I Guess We Need A Dangerous Horses Act..?

The two-year-old was walking along a public footpath connecting Dark Lane and The Chase in Thundersley with his mother when the horse took exception to their arrival.

As they got to the part of the path close to Thundersley Primary School, the horse leant over the fence and grabbed him by the neck.

The boy had to go to hospital for treatment for the bite and muscle injuries from being flung over.

He was lucky. A horse bite is pretty dangerous. And they weren’t trespassing in the field, but legitimately on the footpath.

She now wants to raise awareness so that other people are aware of the horse – and hopes that the horse’s owner will be encouraged to better secure the fence so that other people are not at risk.

Why does she have to ‘hope’ this? What are the authorities for? They’d swoop soon enough if a cafe owner were to put out a sign with sharp edges. And you can’t move for warning signs on most high streets.

“I contacted the police who advised that it isn’t a crime and would not investigate so I am going down alternative avenues to see if I am able to make sure that adequate fencing is put in place and preferably before the children go back to school and start using that footpath daily.”

Good grief! So your animal can injure someone and it’s not a concern of the police?

Conservative Castle Point councillor Beverley Egan, who has been in contact with the mum, said there had been previous reports of people being attacked on social media and she was in contact with her to offer support and advice.

She added: “I believe we are doing as much as we can do, bearing in mind that the council is slow sometimes to get into action and fulfill the duties it may have.”

You’re not kidding! Rather makes me wonder if this horse belongs to a ‘protected class’…

12 comments for “I Guess We Need A Dangerous Horses Act..?

  1. James Strong
    August 15, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I an surprised that it is not a crime.
    I’ll accept that the horse can’t have criminal responsibility but what about the owner, who has failed to prevent his animal causing Actual Bodily Harm?
    Are there any lawyers who read this site and who can explain?

    • Jim
      August 15, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      You’d have to show that the owner knew that the horse was specifically liable to bite, and thus posed a known threat to the public. Its the same with cattle and walkers on footpaths – despite many deaths of people being trampled, only a very few owners of the cattle have been prosecuted because it would have to be proved the owner knew of a particular danger from his cattle, rather than the general danger from any sort of animal. Any large animal can hurt a human, either entirely accidentally, or on purpose but without criminal responsibility.

    • ScotchedEarth
      August 16, 2018 at 12:11 am

      I too am surprised, James, that this is not a crime. I am veritably astonished that an aspect of human existence has escaped regulation by our Parliamentary Masters. Write to your MP, he’ll likely be only too happy to add yet another statute to our deluge of laws.
      UK headlines today: ‘Westminster crash terror suspect named’—a Sudanese to whom we granted sanctuary and citizenship, and who repaid our generosity by trying to kill our fellow Britons.
      ‘Omagh bomb: Bell tolls to mark 20th anniversary’—20 years since the Omagh bombing and not one Irish republican terrorist has been convicted.
      ‘Huddersfield child sex inquiry: Thirty-one people charged’—all with interestingly exotic names.
      But never mind mundane trifles like terrorism and industrial-scale child abuse—we have dangerous horseys that need them some banning.
      Just one more law and we’ll achieve Heaven on Earth.
      Shame that our police will be too busy chasing people for writing non-Government approved opinions on social media.

      Anyway, it’s a civil liability matter. If the allegedly injured parties want to make something of it, they’ll have to retain a solicitor and sue.

      Agreed, Mark. We can’t legislate for every little thing in life: ‘Any one you walk away from’—whatever the mishap, if you walk away in one piece and recover in short order, you shouldn’t have a case. (Odd how the greatest proponents of Darwin are also those most determined to avoid the consequences of Darwinian natural selection.)

      I’m sure you’re right, Bill, I bow to your equestrian experience. One of the many troubles besetting our nation is the tyranny of the urbanite, knowing nothing about animals except what they’ve seen on cartoons, with no conception that nature in the raw is merciless.

  2. August 15, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Where is the mother’s responsibility to her child in all of this? Failure to warn her child of the danger large animals pose, or if he is not of an age to understand, failure to keep him away from the animal is negligence surely?

    • Pcar
      August 15, 2018 at 10:28 pm


      It’s J off on another animal rant – dogs, cats, horses bad

      • August 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm

        Not cats! I’ve got four 😂

        • Pcar
          August 16, 2018 at 9:52 pm

          Ahem, Lynx

          Four cats? You’re brain very likely infected with cat love infection.

  3. August 15, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Don’t think the whole story is being told here. Horses only bite in self defence or defence of a foal. They trample and kick too. Leaning over the fence to bite a toddler that weren’t doin nuffin? I was brought up around farms and stables and Mummy’s version just doesn’t ring true.

    I think Mummy isn’t being exactly truthful. A more plausible scenario is that Mummy was holding up her little darling to play with the nice horsey, who took exception to the slobbering little two leg and gave him a sharp nip for his trouble.

    • August 21, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Some horses are just bad. Just like some dogs.

  4. Pcar
    August 15, 2018 at 10:31 pm


    JuliaM dislikes animals, we’ve had “bad horse” before. Stupid human more appropriate.

    • August 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      I love animals! They are often delicious.

      • Pcar
        August 16, 2018 at 9:55 pm

        Only some, you’re not keen on mice, slugs, snails and eyebrow critters


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