In future civil actions in Connecticut, horses will not automatically be assumed to be dangerous animals by the courts. However, they do belong to “a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious,” according to the Connecticut Supreme Court, and trial judges will be asked to decide on a case-by-case basis whether there is evidence that a certain animal is dangerous.

The March 26 decision largely upheld a state Appellate Court ruling that sent a lawsuit seeking damages for a child who was bitten on the face by a horse back to Superior Court for trial.