Horse slips, roping arena owner sued

By David Yates | Nov 17, 2011

Claiming it was the roping arena owner's fault that her horse slipped, area resident Denise Morgan has filed suit against Beaumont local John Shackelford Jr.

The suit was filed Nov. 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show that on Nov. 14, 2009, Morgan was exercising her horse at Shackelford's roping arena when the horse suddenly slipped and fell while making a cut.

In her suit, Morgan alleges Shackelford failed to disc and plow the entire arena, leaving a portion with grass that would be slippery to a horse.

Because of the incident, Morgan, a licensed barber, claims that she broke her wrist and can no longer hold scissors to cut hair.

She also claims that her face and mouth have been disfigured because her front teeth bit through her upper lip in the fall.

The plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Beaumont attorney Thomas Moses represents her.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E191-319

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