These photos were taken at the Spanish Riding School in 2009 among many, many others and brought to the schools attention by the photographer, but otherwise kept private.
After discussions with the school didn’t achieve answers she wanted, she decided to post some of the photos. I have permission to share the photos but I am unsure if the source wants to be named, if they do, I will add more information.
All that said, before the “it’s just one moment/rider/incident” comments start… No. More than one rider. More than one moment. More than one incident.
Also… Anyone care to tell me if google translate does a decent enough job on articles / blog posts?
HEY. You wanna know what is a REALLY bad idea? Doing this ice bucket challenge thing bareback on a completely unsuspecting horse! Here’s a screenshot of what will happen to you and how your horse will react to ice cold water being dumped on them (in case you can’t tell, that is a horse flipping out and about to rear while dumping his helmet-less rider on the ground…. and everyone watching is laughing). This happened at Mesa Vista Therapeutics in Powhatan, Virginia. They have a Facebook, please feel free to tell them how you feel about their focus on “safety” and animal welfare.
EDIT: oh, and in case you were wondering. YES, this IS the same place that starved and neglected horses and got away with it!
You guys are awesome for spreading this. Please don’t let this die. Let these people know how you feel about their treatment of animals.
No self-respecting, approved therapeutic center would post videos of a helmetless rider, no matter what the circumstances…especially since is obviously not one of those PATH-approved exceptions to the helmet rule.
I, for one, am appalled that a fundraising awareness campaign has turned into this.
Heh, funny story about that. This place advertises as being PATH certified and they aren’t. In fact, they haven’t been for years. And even if they tried, their complete disregard for PATH’s safety regulations would make it a VERY hard transition.
Had to figure they weren’t. Have they been reported to PATH for that sort of false advertising?? I don’t even know how one would go about doing that, but they are dealing with people with all sort of disabilities…their clients deserve the truth. Irresponsible people have no business working with such clients, especially not when large animals are also involved.
As a PATH Certified Instructor I’m appalled by that sort of behavior. In addition to the photos I saw of abused animals makes me absolutely disgusted.
I’ve tried reporting them with no response from PATH. Part of the problem is they have a very specific process for reporting problems with their facilities and… this place isn’t one. The whole place is just SO fucked up. And yet they seem to get away with it every time they do something terrible :(
Geeze… I’ll have to do some digging and see if I can find some proof/information for PATH… There must be something, somewhere, where someplace falsely advertising as PATH certified can be reported. Unfortunately, they probably won’t be able to do anything because, as you said, these guys aren’t PATH, but maybe without the false advertising people will stop going there.
I feel just awful for the animals there, and the clients that need better services.
Can you tell me if the stallions are Herda carriers- pos/pos or herda/negative
I can try..
A horse posted through an auction network (he’s safe!!!)
Can we all just stop and appreciate that face????
Now THAT is a roman nose
Um please tell me someone arrested whoever had been starving that horse…
You haven’t seen many auction horses have you? He’s actually in pretty decent weight comparatively.
I haven’t been thing angry over an auction posting in a long time. Please share & signal boost this poor old guy with the hope that someone can give him peace in his final days, or have him humanely euthanized and save him the terrible death that awaits via slaughter. 35 years of loyal hard work, a personality solid enough to have been a loyal summer camp horse who is surely remembered fondly by countless kids… And dumped in a slaughter pen because at 35 his age finally caught up on a mountain trail ride.
I hate people, I hate then more and more every day.
Listing as posted by the auction:
If this had been a “S” month, Nicholas would be named “Saintly”. This old boy is said to be a Quarab and we were told that he is 35 years old. He has spent his life being a good boy and was used as a kids camp horse and in the trails. He could not keep up on his last mountain ride and so his owner brought him to the kill pen today. He is 15.2hh, in good weight and pretty sound. He gets along well with others and does everything asked of him. His feet look good and he picks them up easily. Nicholas is a good old boy that is friendly and anyone can ride.
Location: Sunnyside, WA
Someone bail him!!
If someone has the room for him, I’m sure I can get some money together to help out. I know many other riders who would help support this too.
Like always, there is room in my pasture & program for a horse who can work in therapy.
But WA is a far way away, surely I can’t be the only one with room?
Contact these people in Spokane, WA. They have a wonderful service for disabled children and are sometimes in need of gentle, reliable horses. They’re also good people. If you make the situation known to them, they may be able to help, or know someone else who can.
NEW TEST FOR DWARFISM AVAILABLE
A new genetic test for a form of dwarfism in miniature horses is now available from the University of Kentucky’s Animal Genetic Testing and Research Laboratory.
The test identifies carriers of four mutations in the aggrecan gene, which contains proteins critical to the development of cartilage structures. The mutations may result in a range of physical issues, including respiratory problems, oral malformations and abnormal bone growth.
Researchers say carriers of the mutated gene may not exhibit any outwards signs, but when two carriers are mated, the result can be a foal affected with any combination of the genes, some of which are lethal.
The new test does not identify all forms of dwarfism in Miniature Horses or forms found in other breeds. For more information about the test, visit the laboratory’s website or call 859-218-1193.
Article from Equus magazine
If people refuse to stop breeding horses with the gene there is no excuse not to have your breeding stock tested so dwarf foals won’t be produced. Horses with the gene should never be bred, but realistically there are people who don’t care, and at least this test might make people more aware of what’s in their stock so crossing of two carriers can be avoided.
Horse Slaughter: Hitting close to home
My Barn Manager posted this on Facebook and I think that this is an important story to share, as I know that many people have had similar experiences:
Some of you may remember Spice ( Garland Minuet), one of my grandmothers fillies by Nick (Burkland Nicholas). I sold her two years ago and nothing prepared me for the shock of where she ended up, 2 Years later:
at an Amish specialty driving sale, thin, dirty, depressed ,unwanted and being bid on by kill buyers……Cindy Noll , who is associated with Morgan Safenet, won the bid and saved her. Thanks to the power of social media, I was finally contacted by Ellen Ellen Alden who made the connection from Judy Nason, To my grandmother, and to me… and now, finally, I am happy to announce, Spice is going to be coming home, where she belongs, and where she will never have to go through the hell she went through just this past year.
*****will be looking for help to get her transported home from North Carolina****
From Morgan Safenet:
THE POWER OF THE NETWORK BRINGS THIS GIRL HOME!!
Many of you have been following a grade mare saved back in the winter. No papers. Selling through an Amish specialty auction, thin and unkept compared to the jazzed up harness horses selling that day. Cindy Noll was on hand for us and bid on this little Morgan mare. She was said to ride and drive and be a great family horse, but there she stood, unwanted being bid on by other brokers. That day her world changed…for the better.
We watched her transform in quarantine to a bright and lively healthy Morgan mare. Very pretty…she just had to be someone…but who…would DNA prove anything. Well that it did! And the day I was leaving for Circle J in CO we found her to be Garland Minuet. A hunter pleasure winner by Burkland Nicolas….a horse very dear to me and connected to people who are very dear to me. Usually we do all the call backs…find more out from former owners breeders but there was no time for that on the road. Posting all the info to FB and tagging friends ( Brenda Hoops Rouse)who may know someone connected with this beautiful girl, well that brought her to Chelsea Miller!!
Cindi, who’s barn name is actually Spice, was the first filly born out of Marjorie Millers breeding program. Chelsea has known Spice her whole life. She was in training at winged Spur farm when she won the hunter class. Chelsea’s grandmother ( Marjorie miller) had passed away and she inherited the farm and all the horses. At the time she was not in a position to support so many so some, including Spice, were sold to what were thought to be great homes on the conditions they’d come back if no longer able to do the job or wanted. Chelsea was devastated to know of Spice’s story and to think she was so close to being lost in the system.
We know not every breeder or former owner is in the position to take back a horse that has come at risk. There is never any pressure to do so. But when one can and wants to so willingly, it is always such a special gift to send them home. It is the story of Black Beauty! Lost identity…finding home!!
So, without further ado we are beyond thrilled to CONGRATULATE CHELSEA MILLER ON THE ADOPTION OF GARLAND MINUET…AKA SPICE…AKAA CINDI!! You are going home girlfriend!! Back to your roots!!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN AND HELPED GET THIS GIRL SAFE!! Special thanks to Cindy Kingsboro (our bidder and quarantine provider), Karen Schnell and Liz Bramble (foster and trainer of 30 days saddle refresher).
Colleen, Lisa, and Vicki
Founders Morgan Safenet