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Right of Return of a Horse

An accurate assessment of the temperament of an equestrian horse under saddle is difficult to make.  A performance record will reveal its willingness (obedience and submission) and training level at competition, where scores reflect an objective view of these qualities. A horse with an inconsistent record or a non-current one can indicate a problem of…


Incidents Between Vehicles and Horses

Anthony Hobbs was riding his horse on a grass strip beside a street in Wagga Wagga, NSW.  As a car passed them going in the opposite direction, the horse shied and bucked causing Mr Hobbs to fall and be injured.  He sued the driver of the car for compensation on the basis that the incident…


Do Australian Consumer Law Guarantees apply to Private Sales?

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ordered the seller of a showing and eventing horse to refund the price paid by the buyer.  The Tribunal found that the horse was afflicted by arthritic changes in the horse’s joints at the time of sale and was therefore not of an ‘acceptable quality’ in breach of a…