Are Horses “Vicious”?! Connecticut Will Decide
I’m going to fill you in on a little secret. I’m scared of horses. I don’t know why, just always have been since I was a kid. I don’t ride them and to be honest, I cringe when my daughter demands a pony ride. It’s not because I’m an animal hater, it’s because I’m an animal “fear’er”. I’m also the person that hates petting zoos because I’m sure a goat will eat my pre-schooler’s hand. I am constantly telling her that we are out of quarters so that she can’t buy food from those vending machines to feed the farm animals. Horses are beautiful but they’re big and kind of scary. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when I learned that Connecticut courts are deciding whether horses are “vicious” animals.
That’s right, our judicial system is now contemplating whether horses are too dangerous. It all started in 2006 when Glendale Farms in Milford had an incident. A horse bit a toddler that was visiting the farm. Parents couldn’t identify which of his horses on site did it, so the “dangerous” horse remains on the grounds to this day and is anonymous. The horse didn’t just nip the 18 month-old, it took a chunk out of his cheek. The owner of the farm, Timothy Astriab, says that the father of the child held him up to feed the horse some grass when it happened. Apparently the father ignored the sign that said “Do not feed or pet the horses”.
The father’s an idiot. I don’t think many people will argue that. If there’s a sign telling you not to do something and you put your child in danger and do it anyway, you’re an idiot. Done and done. BUT it brings up a valid point that horses are wild animals. But are they wilder than a domesticated dog? I don’t know. Why does any of this matter anyway? Because if the courts rule that horses are considered a “vicious” animal, it will cost horse owners more money in insurance costs. Connecticut would also become the first state in the entire country to label horses as “vicious” animals.
Do you hear about random horse attacks? No, not normally. But is this the first time a horse has attacked a human? Of course not. Sometimes it’s undeserved like when that poor child had his face bitten off- and not many horse owners will argue that a horse may bite your finger if you put it in front of them. There’s also occurrences of people flying off of horses: (cue Paris Hilton… Don’t worry, she’s fine. She’s making rap albums now, you can laugh and not feel guilty)
To be honest, I think all animals should be considered “vicious”. I had a cat scratch my lip once and I drew blood. Vicious kitty. Do I think insurance costs should rise for people that own them? No, of course not. We’ve made it work just fine for the last 5,000 years with these “vicious” horses, I think we’ll be fine for the next 5,000.