While researching the many farms and stables here in Northern Illinois, I kept hearing about a dark side. Then I was given the book"Red Blood," which was based on activities here involving horses amd insurance fraud. More than two dozen were indicted back in the 90's for the use of electrocution and even crowbars on horses that weren't measuring up to get insurance money for new horses. There have also been many scandals in overpricing horses and false partnerships and high kickbacks for some agents. What is bothering me is that many of these people are still in practice and operating farms here today. Everyone stays mum about it, never mentioning names. In fact, one key person owns a farm that sponsors bigger shows here and is known to charge double for lessons (100+ per lesson). It's like high school in that many "people " go to him because their friends do, so its the posh place to go. But I seriously wonder if they know about him as this person makes finding info on his farm and his involvement with it hard to find. Now That I have begun to realize some of these bigger farms were involved, I am having a hard time feeling as if I can trust anyone, especially when it comes to the purchase price of a horse and those working with them. Sorry for the long post. Just trying to comprehend the info and understand why they are still very much a part of the industry.