The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that horse owners have a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent equines from causing injuries.
The court upheld an Appellate ruling 6-0 that horses belong to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.” Four of the justices said that when it comes to deciding whether an animal is dangerous, each must be looked at individually. Owners may be held liable for negligence if they fail to take reasonable steps and an injury results, they said.
Many in the state’s horse industry are worried the ruling will have a negative affect on their businesses through insurance price hikes.
The decision was a win for the family of a toddler who was bitten by a horse named Scuppy at a local plant market. The child’s family filed suit in 2006.
The case has been remanded back to the lower court for further proceedings.