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Naturally vicious: Horses?

I grew up with horses, and that's why this story stopped me cold.

The Connecticut state Supreme Court on Tuesday is scheduled to hear an appeal in a case in which a judge ruled that horses are naturally vicious.

If you've spent any time at all with horses, you know that some will buck you off and kick you on the way down (I was 10 years old and her name was Michelle) and others go out of their way to be gentle.

Frankly, horses are so big just about any one of them could take down a tiny human. The vast majority just want to be in your herd.

The only time I've ever gotten a nip was when I forgot I had an extra carrot in the old back pocket. Got stepped on a few times, but that just from a big guy shifting weight. (Always wear boots; tennis shoes do not provide enough protection.)

Although it is awful that one horse bit one child in the face, it does not follow that all horses are like that.

Thousands of children groom, ride and commune with horses every day, most without injury.

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