I had to get into the Walking Horse industry for a while.. as the guy who owned the property I lived on for two years needed someone to green break the horses (not train, just get them saddle broke)
The thing I learned.. is money is everything. A horse that is clearly sored will pass the vet test with flying colors if the handler slips the vet a couple 100's.
This one guy I knew was a multi-million dollar member of the TWH industry. He had this one field on this property where he put the horses he "didnt like"
He would not feed them, and would only water them if he remembered to. Of course, they were for sale.. but all were 5,000 dollars.. no less. I saw one emaciated horse back there I fell in love with. He hated her. Threw rocks at her, kicked her, etc.. she was skin and bones, heaving, and covered in scars on her coronet bands and the hairs on the top of her tail were white from the brace. I offered to take her, and he said "5,000 no less" I said how emaciated she was, and that she wasnt worth more than 25 dollars, and he said "5,000 no less"
So I called the Humane Society... He paid them off.
When I called them back saying the horse was still there, they said "The horse had food and water, and his vet said she was under his care" Bull-crap. She wasnt. So I set out the next day to take photographs of her... but she was gone.
To them, Walking Horses are like Cars. You can let a car sit for a few months, then drive it like nothing was wrong. You can't do the same with horses.
I hope he rots x_x