09-26-2012, 10:27 AM
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I can't in good conscience call for the heads of either the owner or haulers based on the news articles. Sad that the horse suffered? Oh yes, that in spades. Poor beast is the only real victim here.
The article states the owner paid a neighbor, not a professional hauling company, to take the horse to be bred and then bring her back home. $100 is a pittance for hauling, and probably wouldn't have even covered the gas to get her there and back.
How many times have any of us hauled horses for people as a favor, or loaned out our rig? Don't do it and you're a selfish meanie poopy head, or go ahead and do it, and if something happens be accused of abuse and neglect. Yeah, ****ed if you do and ****ed if you don't. I can't afford a lawsuit just because I tried to do someone a favor.
I don't know about any of you, but I don't test the integrity of my trailer floor every single time I haul. I do take it in for yearly maintenance and inspection, as well as check lights, brakes, and tire pressure every time I use it, but the floor only gets a maintenance check once a year.
The articles do leave me wondering how much the neighbors knew about the floor though, since they said they 'needed to make some repairs' to the trailer. If nothing else, they're liable for negligence. Abuse now, that's a little more than I'm willing of which to accuse them.
The OP apparently knows more than she's willing to tell, because it's pretty obvious she has a hate-on for the horse's owner.