An Iowa appellate court has ruled that Harriet Remington, the owner of a horse ranch, is not liable for the death of Lori Darling, a visitor. In the case, Darling died after being thrown from one of the ranch's horses. Darling's estate claimed that a ranch employee who allowed her to ride the horse was the cause of Darling's death. Through the legal theory of vicarious liability, the estate claimed that Remington should be held liable for Darling's death. The court ruled that the fatal ride was in no way connected to the ranch or its operation. The fact that it occurred on the farm did not make it business-related. (Darling v. Remington, Iowa Court of Appeals, No. 5-103, 2005).