Conn. House: horses aren’t ‘inherently vicious’

Members of The Governor's Horse Guard of Connecticut stage for the Connecticut Veterans Day parade in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Members of The Governor's Horse Guard of Connecticut stage for the Connecticut Veterans Day parade in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut’s House of Representatives want to make it clear they don’t believe horses are inherently vicious, a response to a recent state court ruling.

By a unanimous vote of 138-0, the House on Thursday passed legislation clarifying Connecticut law by saying domesticated horses are not wild animals and therefore are not inherently dangerous.

Last month, the state Supreme court upheld an Appellate Court ruling in a case involving a boy bitten in 2006 by a horse named Scuppy in Milford. The ruling said a horse belongs to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious.”

Rep. Debralee Hovey, a horse enthusiast, said the ruling put a billion-dollar industry at risk due to increased insurance premiums and legal liabilities.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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