State statute signed: Horses aren't naturally vicious

A state statute saying horses don’t possess a “naturally mischievous or vicious propensity,” was signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on July 29.

Malloy, State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus, government officials and horse enthusiasts were at Locket’s Meadow Farm in Bethany, as Malloy signed legislation that protects the owners and handlers of domesticated horses from a March court ruling.

Zupkus, like Malloy and others at the event, spoke about the history of horse ownership in Connecticut, as well as the important role the industry plays in the blooming agriculture sector of the state’s economy. The event was hosted by Locket’s Meadow Farm, a sanctuary for at-risk farm animals.

Malloy said that horse owners were under threat from the possibility of skyrocketing insurance rates due to the March court ruling, and many people on hand that day agreed that without the legislation many horse owners would have considered giving up their horses or leaving the state with them because of those increased insurance costs.