horse.
If the owner had showed up in flip flops like that, I probably would have left without trying the horse.
I've had "dumber" years too where I probably would have hopped on. I know better now.
As far as the woman getting sued, well that's going to depend on your state laws. In my state, we basically have state law that says if you climb on the horse, then you are responsible for yourself.
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It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.