Supreme Court holds that horse owner is subject to ordinary negligence liability

2014-07-22 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

Category: Animal and Dog Attacks

Joseph M. Busher

Overturning a Superior Court ruling, the Supreme Court holds that the owner of a horse that has not previously displayed mischievous propensities may nonetheless be held liable and must use reasonable care to protect others from the horse.  Two Justices of the Court would have classified horses as inherently mischievous and prone to biting.  The majority adopts a case-by-case approach as to whether reasonable care was exercised.  Vendrella v. Astraib Family, L.P., SC8949 ( April 1, 2014) 

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