Drafty, the way I understood it is that the "trainer" tied the horse's head down (which, to me, meant by the bit) then proceeded to throttle the horse with a whip, which likely caused it to fight the bit and lacerate the tongue.
I do feel sorry for the poor horse and a "trainer" that would do something like that pisses me off to no end (gives us all bad names). BUT
, the owner said she was standing there watching the entire thing
. Why the flark did she not stop it long before it got to that point?? I wouldn't have allowed her to tie my horse's head down in the first place but I can see where a possibly novice person wouldn't know anything was wrong with that. HOWEVER, the first time she popped him with the whip while
his head was tied down, I would have drug her out of the arena/pen by her hair and proceeded to throttle her.
So, in that respect, I don't feel much pity for the owner either...only the poor horse caught in the middle of all that stupidity.