A horse farm owner who fails to carefully match a rider with a mount can be held liable if the rider is thrown, despite a New Jersey statute that generally affords immunity to equine facilities, an appeals court ruled last week.

In a case of first impression, the judges said giving a guest rider a green horse with a propensity to lurch could constitute conduct for which the Equine Activities Act, N.J.S.A. 5:15-1 et seq., gives no protection.

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