Hendra Virus – Duty of Care

If your horse were to catch HeV (Hendra Virus) and then infect someone else’s horse, would you be legally liable if the other horse died or had to undergo expensive lifesaving treatment?  The answer would depend on the circumstances in which transmission of the disease occurred. Let’s recall that HeV is a potentially fatal infection…

Liability to spectators

We recently saw footage of a horse jump a barrier at the Warrnambool Grand National Steeple Chase into a spectator area.  The hapless onlookers were at risk of death or serious injury.  Mercifully there was only minor harm.  Was this a freak incident that no-one could have foreseen, an incident that no amount of reasonable…