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You, an experienced farrier, are shoeing a horse belonging to a new client. As you approach the horse’s hindquarters and reach for his leg, the horse delivers a sudden, swift and wild kick. Your leg is shattered and you are going to be unable to shoe horses for several weeks.
Do you have a case against your client?
This article explains:
In the six states that have no equine activity liability law on the books, or if an equine liability law does not apply to a particular setting, those who suffer a horse-related injury may have legal rights to sue under the legal standard of negligence. Although its definition can be somewhat complex, negligence is generally the failure to act as a reasonably prudent person would act under similar circumstances.
Here are a few court decisions involving injured farriers who sued horse owners under a legal theory of negligence:
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