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post #11 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 06:23 PM
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I don't think Golden was trying to be rude. The reply came across as rude yes but I don't think it was intentional.



I'm very sorry for what happened. Was the horse loose or being held by your friend? It sounds like your friend was very lucky not to be hit too.
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post #12 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 06:52 PM
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If it's the fact Golden corrected your spelling that everyone found rude... I'm sorry, I don't think that's rude either. Quite honestly it grinds on me when horse terminology is incorrectly used or spelled. It helps one learn to have mistakes pointed out to them.
Being rude would have been correcting all spelling and grammar mistakes, correcting terminology, well no I won't apologize for that, a gelding is a gelding that is it!!

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post #13 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 07:01 PM
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I was just asking a question simply because cant hurt to know in case i am ever faced with this situation again.
Let's hope you never get in that situation again, not only for the horse's sake but hitting a horse could could cause someone to sue you due to improper containment, should the courts see it that way.
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post #14 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 07:05 PM
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Being rude would have been correcting all spelling and grammar mistakes, correcting terminology, well no I won't apologize for that, a gelding is a gelding that is it!!

That's not nice at all...... Both my dads and brother suffer with dyslexia. I get brain fog (from a disability) that causes all spelling to be terrible........................... Think before you speak

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post #15 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 07:16 PM
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Being rude would have been correcting all spelling and grammar mistakes, correcting terminology, well no I won't apologize for that, a gelding is a gelding that is it!!
Have nothing to add to the legal question, but as a former professional writer and editor I too have a hard time refraining from correcting spelling and grammatical and punctuation errors, especially when it clearly is an overall problem for that person and not just a missed typo. I got a bit schooled when a good friend of mine, a rancher who has only a high school education but has forgotten more than I'll ever learn about livestock, horses, and a whole lot of other things, confessed how ashamed she was at not being able to spell. She told me she was always told by teachers that she was stupid (which she surely is not) and would never amount to anything, because she can't for the life of her remember how many common words are spelled. It's essentially a learning disability she can do little about.

I'd have been less sympathetic if it were not that I cannot for the life me do even simple math -- I can barely add and subtract and couldn't tell time on an analog clock until I was eleven. I have a learning disability (it's called 'dyscalculia').

My point is, although poor grammar and spelling does reflect badly on a person, it's kind of like being overweight -- they are only too aware of how it makes them look, and if they could figure out how do something about it, they probably would. People who have a hard time with written English are brave to post in a public forum at all.

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That's not nice at all...... Both my dads and brother suffer with dyslexia. I get brain fog (from a disability) that causes all spelling to be terrible........................... Think before you speak
Practice what you preach! You have no idea of the struggles I have had in my life with word use and spelling.

I was a problem child, I had issues, you will still see me struggle, I will use wrong words, I will spell things wrong BUT I check things and I certainly took time to learn terminology.

But really, haven't you ever people got enough to do without bullying me about my opinion on a subject?

We are all entitled to that.

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post #17 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 07:28 PM
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Not related to the OP but not off topic, most browsers have a built in spell check.

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post #18 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 08:13 PM
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For what it's worth, I have found spell checkers and autocorrect to be woefully inadequate on much common horse terminology. Gelding vs gilding reeks of autocorrect. Many's the time I've hit send, only to see to my horror that autocorrect has changed something that I know I typed correctly.

And back on topic, I'm sorry about the horse. But You've received good advise here.
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post #19 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 08:20 PM
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I would have fought it for all it was worth, but I would not expect much as financial compensation.

BUT as he almost hit your friend that would say something, and proof that this guy is DUI and reckless on multiple known occasions would have me seeing if I/the cops could do something. It's just a matter of time before he does even worse. Though as a horse person the first incident was bad enough :( Lucky the horses were ok in the second.

There is a user on here, forgive me I don't remember who, who lost her horse and her leg in a drunk driver incident (she was riding). If he's drunk even if nothing bad happens doesn't make it ok.

My boyfriend was rear ended in a hit and run with a drunk driver. He was ok but the car he had JUST bought was totaled (though good thing he was driving a new safe car). Bad enough to make the news in several states. Luckily a good Samaritan cornered the guy (!!) and they caught him and he got charged with multiple things, previous DUI and outstanding warrant and he resisted arrest after the hit and run and refused a breathalizer saying "I'm too drunk". Plus my boyfriend sued his insurance, he won't be driving for awhile!

Not something to play around with. Unfortunately sometimes people don't take it seriously. I'd talk to the cops and see what you can do.
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post #20 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 11:21 PM
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It really depends on the laws in any area. Drunk driving is an offense in itself, as would leaving the scene of an accident be. I heard of someone who was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and hit and run because the police had a good description and his license plate #, and when they contacted the man at his home he was still above the blood alcohol level, and there was evidence of the accident on his truck. The OP's case might be different because it may have taken time to figure out who the man was. The horse did get loose, but at the time of the accident it had been caught and again it depends on the area because in rural areas livestock seem to get better consideration. If there was a good enough case against this man that he did hit and kill the horse, I would think his insurance (if he had insurance) would cover it as damage to property..
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