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S#%t Happens

We all know that accidents can happen: understand how the law works in cases of personal injury, and how to protect yourself from lawsuits.

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By: Catherine E. Willson, B.A., LL.B. |

The law and how to protect yourself from getting burned when riding accidents and other mishaps occur. A boat doesn’t have a bad day. A motorcycle won’t throw you off if it gets stung by a wasp. The horse is an animal with its own habits, disposition, and some would say, opinions. If a rider falls off a horse, there can be a lot of guesswork as to who, if anyone, is to blame. Unfortunately, the trial judge rarely has knowledge of horses and their habits. Given that a plaintiff has the burden of proof, it can be a steep slope to climb. Broken Promises Canadian cases for damages arising from horseback riding injuries predominantly focus on breach of contract and negligence. For breach of contract, the cases focus on what was promised versus what was actually delivered. If a stable operator has promised something, has not followed through with…

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