|Proving again that the truth is stranger than fiction...
I’ll be picking out a specific case out of the hundreds
I’ve worked on in the past years and give you a brief
rendition of the facts and outcome. And, I may cover pertinent equine related topics.
Taking advantage of situations that have occurred to others may lead
you to say things to yourself like, “Boy I’m glad
that didn’t happen to me!” Anyway, for sheer entertainment
value, you’ll like them.
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NAES BLOG - May 2017...
NAES, my company, was asked to evaluate a case of loose horses who escaped through a gate that was left open. Eight horses got out and four of them were hit and killed by a 23 year old male driver. The driver was alone at three AM going to work. He died instantly.
The tragedy of the accident is so sad since it was entirely preventable. It just took someone who took the half second to close the gate.
I can’t emphasize the importance of all safety issues because of the simple task of closing the gate not being done the driver and four horses were killed.
Unfortunately, I’ve been called upon to investigate many accidents where there didn’t have to be any deaths at all except for a minor negligent act.
In short, there are numerous responsibilities involved in owning a horse, and among them is the duty to “confine the animal.”
If it’s not done correctly the police department call it “Negligent Confinement.” …..and along with the charge comes a substantial fine. The charge coupled with the financial charge, however, it sure is better than the deaths of animals, car driver and other property that gets in the way of a loose horse.
And that’s not all………………How about the loose stallion who falls in love with your prize show horse mare next door. As you know a breeding arrangement not thoroughly planned and executed can and often does end up with possible injuries to the stallion or mare.
Then imagine the small herd of four horses that gallop across the golf course after the hard rain. When the country club’s manager finds out who owns the horses who caused $63,000.14 in damage….believe me they can and will find out that you own the horses who got loose. You probably have homeowners insurance who will pay for the damage caused by your horses.
Then they will promptly cancel your coverage…leaving you high and dry without protection. So, in other words, make sure all your horse gates are closed, because always there is nothing worse than thundering hoofbeats at two AM.
Oh my gosh, there is something worse and that’s no hoofbeats because all your horses have escaped.
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