With its nearly perpetual warm weather, miles of trials and beaches, as well as its scenic outdoor areas, Miami may be a great place for you and your family to go on a horseback ride. Such an activity is one that may be particularly appealing to your younger children. Yet despite the potential for fun that riding a horse offers, you may still want to keep in mind that you are dealing with large, strong animals that can be difficult even for expert riders to control. Falling or being thrown from a horse can cause serious injuries or even death. If such an accident were to happen, who would be liable?
Florida’s equine activities law prevents you or your representatives from holding the owner of a horse or the provider of horse-related activities responsible for any risks inherent with being around such an animal. There are some exceptions to this immunity from liability, however. These include:
- If the one providing the equipment used to help control the horse know it was in poor condition.
- If the owner/activity provider made no attempt determine yours or your family member’s riding abilities.
- If the owner/activity provider meant to intentionally injure you or your loved one by allowing either of you to ride.
- If a dangerous condition of the land on which you or your family member were riding was known to the land owner, lessor or lessee.
- If the owner’s/activity provider’s actions or inactions were blatantly negligent in regard to you or your loved one’s safety.