Clearly you didn’t read the blog.

I got a funny email this morning about the ownership of the blog. It made me laugh because clearly these people had no idea what they were looking at and didn’t read the blog.  They were saying Kara Bell (star of this post http://fuglyblog.com/why-fatten-them-up-when-we-can-just-slaughter-them/) owned the blog.  Because writing a scathing blog about yourself is something most people do.  Besides have you seen her writing? I am a little offended people thought it could be the same person.

Apparently it all started because of this screenshot:

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Once again I am going to mention you clearly didn’t read the blog as that is simply an excerpt from the above post.   If you read the blog you would know that I am clearly against slaughter, am pro rescue and think people like Kara are scum.

Kara Bell has nothing to do with this blog.  The slaughter loving, uneducated, “rescuer” will never even be given space for a guest blog.

Thank you to the person who gave me a heads up to this issue.

 

Take Note Animal Control Officers.

 

This is how you deal with a couple starving horses.  You take a complaint and you go out and verify the complaint.  Inevitably the suspect will lie,  “Oh they are under veterinarian care”.  Which is stupidly easy to verify.   “Hold on, I am going to call Dr Smith.”  “Dr Smith has never heard of you, want to try again? “In the meantime you call out a county veterinarian to assess the  condition of the horses, In this case one was so bad they euthanized on the spot.  Obviously the horse was pretty bad.  This is an open and shut case.  Officers verified the owners were lying and promptly filed charges.  None of this, we are working with them and their vet, because I will tell you in 90% of these cases THERE IS NO VET! It is just an excuse.  It gives them time to hide the horses or kill the horses before evidence can be gathered to charge the suspect with abuse.

I am so glad the ACOs in this county know what is up.  They didn’t buy any of these excuses and they did right by the horses immediately.  Other agencies should take notice.  It didn’t take a social media campaign to get the horses out of their abuser’s care, it just took a regular ACO DOING THEIR FUCKING JOB!

I think it was probably obvious that these people were starving the horses as there was no feed on the premises and ultimately the sheriff’s office brought in water and food for the horses.  Plus all three horses were in poor condition.  This is a glaring sign as well.  As life goes on for all of us that own horses we sometimes will get a skinny one.  Maybe they coliced, maybe you are dealing with a medical issue, maybe the horse is starting to have teeth issues and you are working out a mush plan for them, maybe you weren’t good about feeling under that winter hair and the horse got skinny (slap on the wrist for that one!).  It happens, but it is usually just one horse on the property, anytime more than one looks to be in poor condition it is more often than not neglect or abuse.

I am glad the sheriffs office charged this couple to the fullest extent.  They are facing one felony charge and two misdemeanors. While this may not put them away for life, it will change their lives.

I am also happy to see that the original owner of one of the horses stepped up to take that horse back. Way to go Fremont County, way to show the rest of the nation how a neglect/abuse case can be solved and charged quickly and easily.  Now let’s get these abusers convicted and hopefully a condition of their charges will be that they cannot own animals for the rest of their lives.

Guest Post – MCR Equine Abuse


I logged on to Facebook this evening and was met face-to-face with a rather revealing and personal post regarding a particular “Christian Ranch/Camp” that is located in North Vernon, Indiana and owned by a man who is known by the name of Dan Corbin. While I’m sure none of us take pride in the fact that we hold so much haunting knowledge of similar and perpetually never-ending cases of abuse and neglect, a considerable amount of satisfaction will always remain when scum bags such as these are publicly humiliated and outed for the sake of justice.

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As per the usual, comments arise in several pathetic attempts to defend Dan Corbin (the abuser) by excusing the fact that these pictures display this particular stallion’s physique at the very lowest number on the equine body scoring system. Honestly, this has to be one of the worst cases I have seen yet. This horse is in his late teen years, so it’s completely normal for him to physically, and very literally, resemble death itself. Apparently, the camp is solely run on donations, so the poor planning and money management of the brainless owners means that these animals and their well-being depends on the charitable feelings and pocketbooks of everybody else. According to several people participating in the comment section, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. 
How about not running a so-called “camp” AT ALL unless you can responsibly, and independently, care for your own animals financially???

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*Sigh* Excuses, excuses, excuses. I don’t think I have ever seen so many of them utilized to defend someone who clearly doesn’t give a shit about these horses.
I don’t want to just see better efforts to “gain donations”. I want to see these horses placed with someone who is capable of financially caring for them ON THEIR OWN. I’m sorry, but I sure as hell don’t depend on other people to give me money so I can properly care for my horses. As a responsible owner, I will never expect anyone to do so, either.
If you can’t care for them, or if you foresee difficult times ahead, find the animals decent homes before their health ever dissolves into this unacceptable state.
I also love how this person states that “no one beats the horses, so therefore, there is no abuse”. Oh, really? Also, did anyone know how hard it is to make other people just give you their hard-earned money? Who knew?

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Oh, look, now it’s our fault for not getting our fat asses up and donating money to these people….right, I see how it is now…
The person who blames everyone else in the world for not donating enough money to these abusers claims to be going to college for equine business management. I can’t imagine anything more scary than her attempting to manage a business…

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The rest of the comments can be found through this link:
https://www.facebook.com/amanda.ruddick.9/posts/985245571500723?comment_id=985330098158937&notif_t=like

The Facebook community page which supports justice for the neglect and mistreatment of these horses can be found below. Let’s quit the bullshit run-around Kindergarten games of blaming everyone else except for the one perpetrator: the owner of these horses. 

Quoted from the page itself:

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ere is some of our current concerns with the abuse at MCR:

1. Only source of water for one pasture is a lake that has had oil poured in it. The other is a tank that is rarely filled.
2. Lack of vet/ farrier care
3. Encouraged Inbreeding
4. Horses running loose with no supervision.”


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-The-MCR-Horse-Abuse/999867623356622?fref=nf

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Fugly in – 

This is absolutely disgusting, and the people who are defending it need serious help.  Abuse takes on way more forms than an animal being beaten.  These horses, and donkeys, are clearly abused. The first stallion, if he truly has been sick since December, probably needs to be put down.  Who thinks he has even been seen by a Veterinarian?  Do you think they have a diagnosis for why he can’t gain weight.  No they just claim they have tried to put weight on him.  Well how about trying to call the vet and figuring out the reason? Ok so funds have dried up so you have a couple options.  You could find homes for the animals, you could rehome the animals (with contracts and follow up), you could euthanize the animals.  What you don’t do is leave them in an overgrazed field with no medical care and no farrier care and then lie about it on the internet.  That donkey’s hooves did not get like that overnight.  That took months if not years. Just like the stallion didn’t get that way overnight.  And why is he still a stallion? Especially if you are running a camp.  You don’t need a stallion, very few people do, why wasn’t he gelded years ago. It wouldn’t change his current condition but it would probably change the other horses beating up on him and you wouldn’t be making more horses you can’t take care of. 

Dan Corbin doesn’t seem like he has missed many meals

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I do wonder how many campers have come to the facility and been fed lies and myths about horses.  Oh he is skinny because he is old, Oh they only need the farrier once a year.  Of course their website shows all the horses in good condition but they seem to think it is ok to leave nylon halters on and that two adults riding double is great.

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I particularly liked that last year your theme was training 101. Apparently no one trained you in horse husbandry 101 and now the horses are the ones to suffer.  I know it feels good to not have to turn any kids away due to non payment but if that means your horses don’t eat then you need to change the policy.  And I am sorry but prayer isn’t going to feed the horses, or trim their hooves, or worm them, or give them vaccinations.  You need to stop praying and do better by these animals that are making you money. 

 

If I break it you buy it

Back to Craiglist and we found a good one today.

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I am looking for a good home for my horse, Swinger. She is a registered paint mare. Gray. She has mild heel/hoof pain that is being treated by my vet and farrier. She will be 9yrs old this June. I have had her since she was a yearling where I have broke her to ride and have trained her on the barrel pattern. She has been my barrel horse for the last 2 years before her heel/hoof pain. She can’t handle the pressure and stress of barrel racing anymore and I am looking for a good home for her to either be a companion horse, a broodmare or even a kids horse or someone who likes to trail ride. She can still be ridden and still have a job. She is fine at a walk, trot and easy lope.

I have taken her on numerous trail rides for quite a few hours at different times. I have pushed cows in the mountains on her. I have used her for lessons with kids/adults of all ages. She has never bucked with me nor kicked and doesn’t spook (she is pretty bombproof) while riding or on trails or at any events I have raced at. She is quiet and loves attention. If a kid is interested in barrel racing on her, she has never taken off on me and would do just fine for a peewee run or novice youth run. She hauls well, and stands for the farrier. She just got new shoes on (I have the farrier come out every 8 weeks to trim and shoe her, we fronts shoes on at the moment with equipack on her fronts due to her mild heel/hoof pain). She is also not a dominant horse while out with the herd.

I am asking for $1,000 for her, but price is negotiable. If you are interested or have any other questions about her please feel to contact me:)

You broke her so why don’t you keep her? You seem to have a use for her as a lesson horse. Do you really want to pass a lame horse down the line.  The prospects are not good.  Maybe you find someone who will find the time and money to get a firm diagnosis, it doesn’t seem you have one or you aren’t telling.  Then they can come up with a maintenance plan to keep her going. That is going to take a very special person and I hope for the horse’s sake they do find someone but it is unfortunately not likely.  Most people aren’t looking for 9 year old lame horses.  People understand and accept that 17 year old horses are going to need maintenance but not 9 year olds.

It appears you put a lot of time and training into this horse and I would think that if you have hauled her and competed her you would want to ensure her safety for the rest of her life.  It would be better if you had disclosed a diagnosis or what diagnostic procedures have been done and things ruled out.  Being as  you are in Colorado there is a good chance she has navicular from running on hard surfaces.  There are medications and treatments for that.  What I don’t think she should be doing is having foals. A 9 year old that breaks down with only moderate competition is not sound enough to risk passing that along.

I do find it interesting that you don’t think she can handle the pressure and stress of barrel racing unless it is with a kid.  I know a kid wouldn’t initially be running hard but most kids want to improve at some point and then what do they do with the lame horse?

This is what happens when our society feels everything is disposable.  If we break it we can just get another one, rather than take care of what we have.  If more people had the mentality that they needed to care for their horses in their retirement we wouldn’t have such a major horse overpopulation problem.  I understand that sometimes that doesn’t work for people financially but we have to try to do better for the horses in our care.  If horses have to be put down because they can no longer work anymore that is better than the alternative of being slaughtered.  I do believe horses can go into new homes but I find that those homes are usually better found by networking than by placing a random ad on Craiglist.  If she is teaching lessons and active in the barrel racing community surely she knows of a kid or a trainer with a kid that could use this horse.  Then when it stays close you can keep an eye on the horse and ensure the horse’s safety for the rest of its life.  Someone has to do it.

Guest Post – Kijiji strikes again!

 

Here’s the link to the ad:

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-livestock/barrie/gorgeous-tb-gelding/1058781693?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

Here is the listing (my comments in red):

2010 16.1hh flashy TB gelding. Only track broke, came up from Kentucky this fall and has had his down time (so you thought you’d work with a 5yr old off-track TB… that’s not a job for just anyone so good for you!).
No time to train him
(Huh? So not +/-5 months after you got him you suddenly have no time? I revoke my “good for you” statement!), he is sitting in a paddock doing nothing (of course he is….). Has an amazing temperament (How would you know? You don’t work with him!).
Must sell, serious enquiries only please. (Why I wonder?)
No videos. (Again, I ask why?)
$1,000

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I’ll start by saying that ads like this really, really bug me. Besides the obvious (i.e., poorly written ad with no useful info, bad pictures, etc.), it makes you wonder what’s really going on here.

No time to train him:  Why?

  • Because it was way more work than you thought?
  • Because you had good intentions and thought you had the ability only to realize your skills are not what they need to be to take on a project like this?
  • Maybe you do have the skills but once you got him home and tried to work with him he turned out to be unsound or perhaps a mean, persnickety bastard?

No time my ass, there’s something else going on here…

Must sell: Why?
Generally speaking if someone says “the fall”, it means October/November. That was only a mere 4 months ago. Don’t tell me that 4 months ago you didn’t have even a small idea of what you would be doing in March.

What I find baffling interesting is that it doesn’t look like this seller is hurting for money.  Assuming they are footing the bill, it cost them something to buy him and bring him up from Kentucky, he’s wearing a nice blanket, is playing in a nice grassy pasture and they are only asking $1,000. At that price, we can be sure they are losing money on this sale. But why? Why are they willing to cut their losses so quickly?

No videos: Why?

We all have fancy phones this day and age… get out there and take a 30 second video. A video of him goofing off without his blanket on is better than nothing: at the very least it will give us some idea of his movement and that he is at least pasture sound. Maybe a video of him being cross-tied and groomed or longed? Something? Anything? Give your horse a bloody chance for goodness sake!

But here’s what really bugs me:

  • The horse actually looks really cute! He’s a perfect size in my opinion and look at his sweet face! Those nice high socks and funky blaze would be flashy in any ring! Of course we can’t see how he’s built thanks to bad pictures and a blanket (I will give bonus points for the fact that he is blanketed, we had a record cold February here in Ontario).
    Hopefully he finds a good home on his looks alone. Yeah, yeah, I know…. There are tons of homes out there just looking to purchase a horse ‘cause it’s nice to look at…

 

  • I recently bought my second horse. It was something I had been thinking about for well over a year and that does not include the time I took to look for the right horse once the decision was made. I grappled over how much TIME I would have/need, my goals, the costs, I researched local stables, I researched vets in the area, etc. etc., all BEFORE said purchase. Heck, the hubby and I even had multiple discussions about me plunging back into horse ownership. Why? Because horses are not only costly, they are a HUGE responsibility so a purchase is worth discussing at great length! Apparently you didn’t do that…..

 

  • Fall was only 4 months ago. Do you know how much you can accomplish in 4 months?!?! A lot!
    The mare I purchased had/has training issues thanks to someone else’s ignorance. I admit her main selling feature was great breeding as she has just above average movement and yes, she happens to be pretty as well.  However, she had some health and training issues. For example, she tried to kick you while grooming, she was quite restless/tense in the cross-ties, I couldn’t mount her without help, she reared, she couldn’t trot/canter without falling on her face and/or racing (no she’s not an off-track TB)… I could go on.  Well in 3 MONTHS, I not only addressed some health issues (ulcers anyone!); I also did a lot of in-hand work: the kicking while grooming is gone (thanks to the discomfort of ulcers being addressed), she’s much more relaxed in general thanks to a calm, patient, environment and I can now mount her from the block while she stands quietly.  Although she still needs a lot of work, we can trot half the arena quietly and we’ve even cantered nicely for a few strides once or twice. Is she ready for the show ring? Heck no but she has come a long way in 3 months with me riding only 2 to 3 times a week.  My point is; your horse doesn’t need to be a super star in 4 months but as a buyer (and to give your horse a better chance); I would expect to see some increase in his level of training, not the copout of “no time”.

 

  • I’m going to hazard a guess and say that you thought you could flip this horse quickly and make a few bucks. Well, the fact that you didn’t think about how much effort and time it might take to retrain this horse, especially if he’s more difficult than some, to an appropriate point where he could be safe for someone else to work with is shitty shameful of you!  Now you’re trying to dump him for $1,000.

 

I don’t care how good your intentions were. Intentions don’t save or train horses in need of homes. YOU SUCK! We all know the statistics on where this horse is likely going to end up! How many untrained off-track TB’s do you think there are in our area?  Well, let me put it this way; you didn’t need to haul one up from Kentucky, you have plenty to choose from up here seeing that there are 3 large TB racetracks within about a 150km radius of your area.  All you did was add another horse to an already flooded market thanks to your lack of foresight and planning.

Shame. On. You.

Fugly in- this is a really cute TB that would be flashy in any ring or even just going down the trail.  If you upgrade this horse let me know so we can follow your progress.  Makes me wish I was a little closer and in the market because he is CUTE! 

Scammers keep on scamming

Today we meet Haley Olson of Oregon.  Haley came to our attention due to her misuse of public facilities.  Sweetheart you cannot quarantine sick horses at the public fairgrounds. Especially when you haven’t told anyone that one the horses belong to you and two that they are there for quarantine.  Congratulations on exposing a whole set of horses to whatever gunk this horse has:

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Because not only are you keeping horses at the fairgrounds that don’t belong there you are not making sure they are properly contained.  This one got out and went visiting, I would be so thrilled if my horse was there and was now exposed to God knows what because you can’t manage to find a suitable place and keep them contained.  It also would help if you would tell the fairgrounds manager that the horses are yours so he doesn’t have to go looking for you.  I am a believer in it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission but when the health of animals is on the line then it is a no go.  I have a feeling you didn’t tell the manager the horses were yours because you knew he wouldn’t let you keep them there knowing where they came from.

If you want to rescue horses that is great but find a place to quarantine that doesn’t put other horses at risk. Speaking of these rescue horses, how are you paying for them?  It doesn’t appear that you have a job.  It does appear you have left a wake of scams so let’s investigate those.

How about we start with Juniper Stables. a company you registered in January of 2014.  According to the BBB there were 8 people who filed complaints against your business due to you scamming them.  You held a tack sale, people bought things, and then you didn’t send the tack, or you sent the wrong tack.  Based on the complaints you made out of there with over $1000 and then closed the business. Did you ever pay those people back? I really hope your credit card processor took all the money out of your account.

That was last year and clearly you couldn’t get away with that for long.  Although you did try to get some money through Gogetfunding.com under the Juniper Stables name but that was a total bust.  Your phone number, name, and email though are tied to a lot of things.  We have this ad for a virtual assistant.  Then we have an also defunct Eastern Oregon Youth Project.  Which was a non profit (without IRS status) that was supposed to help at risk kids. What happened to that project? Buzzfile estimated you were pulling in $91,000 a year. While yes that is an estimate where did all that money go?  It seemed like it was successful so why don’t you do it anymore?

This last one is my favorite.  It just screams scam.  Website is http://www.mustangadopt.com/index.html the home page show mustangs for adoption although two horses share the same picture.  Not sure if they are twins or if someone just sucks at pictures.  So that part looks good.  Then we get to the kind of weird part.  They build decks, and patios and other custom porches.  This business is not registered at all with the state and I love how all their required license numbers are just 12345. This isn’t a scam, no not at all!

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Her main photo is what appears to be a stock photo as it is used in several articles like this one. How many people have fallen for this one?

So now we have come to where Haley is today.  Her new venture http://www.adoptablehorses.com/ It appears this is where she is trying to turn feedlot horses by quarantining them at the fairgrounds.  She seems to be on a mission acquiring new horses and by accounts is not around to take care of the horses she has. The submitter found it particularly odd that they say they have a vet and farrier on site, because the fairgrounds does not.  Does she have another facility? Only one address I could find for her, she has several, looks to be anything close to rural and it doesn’t appear from google earth that there are any horse facilities at that address.

I do have to commend Haley on her progress with Walter.

Here he is on intake:

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and then 30 Days later.  Wondering why his hock is so swollen and why he hasn’t had a good grooming but at least he gained weight.  Also she notes he has been seen by a vet a couple times but I thought they had a vet on site. hmm….

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Haley you haven’t exactly left a wake of good things in your past.  If you want to be truly committed to helping these horses you must make sure you have the funds and resources to do it.  This doesn’t mean dumping horses at the fairgrounds that are sick and then not taking care of them. This doesn’t mean getting as many as you can because they are cheap and then not being able to feed them in three months. Seriously evaluate what you want to do with this horses thing. You are a TIP approved trainer so you have that going for you but you are ruining your reputation lickity split by not doing the right thing with the horses that you have.

The horse world is small and if you continue to scam people your reputation is going to be shot. It may already be as people are not happy about the potential exposure and contamination of the very public fairgrounds.  I also notice on Facebook one of your horses is due to foal. Foaling at the fairgrounds is also not a good idea as it exposes baby to things that it doesn’t need to as well.  Time for you to find your own place. Stop risking horse’s lives either your own, with the foal, or others with the snotty nosed escapee. And get it together and get a real job.

Is neglect abuse part 2

This picture and post are making the rounds on Facebook.

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Gentle Giants absolutely did the right thing in this case. They took a horse that just needed a peaceful end.  Could she have been fixed, maybe, but she was in a lot of pain and letting her go was the most humane option.

The question now goes with how did she get like this.  The backstory is this horse was owned by an older couple. The wife had cancer and begged the husband not to rehome the horses until after she passed.  Well she passed and even though he almost immediately called the rescue she was already in this condition.  Some people on Facebook are calling for compassion for the couple but I agree with Gentle Giants, NO EXCUSES. 

This neglect did not happen overnight. This took years to get to this point. Years of someone not paying attention to this mare. I get that this couple may not have had the physical means to take care of this horse.  But there is always hired help.  You can always have the farrier come out with an assistant. If the mare is bad for the farrier you can always have the vet out to sedate the horse so feet can be done.  There were some posts saying they lived in a very rural area and couldn’t get a vet out there.  To that I say bullshit, there is always a vet available.  Yes you may have to pay a large trip charge but you could have gotten a vet out there for the right price.  Can’t afford to get the vet or farrier out? Then it is time to either euthanize the horse or rehome her.  They could have called Gentle Giants years ago.  A true horseman would have done just that, sick or not.  A true horseman could recognize that the horse deserves better.  I know when you are sick the horses can bring such a sense of normalcy.  I have lupus.  when I was really sick I went a month without seeing my horses.  The difference is I trusted the barn I had them boarded at, I talked with other boarders on a regular basis, I had my farrier out and paid him and I had my vet out and paid her. It isn’t that hard.  A lot of people are absentee owners and if they put their horses in trusted hands and it works out ok for the horses.  While it is not the most ideal situation a horse that is well cared for even with an absentee owner it is still better than an owner who can’t give them proper care. I also have in my will that my mare that has DSLD is to be euthanized upon my death because I don’t feel I should saddle anyone with her very involved care.  It is my hope that she will pass before me but since nothing in life in gaurenteed I want to make sure she never has a bad day in her whole life.  She means way to much to me to not ensure her peace for all her days.

This case is cruelty.  It doesn’t matter the situation.  There is nothing you could say that could convince me that a mare walking on broken bones is not abuse.  I think it is bullshit that because of the situation the owner probably won’t be charged.  You don’t get a free pass to abuse animals just because of your circumstances. 

 

This is why you don’t put all your eggs in one basket

If you remember a couple weeks back we talked about Smiling k9’s rescue in Indiana. The one that has two different names.  Which they have sort of addressed now. Still no explanation for why they have two names but there has to be a back story.

We used their case of a neglected foal for why we can’t save them all and why sometimes it is better to let them go peacefully to save money for cases that have a better chance of fully recovering,  Or in this case keeping your rescue open.

It appears that Smiling K9’s did not take that advice and now guess what they are in trouble.

 

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Of course they don’t have any money so placing a Facebook ad for their gofundme that costs money seems like a good use of funds.  But now it is a sob story.  We won’t have hay or power, or even a place to live if you don’t give us money right now! This is where you figure out rescue is hard.  Where most good rescues are able to either personally fund their rescues or have at least 6 months to a year of emergency funds available so they don’t get in a situation where they are begging for it right now or the rescue is going to close.  Oh and we are going to spend money to tell you about it.

I am glad the foal seems to be doing better.  How much money did you put into him?  I wouldn’t be critizing you at all if you weren’t now begging for the funds to keep your rescue open.  Not just money to help with his vet and farrier bills but just to stay open.  Do you get it now? Do you get why we say sometimes it is better to let them go so you don’t run out of fucking money?  If you had the funds then as I said before by all means give it a go, but you clearly did not have to funds.  Less then a month later if you don’t get a flood of donations you are going under.  Huh?  This money problem didn’t happen overnight. You knew you were running out of money and you took on a hard case.  Did you think a hard case would garner sympathy and thus donations?  How did that work out for you?

We all know times are hard.  We all have to live within our means. That means not biting off more than we can chew. I hope you as a rescue have learned a hard lesson this month.  You really can’t save them all. It sucks but it is the life of a rescue.

If you do managed to pull through this disaster then you better evaluate every aspect of your rescue.  To figure out what went wrong and how you can fix it.  This means having a really good emergency fund and the means to take care of all the animals without outside help. This means having to pass on certain cases.  This means sometimes you do the kindest thing you can and give a horse the best last 24 hours of their life and let them go peacefully.  Rescues shouldn’t have to be bailing out rescues and it seems all too common these days.

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We start them young and little!

I guess bad parenting isn’t limited to people with big horses.  I guess we did have the pony people a couple posts ago but this is crossing the line.

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Oh but he doesn’t “ride” the foal around the junk heap “Kids just sit on her they have not rode her we just lead her with him on her”

I am sorry did you rewrite the definition of “ride” of which rode is the past tense.  Pretty sure ride still means to be carried or supported by.  Which by the looks of the picture is happening right there! Of course there is no helmet.  Wouldn’t want to protect our kid’s head.  Even falls from less than 2 feet can cause permanent brain damage and even in rare cases death.  Is that worth the risk for the “cute” shot.

Speaking of the cute shot, it isn’t cute.  That boy probably weighs 50% of what the mini weighs.  Twice what any horse should have on its back.  It doesn’t matter if it is for two minutes of two seconds it is hurting the mini.  Let’s get a backpack and fill it with a hundred pounds and have you haul it around.  A horse should only be asked to carry 20-25% of its body weight on its back. This also should take into consideration the health and condition of the horse.  This is a foal. This baby should not have any weight on her back until she is at least three and there is a good sized group of people who think minis should never have weight on their back even if it does meet the 25% rule. They really aren’t designed for it.  Even a little kid on a mini is usually sitting too far back and on the non weight bearing lumbar spine. They just have short little backs that make it hard logistically.  Do people do it, well yes, and in some cases it is just fine.  Those are older minis and usually are in pretty good condition.  I would still watch where the weight lands on them. Too far back on any horse and it can cause issues. Best way to test for this is to run your finger along the last rib up to the back.  There shouldn’t be any weight behind that point.

There are so many other ways you could showcase your mini for sale.  Cleaning up the junk in the background would be a huge help.  Since this is just a baby I would want to see that she leads well, loads on a trailer, stands for grooming and hoof picking, but no riding.  No even thinking of putting pressure on her still growing body.  There is just no reason to ruin her before she even turns two.

I hope this little mini find a new home, and soon before she is ruined.  I hope the parents listen to the advice there were given on Facebook and stop letting the kids ride the minis around.  Teach them to drive or do in hand work.  It is just as much fun and makes them more marketable.

Why fatten them up when we can just Slaughter them? Updated 3/18

 

 

 

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Random musings from someone on Facebook.  Someone who may or may not have passed fourth grade spelling and grammar judging by their post. Someone who also runs a horse rescue.  Kara Bell is the proud owner of Rockin K Horse Rescue in Texas and is also pro-slaughter.   Even though her website states:

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You forgot to mention Kara that if they cost too much money or just happen to be skinny you will ship them off on the first truck to Mexico.  In fact you have done it before.

It is interesting to note that while you state on your website that you started in 2013 you didn’t file with the state of Texas until November 24, 2014 and claim you are going to filing for your 501c3 status in 2015.  What are you waiting for? The slaughter markets to reopen?

How in the world could anyone in rescue support slaughter.  Support the terror those horses endure on the drive to the slaughter houses.  The terrors of being packed like sardines in a trailer, running the risk of falling and being trampled to death. The whole thing is cruel to horses. Even people like Temple Grandin who have tried to make a humane solution agree that slaughtering horses humanely is very difficult.  They just are different enough from cows that it just doesn’t work the same.  But this “rescuer” not only supports slaughter but also feel it is needed.

Do you know why there are so many skinny horses Kara?  It is not because there are no slaughter houses, because there still are, it is because people aren’t feeding them.  Every owner has a choice, and a commitment, they make when they purchase or acquire a horse, or any animal.  That choice, and commitment, is to care for the animal while the animal is in its care.  I am not going to say for the animal’s entire life, although that is how I personally feel, because I do understand that circumstances can change.  Those owner’s have choices, they could feed the horse like they should, they could find the horse another home, they could euthanize the horse but it is never acceptable to just let the horse continue to starve.  This is not the fault of not having slaughter houses.  This is the fault of breeding too many horses and not fostering a sense of responsibility in our society.

Just look at all the people accused of starving their horses Sherri Brunzell, Jerry Earls and countless others.  They all claim it was not their fault, the horses were old and all sorts of bullshit.  It is time people start taking some personal responsibility and saying that horse was skinny because I didn’t feed it properly.  It really doesn’t matter why, yes losing your job and not having money is a little different then just not feeding them because you don’t want to, but at the end of the day you chose that responsibility and the horses must be fed.

As a rescuer one would think you would understand this.  I know you are a relatively new rescue group, but you still should be able to see the very clear writing on the wall.  As a rescuer as well you should know a skinny horse is often the easiest to treat. All they usually need is food.  Yes sometimes there are other things you have to treat along the way worms, ulcers, bad teeth, but skinny horses are easy. It seems it is one of your mission statements to ” rehabilitate abused and neglected equines and place them into safe and permanent homes”. The pictures on your website show some horses having improvement in condition.  So why did you “waist” (sic)  your time and money on them?  What made them special? What made you waste time and money on any of them when you could have just sent them to slaughter.  Do you see the hypocrisy now?

Yes there are times when it doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money.  I talked about this last week in you can’t save them all. There are times when draining the rescues coffers for one horse isn’t the best financial decision a rescue can make.  All rescues at one time or another have to make these hard decisions. It is never for a just skinny horse.  It is for a horse who has a serious medical condition and the prognosis on the horse is less than good.

Kara, have you ever taken a good look at why there is a horse overpopulation problem?  That maybe there are skinny horses because the economy crashed, and then you had a terrible drought there in Texas and hay prices skyrocketed, and all the big breeders paying their AQHA fees all kept breeding but none of those could have contributed to all the skinny horses, it must be slaughter.  Even though only 1% of the horse population ever even went to slaughter, that and solely that, is what caused people to stop feeding their horses.  Maybe you want slaughter back so you will have a place to dump horses when their “rescue” doesn’t work out. Oh wait you already did that.  But that horse was dangerous you say.  Why couldn’t you have done the honorable thing, the thing that rescues occasionally have to gut up and do, and have the horse humanely euthanized? Because that costs money. Stop acting like a rescue just so you can pull on people’s heartstrings and get donations.  Donations that are not tax deductible since you haven’t sat down and filled out the paperwork.  Can you even fill out the paperwork, maybe someone should proofread your work.

If that really is your mentality then get out now.  Go down and work for the kill buyer and stop pretending.  Stop pretending to be on the good side.  At least the good in all of this is that you have shown your true colors and hopefully people will see there are other organizations to support.  Ones that don’t wait on the paperwork and who really truly want to see every horse in a home and not on a plate.

Apparently Kara got wind the internet was talking about her and posting this on the “rescues” facebook:

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It reads like an editor’s wet dream.  Seriously how did this person make it into high school much less graduate?  Maybe they didn’t…..

Then the comments went wild with all the transgressions Kara and Rocking K have made over the years.  Soliciting funds for horses that went to the auction.  Having “dangerous” horses ridden through the auction by teenagers, to horses leaving her property in worse condition then they came in.  Which kind of makes sense being that she thinks it is a waste of time and money.  I think her education was a waste of time and taxpayers money.  We failed this one, should we send her on to slaughter?

Kara you don’t get it. This is why other rescues don’t like you, why other rescues think you are scum. Why they don’t want to associate with you and are making damn sure people recognize that a true rescue doesn’t have that mentality.

I think a better bet for you would be to go back to school,  maybe elementary school.  Actually get educated and then maybe think about rescue. But that education HAS to come first.  Otherwise you are just embarrassing yourself.