Where does the liability end???
A not so uncommon occurence, with tragic ends. Yes, hypothetical, but worthy of discussion.
A group of boarders get together after the Barn Owner posts on the Barn's Facebook page about an event taking place. She asks who's going. Then proceeds to line up who is hauling horses to the event. In other words, this horse will ride in this trailer. NO releases signed. All personal trailers owned by boarders or friends of boarders. They go to the event but on the way back there is an accident. Someone hauling two other boarders horses has an accident. All three horses are dead, the haulers horse & the other two. To make this less complicated. The driver just misjudged a curve and went off the road. Now, does the barn owner have any responsibility? Does the driver of the truck? Does the States equine liability law apply here?The driver of the truck only has insurance covering his truck, just liability. His insurance company doesn't know he has the trailer, and he usually only hauls his own horse around.