Actor Tom Selleck's Court Battle Over Lame Horse

Actor and horseman Tom Selleck was awarded more than $187,000 by a California jury when the actor said he was duped into buying a lame horse.

An AP report said the bulk of the San Diego County jury's award was for the price of the horse, with the remainder covering boarding costs. A second trial will determine how much Selleck should be paid in punitive damages by the owner of the lame horse.

Selleck, who owns a ranch in California, is known for appearing in various Western movies and miniseries as well as his TV series including "Magnum P.I." Included in his westerns was "Quigley Down Under," "The Sacketts," "The Shadow Riders," and "Last Stand at Saber River." In a 2008 article in Cowboys and Indians, Selleck told the story of how on the set of "Quigley Down Under," filmed in Australia, he tried to buy his four-legged acting parter Spike, a Quarter Horse cross. The wranglers put him off until after filming, when they gave Selleck the horse. Selleck paid $7,000 to fly Spike home, and at the time of the interview said he still occasionally takes Spike out for a ride at his ranch.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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