It's been interesting reading your comments. Perhaps it stems from being local and the past history of the parties involved as well as more detail that is shaping public opinion.
Many are finding it quite hard not to grieve for this animal as well as others still in harms way.
Oh, I grieve for this poor horse.
I find it appaling that the haulers put a horse in the trailer.
I find it just as bad that the owners did not do more for the horse after the accident. It does not say weather the horse was under a vets care. If they could not hospitalize the horse properly then it should have been PTS, sitting in the stall did not look good.
Hopefully the horse was on pain meds.
You mentioned the insurance company, that is new. I don't know what the insurance has to do with it, unless they were keeping the horse alive untill a settlement was reached.
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.
After reading both articles, my heart goes out to the owner of this horse. It's obvious she truly cared for the mare as much as possible. I blame the haul company for not performing a pre-expection on the trailer beforehand!
I can not wrap my head around the fact that the horses owner did not inspect the trailer first.
My horses NEVER step foot on a trailer until I check it inside and out. I make sure the lights work, I make sure the tires are not bald, I pull the mats up and look under them. I check the walls to make sure there is nothing sticking out that they could get cut on. I check the ties to make sure they are quick release. I check the truck to make sure the tires are good, I check the brakes in the truck and the lights. I do all of this any time my horses go near a trailer. Even if it is a professional hauler.
My heart breaks for that poor little mare. She should have been PTS right away. Two broken back legs. There is no way that mare would have lived pain free.