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Are horses naturally vicious? Court to consider question

noseA hearing is set for the Connecticut Supreme Court today to consider whether horses are a naturally vicious species.

The appeal stems from a case that arose when a boy tried to pat a horse named Scuppy at a farm in Milford, Connecticut, in 2006.

The horse bit the boy on his right cheek, causing an injury.

The case went to the New Haven Superior Court. The judge sided with the owner of the horse, saying the child’s father had failed to prove the owner knew of past aggression by the horse.

However, a midlevel appellate court looked at the case, and found that the injury suffered was foreseeable and the farm owners had a duty to use reasonable care to restrain the animal to prevent injury.

That February 2012 ruling suggested Scuppy belonged to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious”.

It is that observation that has the state’s $US221 million a year horse industry concerned. It had the potential to jeopardize insurance cover and threaten activities involving children and horses.

The court is expected to reserve its decision.

 

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  1. Celeste says:

    Any word on how this turned out?
    Absolutely absurd.

    • Di Slade says:

      Bad horses are made, not born.
      What was this kid doing to the horse, and what is the horses history, they are not vicious by nature, they are made that way by man

  2. Amber says:

    I was feeding my placid horse a bread treat when a bit fell out of his mouth. Our Dalmatian, who was standing beside me, quickly scooped it up and my horse calmly put his head down and bit the dog on his back (enough to take skin off) to get his treat back. The horse didn’t put his ears back, was quite controlled throughout the whole episode and it was all over in the blink of an eye.

    I don’t believe there was any ‘evil’ or malice on the horse’s part nor was it a vicious attack, he was just communicating as horses do.

    BTW – the vet said it was his first ‘horse bites dog’ case ;P

  3. Reena says:

    Savage attacks from horses can happen to anyone at anytime from any horse … People need to wake up and realize that horses have teeth … Really big ones that are designed in the exact same fashion as the human mouth … Just stretched out a bit more … It is my experience that an attack can come from the nicest and best handled horse … It is in their DNA … If you are not a leader whilst with a horse then you are a follower and must be kept in line .. So many people let the horse take command without even realizing .. With such subtle gestures like leaning their head onto you … Putting their noses in our faces .. All things people believe to be affection which in reality is a subtle domination … Then they step in your direction and you step back to make room for them in your personal space … You are a pushover … The time is coming for us to reassess how we manage this magnificent creature in a much more educated way and that can not be done while we play silly games with them and base their training on the misguided ideal that they are a prey animal … They can be just as predatory as a human … If it hasn’t happened to someone you know then it is only a matter of time … Once you have seen one of your beloved horses try to rip your daughters throat out in front of you … With two lightening blows that pulled her chin off and came frighteningly close to her jugular and for him to go there from a sweet and obliging creature … You realize we are missing some very important information about this ancient warrior … We don’t have to fear them, there is power in knowledge … But most of all we should not become complacent about this subject … The truth is only what you bielieve at the moment and if you don’t challenge your truths your not evolving … I still have horses and respect them more than I ever have but we shot the prized creature that nearly took my daughters life … No regrets !!!

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