Horse owners and farmers in Connecticut are livid by the accusation that horses are naturally vicious animals. This claim comes after a boy was bit in the face by a horse named Scuppy at Glendale Farms in Milford back in 2006. Those of us who own horses are in shock! If this comes to pass, horse owners would not be able to pair horses with children and the CT horse industry would suffer greatly, in the long run affecting a sizeable income for the state, as Connecticut holds the largest number of horses per square mile than any other state in the country.
Connecticut horse owners are passionate about their animals. We all know what horses are; prey animals that will only bite if threatened, provoked or sometimes in play, especially if they are young. What were the exact circumstances behind this bite to the boy? Was the owner present? Did the boy have food on his face or anything that may have smelled like a treat to the horse (remember, horses love sugar!)? Horses do not bite without reason, even if it is in play--even if humans don't understand the reason. But innately vicious? No. Prey animals, unlike predators, do not have the instinct to attack unprovoked. They do not chase down prey for the purpose of killing and food. If a horse feels threatened, they may attack if the other option is not presented to them: flee!
Within a domestic situation, horses can sometimes react in a way that is not wholly within their natural instinct, but very rarely and never without reason. That reason may not be obvious to a human at the time, but it is there. On the contrary, horses are the opposite of what this court is trying to claim. Horses are innately gentle creatures. These are not attack animals. If a horse has a tendency to bite (and I know horses who would not bite if their very life depended upon it), then that is an individual case and should not be grouped to include an entire species.
According to the Associated Press:
Horse farmers and equine enthusiasts, who cite 2005 statistics saying that the horse industry contributes about $221 million a year to the state's economy in boarding, training, lessons and breeding businesses, are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the Appellate Court's decision. The Connecticut Farm Bureau and Connecticut Horse Council filed a friend of the court brief saying that under common law viciousness generally is judged individually according to age, breed and gender, not as an entire species.
In other words, you attack horses, you attack Connecticut's economy, not to mention the millions of horse owners here in Connecticut.
This court case is an absolutely ridiculous farce and should be laughable at best, and not even considered seriously. It should be dealt with as a private matter between the boy's parent's and the farm. To judge an entire, naturally loving, domestic species on the basis of one incident, is outrageous.