Help for the Louisiana Horses
One of our readers notified us of a horrific abuse case in Louisiana. Since then we can’t seem to get it out of our minds. It involves upwards of 60 horses – a disturbing percentage of which were found dead on the property when the local humane association and two rescues went in to seize the horses on January 6th.
We’ve previously posted about holding Olympians and other “role models” to higher standards, but what about industry professionals? We pick on the backyard breeder who isn’t doing anything to help the industry but all of a sudden their indiscretions seem to pale in comparison to this case.
An estimated 25 equine carcasses was found on the O’l Home Place LLC farm in Many, Louisiana. The owner of the farm, Charles Ford, is a Thoroughbred breeder and trainer. Now, we may not be in the racing world, but it seems to us that any horse is bound to run better when they’re, you know, fed. Doesn’t it make sense that a horse who’s body is literally eating away at itself would run slower than a fit, well cared for horse?
How can we belittle backyard breeders when professionals pull shit like this? These people, who are experienced and employ professional trainers (like William R. Young in this instance) and are just generally supposed to know better – shouldn’t they be held to a higher standard? And even if it’s a money thing, at some point – maybe when he was stepping over the carcasses of one horse or maybe when he was piling the third dead horse on top of the fucking pile – we don’t know, but don’t you think Charles Ford should have thought to himself “hey, I can’t feed these guys, maybe I should try to get some help.”
For more information head on over to the Fugly Horse of the Day blog where we’ve done a more in depth post. Or, if you’d like to help out the rescues involved check out Louisiana Horse Rescue Association and Rescue Me Racehorse Rescue.
Posted on January 11, 2012, in Featured Rescues and tagged Charles Ford, Horse, Louisiana Horse Rescue Association, O'l Home Place, Rescue Me Racehorse Rescue, Snarky Rider, William R. Young. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.