Originally Posted by Diegosmom
The problem is anyone who owns a big lick and is active in the industry knows very well what is happening to their horse.
He has been a trainer for over 40 years. Not just recently.
But there are still good trainers and any trainer can say "oh yeah I know what I'm doing" even if you don't. Yes it is known that this happens in the horse world but it is also possible that the owners didnt know what extremes a trainer takes. Should there be some repercussions for them not looking into if farther before sending their horses there? Yes but maybe not prosecuted. They also have to live with the knowledge that now they have a ruined horse. Will it bother all of them? No, unfortunately. I had a friend that bought a 'dead broke, no vices, horses from a "respectable" trainer' that nearly killed her and himself when he freaked out because he got tied to a rail for five seconds.
However prosecuting the owners doesnt take away from the fact the guy with deep pockets is getting off with a slap on the wrist and is being allowed to continue working with horses.
Quite frankly I would like more facilities to be looked at. The barn I worked at, and had to eventually quite for the same reasons, would pen horses in stalls 24/7 because they would jump out of the pastures, didnt supply enough shavings to bed the stalls enough to keep the studs who had cankers hooves out of his own urine, came up with a new case of abscess or hoof rot every time I went out there, ridiculously undercut the pay, had exposed live electric wires next to the horses stall windows that were open and when the county animal control came out because their akitas ran off the property they put the akitas in a stall with no water or frozen water buckets. Yet even after walking around the property nothing happened.