Horse Accidents And Equine Liability

Even though equestrian activities, such as horseback riding, are popular in Montana, they can nevertheless be quite dangerous. In fact, regardless of whether you are participating in a horse competition or simply on a trail ride, the risk of injury is ever-present. Sadly, however, this risk can quickly escalate when horse owners, trainers or even the companies providing horseback lessons or trail riding act in a negligent manner.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a horse-related accident, contact Overby Law Office, P.C., today. Under the legal guidance of attorney C. Frederick Overby, we are committed to helping victims of equestrian accidents seek the compensation they deserve. We will carefully examine both relevant law and the circumstances of your injury in order to determine what legal options you may have at your disposal.

Even though many equestrian establishments require you to sign a waiver prior to getting on a horse ― or even post signs claiming they are not responsible for any injuries ― that does not guarantee that they cannot be held liable. In fact, there are several circumstances in which liability for horse-related injuries may still apply regardless of any claimed legal immunity. This is why it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney if you are the victim of an equestrian accident.

Horse Accident Immunity Laws, And The Exceptions

If you suffer a horse-related injury while riding or otherwise in the presence of a horse, it is likely that the establishment that provided the horse will claim it is immune from liability. Indeed, many states, including Montana and Georgia, have laws that restrict potential liability following equestrian accidents.

However, this limit on liability is not absolute. For instance, horseback-riding companies, coaches or even instructors may still be liable when their negligent acts cause a serious injury. Such acts may include:

  • The failure to prudently and reasonably inspect or maintain equipment or tack, including saddles, bridles, reins, stirrups and bits
  • The failure to provide a gentle horse suitable for the intended purpose, such as camps or trail riding
  • The failure to investigate, recognize or disclose the demeanor of a horse
  • Improper supervision

Importantly, these are merely a few of the circumstances in which liability may be established following an equine accident. As with any animal-related injury, however, it is crucial to seek the legal guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer when you are considering legal recourse, and to do so as soon as possible after an injury.

Experienced Legal Representation

Contact Overby Law Office, P.C., today in Bozeman if you wish to discuss your legal options following a horse-related accident. You can reach us online or by calling 800-689-1233.