Did Zooey Deschanel accidentally break a horse?

The New Girl star is accused of riding a horse so hard it came back "a shell" of its original horsey self


by Emmeline Saunders |
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Weird news from across the pond time now, and Zooey Deschanel is being sued for breaking a horse.

The New Girl star allegedly rode a horse so hard it got returned to its owner a SHELL of its former happy-go-lucky self – and the owner wants some cold, hard cash as compensation.

It all started when Zooey, 34, ponied up (soz) $13,000 last year to lease the show horse so she could take part in her beloved equestrian events.

But the horse's owner, Patty Parker, allegedly asked her to sign a contract that included restrictions like, "no more than three jumping lessons per week".

However, TMZ now claim Patty has filed a suit saying when Zooey returned her horse – real name Literati (yep) – he was left "injured and unusable".

She's now insisting Zooey pays for the medical treatment of the horse, but it's not yet known whether the Hollywood actress agrees with Patty's side of the story or whether she'll contest the case in court.

Speak up Zooey, we can't hear you! Or is that because you're going a little DRUMROLL PLEASE hoarse?

We'll get our coat.

Before the stylist: Zooey Deschanel


Before the stylist: Zooey Deschanel

17th October 20011 of 21

17th October 2001

So this is what Zooey's character Jess will look like after another 20 years of school teaching...

1st July 20022 of 21

1st July 2002

It's amazing what you can pick up in charity shops these days

14th October 20023 of 21

14th October 2002

Are those halter straps meant to be part of Zooey's dress? Or are they leading to a pleather backpack?

13th May 20034 of 21

13th May 2003

Been raiding the theatre's costume cupboard have we?

17th November 20115 of 21

17th November 2011

Gorgeous frock but THOSE SHOES!

22nd January 20116 of 21

22nd January 2011

Remember those laundry baskets you had at uni which folded up and sprang back open into a hoop? Well this is what this dress was inspired by, apparently

12th December 20107 of 21

12th December 2010

All a wee bit too funereal for our liking

28th November 20068 of 21

28th November 2006

Did Momma Deschanel lend Zo this dress for the party?

20th August 20069 of 21

20th August 2006

Looking back, Zooey REALLY wished the Teen Choice Awards had been Red Riding Hood themed

10th August 200610 of 21

10th August 2006

Those pesky moths have been chewing away at Zooey's dress, we see

11th September 200611 of 21

11th September 2006

Someone's still in the rebellious Sixth Former phase

1st June 200612 of 21

1st June 2006

Even the coyest of looks won't convince us this outfit is cute, Zo

2nd July 200613 of 21

2nd July 2006

This would all be very sweet and all. If it was for an OAP

11th April 200614 of 21

11th April 2006

Is that a child's smock? Don't even get us started on those tights...

4th March 200615 of 21

4th March 2006

Auditioning for Austin Powers, Zooey?

16th March 200616 of 21

16th March 2006

Teal tights + red knee-high boots. Really?

18th March 200617 of 21

18th March 2006

Those old drapes turned into a lovely dress, didn't they?

18th October 200418 of 21

18th October 2004

Maybe this ensemble would be acceptable if Zooey was campaigning to be a MP

5th January 200619 of 21

5th January 2006

Where did the addition of black rope come in?

12th January 200620 of 21

12th January 2006

In this case, less is definitely more on the old accessories front

29th February 200421 of 21

29th February 2004

Air hostess, we don't like the way you dress

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