Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Humans to Blame for Danger, Not Horses

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Humans to Blame for Danger, Not Horses

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Byline: Scott Kovacevic scott.kovacevic@gympietimes.com

Deaths (2000-2013)

Horses 74

Snakes 27

Sharks 26

Bees 25

Crocodiles 19

Spiders 0

SHARKS, snakes and spiders might be the stuff of our darkest nightmares, but it seems one of our deadliest animals has been hiding in plain sight.

From 2000 to 2013, more Australians were killed by horses than the other three combined, with 74 dying after being thrown or trampled according to research from Melbourne University.

While the numbers are eye opening, Gympie veterinarian Ted Fisher said it was wrong to blame the animals for people being injured or killed.

"This is the peoples' fault, not the horses' fault.

"They have no experience with horses."

His career spent working with horses and large animals, Mr Fisher said people underestimated their horse's temperament, with dangerous consequences.

"Somebody said to me the other day, half the people around here. …

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