HARTFORD - The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that may result in horses being declared "vicious" animals.

The justices are hearing the appeal of a ruling in which the owner of a Milford horse farm was found responsible for one of his animals biting a child back in 2006.

The appeals court ruled that signs and fencing did not sufficiently protect the child, especially since horses are inherently and naturally vicious.

The owners of horse farms and equestrian businesses say that if the new labeling sticks, insurers will no longer cover their businesses and they'll be forced to close down.