Good Fences, Good Neighbors

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There was a terrible mishap on a Kentucky back road a few days ago. A sport utility vehicle struck a loose horse that was wandering on the highway, knocking the horse into the other lane, where the unfortunate animal was hit a second time by an on-coming auto. That vehicle veered back into the lane where the horse first was struck and collided head-on into a third vehicle. One driver was killed and two other people were treated at a local hospital and released. The horse presumably was killed, although press reports were unclear about that.

Incidents like this one are tragic, and all too common. They remind us that fences have a purposeÑkeeping horses and other animals safe in their fields and away from highways and the property of other peopleÑand they point out a major source of potential liability for horse owners and boarding farms

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