“Guard donkeys” injure horserider

March 27, 2009


Source:  http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article984504.ece ;

55-year old Patrice Curtice is suing Frank Morsani (a 77-year old millionaire automobile dealer) after her first date with Angel Valdez (a former jockey) ended in disaster last June. The pair were horseback riding in Spring Hill when they were attacked by two “guard” donkeys which had escaped from Morsani’s ranch.


Apparently, the Donkeys bit at the hindquarters of Curtice’s horse, causing it to rear and flip Curtice onto her back. The horse and donkeys then stomped on Curtice’s back whilst she was on the floor, until her horse bolted and was chased the donkeys. She broke seven ribs, bruised her lungs and her spine and had hoof bruises on her lower back.


Curtice is suing for negligence release, caused by a failure to fix the property fence. Morsani on the other hand questions why he has any responsibility and stated that his “fence was cut by somebody and this allowed our livestock to get out. I’m sorry what happened to them … but somebody let our cows out.”


Only in America would you have guard donkeys!!!

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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One Comment on ““Guard donkeys” injure horserider”

  1. Moranna Says:

    Whilst I am sorry for Patrice’s injuries, you must admit there is a humous side to the incident. I know donkeys can be used to guard sheep, but cows?!!


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