Kildare woman awarded €52K in damages following fall from horse at hotel

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Kildare woman awarded €52K in damages following fall from horse at hotel
8:00 Sunday 18th of March 2018

A Kildare woman has been awarded damages of €52,000 after falling from a horse in a Monaghan hotel resort more than two years ago.

The 45-year-old woman, from Ballyhays in Kildare, was injured when she was thrown from a horse after a dog crossed their path at Castle Leslie Estate in Monaghan on February 13 2016.

The woman suffered a 'nasty injury' according to Mr Justice Anthony Barr, who heard that she was knocked unconscious following the fall and also suffered pain in the lower back area in the time afterwards.

She also had extensive bruising which became infected, causing the woman to develop a blister, the court heard.

The woman alleged that the hotel had failed to mount her on a suitably quiet and reliable horse given her level of inexperience, and also alleged failure to provide her with an approved back protector. She also alleged that the hotel failed to ensure that the horseriding activity took place in an area where they were unlikely to be startled by dogs or other interferences.

She also alleged failure to ensure the horseriding activity would take place in an area or along a route where the horses were not likely to be startled or upset by dogs or other interferences.

The court also hear that the woman was left with blemishes on three areas of her buttocks.

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