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post #21 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 10:56 PM
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Driving drunk, would be a separate charge, if confirmed by blood alcohol level.
Far as hitting the horse that got out, sorry , but as a horse owner, you are liable for any accident when a horse gets out on a road
Had the driver been hurt, there could have been two issues-him driving under the influence, and your responsibility of any injuries, caused by ahorse getting out on a road
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post #22 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 11:04 PM
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Only way you would have had any legal foothold, would be to have had him stopped at the time, and forced to give a breathalyzer or blood sample for Blood alcohol level
He could have been charged with drunk driving, or reckless driving, but after all this time, you have no evidence that would stand up in court, and would in fact, risk being counter sued.
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post #23 of 36 Old 10-03-2016, 11:29 PM
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Didn't involve a drunk driver but not too long ago a friend of ours had a horse get out and get hit on the road. They were responsible for all the damage done to the driver's vehicle. Thankfully he wasn't injured but it did kill the horse.

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post #24 of 36 Old 10-04-2016, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Smilie View Post
. . . Far as hitting the horse that got out, sorry , but as a horse owner, you are liable for any accident when a horse gets out on a road. . .
Except it sounds like the horse had been caught and was being led at the time of the accident. So I'd think this is a different case than if it had been hit before the friend caught it.
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post #25 of 36 Old 10-04-2016, 01:08 AM
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Hmmmm...usually the livestock owner is liable for damage if it's on the road. If it's off the road with someone holding it and the driver swerves and hits it, well, I'd check into that. Sounds awful no matter what.

As for the grammar police here...I worked as a proofreader for an equine newspaper for a number of years. It may not look like it as I have gotten lazy. But I'm here to say you guy are amateurs. : ) My former boss and very good friend can find errors just about anywhere. A menu, a highway billboard, the name of a business on the front of a building, you name it. One day I'm looking for a correct spelling in the dictionary (before the days of spell check and a computer on every desk) and there, on a page, is a word with a red circle with the error marked. One little typo in 10 bazillion words and she found it. She's still a stickler but I figure an error isn't terminal, and sometimes they can be really funny. You can bet I proofed this reply about 10 times and probably still made an error someplace!

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post #26 of 36 Old 10-04-2016, 06:05 AM
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And here it is :) Sorry, I just thought it was funny
Originally Posted by Dustbunny View Post
But I'm here to say you guy are amateurs. : )
For the OP. Yes, a year later is a bit late to do anything about it. I'm not really sure how the eyes of the law would see it. But, as your friend already had the horse under control, I don't think it would be considered a loose horse. Thankfully your friend didn't get hurt, or worse, killed.

I'm really sorry to hear about your horse. I would be devastated if this happened to one of mine. I think that the only thing you can do at this point is to do your best to make sure it doesn't happen again by keeping your property as secure as you can.

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post #27 of 36 Old 10-04-2016, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
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.

Your struggles have nothing to do with this person and do NOT give you permission to be so rude. If somebody replied to my dad like that, I would outraged and absolutely disgusted.
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post #28 of 36 Old 10-04-2016, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Yogiwick View Post
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.

Thank you for your help .

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Thanks every one for your help .

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I don't know what the statute of limitations is for vehicular endangerment/DUI, but I would think the police wouldn't have any recourse this late after the incident. If you've waited a year, DUI can't be proven. The most would be reckless driving, but unless the person who owned the acreage where he plowed into the pasture brought charges, the police have no reason to even try and bring a case. You have to give them something more than just speculation and a claim over a year old that something happened.

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