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Sustained injury as a result of a violent crime whilst riding your horse?

There have been cases reported in which riders have been injured as a result of youths throwing stones. In such cases it is possible for the victim to receive compensation. If those responsible are traced the claim would be against the home contents insurer of the individual responsible if their parents have such cover (which includes negligent acts of members of the household whilst away from the property). If the individual is not traced the claim would be brought against The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which usually pays money only to victims of violent ... Read More

£25,000 compensation for horse rider injured in a road traffic accident

  HorseSolicitor was instructed on a no-win no-fee basis by Miss A in relation to a road traffic accident that occurred on 13 November 2013. The circumstances of the accident were that Miss A and her friend were enjoying a hack on a quite country lane when a van, travelling in the opposite direction and towing a flatbed trailer, came past too quickly and too close. The rattling trailer, speed and proximity startled Miss A’s horse which resulted in him spooking. The third party struck the horse’s side causing Miss A to fall and sustain injury. Sadly the horse was euthanized as ... Read More


  Glamping has been in our vocabulary since about 2005; in reality, the concept goes back to the Ottomans, perhaps as far back to the Crusades. In the 21st-century glamping covers a range of tents or structures from yurts, to shepherds huts, equipped with log burners and individual washing facilities. Rental rates vary from about £20 to £130 per night according to the level of facilities on offer. Glamping holidays are sometimes sold as time where ‘Pimms O’ Clock and Wine O’ Clock’ are all the happy camper has to worry about, but what are the ... Read More

HorseSolicitor Wins Breach of Contract and Negligence Claim

Mr F purchased a motorised horse box from a garage who specialised in converting box vans in to motorised horse boxes.  The purchase price was £20,000.00.   Mr F purchased the vehicle with the intention of using it to transport his horses to various events throughout the country.  The Claimant relied upon representations made by the seller in the advert for sale and in particular that it “could carry 2 large horses”.   Mr F bought the horsebox and used it for the transport of his horses for a season but was subsequently advised at a horse ... Read More

THE RURAL PLANNING PRACTICE – The Magic of Turning Barns into Houses 

  The growing housing shortage we face in the United Kingdom is becoming increasingly apparent in rural areas. Much of the planning policy is focused on urban areas without any special regard to the open countryside. One of the Government’s solutions to this problem is the conversion of redundant agricultural buildings into residential use via Permitted Development rights, introduced in 2013, originally known as Class MB and more recently Class Q. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 2015 sets out the qualifying criteria at Part 3, Schedule 2 of the document. For ... Read More

Ruffled feathers after accident at yard

A Claimant was awarded £30,000 damages following a horse riding accident that occurred during a private lesson in an indoor arena. The client, who was 18 years old at the time, was riding a horse at trot as directed by the instructor taking the lesson. She had only recently started riding and was in the early stages of learning to canter so she should have been classed and treated as a novice rider. The instructor advised our client at the beginning of the lesson that the horse that she was riding was new to the ... Read More

THE RURAL PLANNING RACTICE – Planning for a Stable Future ..

It is the dream of many horse owners to look out of their bedroom window in the morning and see their horses tucked up on the yard outside. The dream can become a reality, but requires jumping over the hurdles of the planning process first.  The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is the basis of modern day planning and permission will be required for any permanent equestrian building. This includes anything from a small two horse permanent field shelter to a commercial yard with 40 stables. A mobile field shelter which has skids ... Read More

£2,500 compensation for horse rider injured by an untraced driver

We were instructed to act for Miss G following a horse riding accident in which she was involved whilst out hacking on 20th November 2015. The circumstances of the accident were that she was riding her 24-year-old thoroughbred mare, which she had owned for 12 years and with whom she had a good established relationship. The mare was very good in traffic and had never had bolted with her in the past. Our client was riding out with her sister who was on her horse which she had owned for 5 ... Read More

£5,500 compensation for client injured on DIY yard

HorseSolicitor was instructed to claim damages in connection with an accident that occurred at a DIY livery yard on 13 November 2013. At the time of the accident our client stabled her horses at the yard. Our client was leading her horse across the yard, followed by her mum who was leading another horse, when suddenly both horses and our client fell. Our client sustained injury to her elbow and she chipped a tooth. A different horse had fallen in the same spot just 2 days before and the yard owner was aware that ... Read More


  Petplan Equine, one of the UK’s leading specialist horse insurers, is determined to help horse owners quickly identify lameness. Over 45% of Petplan Equine claims in 2015 were lameness related showing how common an issue this is within the equine community.  Petplan Equine’s ‘Spotting Lameness’  aims to help all horse owners and riders learn more about the symptoms, treatment and related issues of lameness. In addition to an interactive game putting visitor’s lameness knowledge to the test, the supporting material available includes an educational video, a poster to display ... Read More