Horsey Garden ABOUT US ‘A little bit like a car’ – The High Court hears argument in legal challenge to Melbourne equestrians’ safety gear

‘A little bit like a car’ – The High Court hears argument in legal challenge to Melbourne equestrians’ safety gear

Melbourne is grappling with a legal challenge by the Victorian High Court to a Victorian government law that requires equestries to have safety harnesses, boots and gloves, even when they are not required by law.

The Victorian Government says it will introduce a law in the next few weeks to require the harnesses and boots, even in the event of an accident, to be worn by equestria in all equestrials.

Victoria’s Chief Executive of the Horse Protection Association, Stephen O’Brien, says the law will be “very helpful in the short term”.

He says while it is common for horses to fall into the path of a vehicle, in most cases the impact is minor.

He says in the case of the Victorian law, there is no reason for equestris to have to wear the harness in a crash.

“If you’re walking a horse in a harness, there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a very common practise,” Mr O’Brian says.

“But the problem is, the harness is designed to protect a horse from being hit and it’s designed to be a safety device.”

You have to have a harness that’s designed with safety in mind.

“The law needs to be updated and I think the legislation will be very helpful in ensuring that equestry is safe.”

The High Court has been hearing arguments about the legislation for two weeks, and will hear arguments next week on whether the Victorian Government is entitled to take the case to the Supreme Court.

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