This story about “the horse lawsuit of 2006” and the premise that horses are vicious animals has been making headlines around Connecticut and its horse industry for some time. It came up again just yesterday, October 27, 2013, in the grain store at Putnam Farmers in Putnam, Connecticut. Obviously much time has passed and, still, the issue runs rampant with horse people in the state as witnessed personally by the writer.
A couple of customers were aghast that this “nonsense” was not settled and were heatedly engaged in a conversation as they were standing in an aisle. An older woman customer chimed into the conversation between Helen O’Donnell, horse owner, and horse breeder Meredith Sarano. She said, “Well, you know how long it takes the court system to work. Better give it a lot more time. The Supreme Court wants to get this right so no other humans are endangered by vicious horses.”
The three women chuckled. A man strode by them on the way out of the store, muttering, “The world is nutty. Calling horses vicious. What a hoot!”
He’s so right. I can’t believe it has come to this. Guess there are nutcases everywhere. The kid had his cheek bitten. Strange that any horse would just up and bite a kid's cheek. It just doesn't work that way. I'm thinking the horses might have been competing for a treat and the kid moved his head in the way. Then they said the property was posted not to feed or pet the horses. Hello, that means they don't want people. Does anyone know if the kid was giving a treat to the horse?
The conversation was of great interest to this writer. These women seemed informed on the topic of “vicious horses” and obviously considered the case from horsemen’s viewpoints.
Oh, this thing has been all over the system. It’s another court that made a ruling that, according to testimony, horses are likely to do mischief or be vicious. I remember it because it dumbfounded me. Someone was on another planet when this ruling was made.
The older woman spoke into their conversation again. "You know this is serious though. If they come up with horses are vicious, kiss our horse industry good bye in Connecticut. It’ll hit everything from riding lessons to horse shows and boarding."
They’ve been at it for years. Must be nice to have that much time. Anyway, everyone knows this whole thing is ridiculous.
They continued with their conversation and talked about what others had said, what they knew about the court case and the people who raised the issue in the first place.
Suffice it to say that horse people scoff at this whole matter – in fact they ridicule it. Most liken it to the impossible ruling made years ago about the McDonald coffee lawsuit – and who doesn’t know about that one -
It will probably take the Supreme Court a few months before a decision is released. Horse people would like to believe that centuries of horse associations with humans are considered over one incident in a lawsuit.
Horses are no more vicious than a dog or cat. In fact, it’s not even an issue. And how do the courts figure to castigate an entire species because of one court case?
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