Liability for damage
With a weight of about half a ton, and the potential for aggressive and intimidating behavior, the average horse can cause a lot of damage.
If such damage occurs due to the owner’s negligence, such as by keeping aggressive horses on a public right of way or allowing a horse to escape onto and thereby damage another’s property, then the owner is held liable under common law.
On the other hand, if the damage would not have occurred if the animal were restrained or was caused by an uncharacteristic behavior the owner was aware of, then the owner can be held liable under civil law.
Even if owners have taken all reasonable precautions, they may still find themselves liable for any damage their horse causes, which is why it is vital you seek dedicated legal advice from our specialist solicitors.
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