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This segment includes cases that deal with the legal liabilities in permitting children on and around horses.

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North Carolina Supreme Court (1991) Owner may be liable for horse kicking child without proof of propensity
Ohio Court of Appeals (1994) Owner liable for letting child test-ride horse
Illinois Court of Appeals (1994) Waiver Not Valid as to Child; Animal Control Act
U.S. Court of Appeals (1997) 13 year old didn't assume risk.
Florida Court of Appeals (1997) Minor not bound by release from liability

U.S. District Court (1998) Cannot claim parent failed to supervise injured child.
New York Appellate Division (2001) 14-year-old assumed risk of horse slipping and falling on her
California Court of Appeals (2004) 11-year-old assumed risk of falling when riding double