Its really pathetic the way some people act. Nothing else has happened to them with their pony but apparently someone eleses horse was phsyically beaten and vets think it was a man that did it.
If I go to states next year im hiring my friend as a horse body guard.
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Unfortunately, that has been a fairly common occurance for many, many years.
Back in the 70's, my Dad was training/showing for some folks up in Kansas that owned an Appaloosa ranch. They had some of the best stock and they often travelled with multiple world and national champion horses. My Dad came to the stable late one night just to check on things and found 3 guys at American Quest's stall and they were charging the bars and poking sticks into the stall to instigate him. AQ was a very spoiled and vicious stallion to begin with so by the time my Dad showed up, he was running circles in the stall and charging and trying to bite the guys through the bars. 2 of them ran off and the other managed to get his ass kicked but all 3 got arrested before it was all said and done. After that, any show they would go to, the owner would call ahead and have private security meet them at the gate to the showgrounds and all of his horses were under armed guard 24/7 while at the show.
Then, of course, there was the girl within the last few months that had her champion barrel horse stolen from the rodeo grounds and when they found it, it had been beaten and tortured nearly to the point of death.
Most folks anymore will either get an extra stall beside their horse's (if they are only showing 1 or 2) and sleep there or use a portable closed circuit camera in the stall. Even with that, though, you would have to stay awake and watch all night long.
It is such a horrible thing that people are so desperate to win that, instead of bettering themselves and their horses through work and training, they resort to cheating and sabotage.
But Smrobs, cheating and sabotage is just SO much easier :roll:
It just baffles me that these people all call themselves horse lovers and they would resort to hurting the animal they claim to love so much just so they can look good for an effing ribbon and bragging rights for the next year. Or even for the next few weeks until the next show where they just do it all again.
Seriously, if you want to be the best, WORK FOR IT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Sorry, kinda starting to rant there...
The threats don't compare to what happened to someone elses horse.
My friends sent me a text letting me know their pony was fine, but someone elses horse was beaten by someone that had it in for them. They don't know who the horse belonged to.
It is disgusting that people act like this. I really hope that whoever was responsible for this gets whats coming to them.
It's horrible that this is what the sport is turning into. That's exactly why I got fed up and quit showing years ago on the bigger levels. I'll stick to my happy little schooling shows, thank you very much. There's still more than enough bitter snarky moms and fellow riders there, but at least they're in better balance with the ones who just want to have fun. They may moan and gripe behind your back, but at least it doesn't turn life threatening at that level. It's terrible that a child should have to be worried about her pony's safety in order to compete.
I think they're lucky that nothing else happened.
They're also lucky their stepdad was willing to for go sleep for almost a week and stayed up with the horses in the stables.
It's a good thing that next year states is close to home so we won't have to be away for a long time.