“No malicious intent”, my ass
Let’s say your an 86 year old man who has a horse and doesn’t know much about it. One day, your horse gets loose and, feeling frisky, heads over to a neighbors farm for some flirty-flirty with the stud-folk. You need to get her safely home, what to do you do?
a) Call a hauling service and incur the costs, but get your mare safely home.
b) Throw on some sort of headgear (halter, bridle, what-have-you) and walk her home, even if she is in an agitated state and you’re 86 and not exactly spritely.
c) Loop a nylon rope arond the horse’s neck and tie that rope to your pickup truck and pull/drag her home.
Well, which is it?
Dingdingding! If you picked ‘c’, you’re correct!
For full details on this most recent horrific horse event, please check out this interview from Eyewitness News 3.
This wonderful specimen of a horse owner wants us to believe there was “no malicious intent” when he tied his horse to his pickup truck and drove off. Apparently he couldn’t handle walking her and had no other way of getting her home to her breakfast and her apples.
Question: What kind of a person shows up to retrieve a rogue horse WITHOUT a halter?!
Now, here’s where my major issue with this story is: If the owner really, truly, harbored no ill-will towards this poor mare, then why didn’t he stop when he saw the horse was pulling against the rope? He must have known she was choking herself? She was obviously resistant to the idea of running behind a truck and he should have stopped and come up with a better idea before continuing to the point where she actually felland was dragged.
But hey, alls well that ends well because after experiencing being dragged, the mare decided she didn’t like it and was able to be walked the rest of the way home.
MY AUNT FANNY!
Is anyone else wondering what would have happened to that mare if those people hadn’t come along and stepped in? Would he have continued to drag her? Would he have let her get up and then tried driving off again?
You know what I find the most disturbing about this story? That is, aside from the blatant disregard for the horse’s safety and well-being, as well as the owners apparent inability to handle the horse, oh and his obvious lack of horse knowledge and experience? Is how he comes across as defensive rather than apologetic in that interview. Where’ s the remorse? The regret? My gawd, I lose sleep when I think my horse doesn’t have enough blankets on!
Unfortunately, the math of this man’s story looks something like 1 + 1 = 23. By my calculations, I just can’t get there!
By the way, if you’re so inclined, an online petition has been started to, shall we say, encourage the prosecution of this alleged horse abuser.