I have been injured whilst trialling a horse for sale. I was not informed that it wasn’t a novice ride. The horse was too strong and took off with me. Can I claim?
A: Proving Negligence
You may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. It’s the responsibility of any horse owner to bring this sort of information to someone’s attention before they actually try the horse. By failing to do so, they could have breached their duty of care to you.
The Animals Act 1971
If the owner of the horse was aware of its strength and tendency to take off, as well as your status as a beginner or novice rider; we would allege that they have breached the Animals Act 1971. Therefore, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Potential for Compensation
Assuming that the above criteria are satisfied, we would then look to see whether the horse owner has any insurance or significant personal wealth. This would be decisive in whether it’s worth you making a claim.
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