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Tort/Negligence – Escaped Horse – Highway Accident – First Escape – Maintained Fence & Corral (access required)

Spooner v. Clemmons Defendant’s horse was maintained adequately, and defendant did not act carelessly in keeping or caring for the horse where (1) defendant maintained the horse within a corral and electrified hot wire fence that was functioning properly; (2) the horse had never escaped from the property before the night of the incident; (3) an expert opined that an extreme situation occurred which caused the horse to escape, such as a third party trying to steal the horse; and (4) defendant’s wife arrived at the accident and saw that the horse had a lead, but she removed the horse’s lead and would have never left the six- to eight-foot lead on the horse.

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