Posted: 1:01 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
By Rick Couri
The ruling came after a horse named Scuppy bit a young boy’s face.
And it wasn’t a playful nip. Court documents show the animal got ahold of the boy’s cheek, "removing a large chunk of it."
That led a Connecticut court to legally label horses as a “vicious” species.
If the ruling stands it will make it nearly impossible for horse owners to get insurance and cause other headaches for the industry.
"You could not pair children and horses, the core equestrian business nationwide that it's all about," attorney Doug Dubitsky said.
Dubitsky is a lawyer who represents farmers and businesses dealing with horses, one of those is Glendale Farms where the incident occurred in 2006.
The court said testimony by Timothy Astriab, whose family owns the farm, proved that Scuppy is one of “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious."
In reality what Astriab said was that Scuppy was the same as just about any horse. That means if you hold a finger near his mouth, you’re probably going to be bitten.
Horse owners want the state Supreme Court to reverse the decision. They claim viciousness is, and should be judged by individual cases and not as a species.