Again, unless you are living in his boots, you don't know what is going on. Maybe he is afraid, and probably the truch,that if he lets the horses go to someones barn, he will never see them again.
Funny that it says the horses have lived in this condition for a year? Gee, two months ago it was still HOT and dry in northern california, it was summer before that and spring before that. If conditions were so bad, why didn't the do gooders try to step in then and offer to help before winter hit. If it has been a year, then they watched it last year and again, instead of trying to help, waiting a WHOLE year to call in the tv reporters. Maybe the guy is sick and tired of folks butting into his business.
I don't have stalls and my horses can be clean, feet picked and manes and tails combed. A storm hits and they are packed with snow, mane and tails are frozen with ice and they have rolled in the snow and their long fuzzy coats look like they have not been taken care of for months. When spring starts rolling around, they look horrible. Coats are matted, tails and manes are caked in mud, their bellies are full of mud balls and even their heads are caked and muddy. Is it because I have not kept them well cared for and groomed? No,its because they go roll in the muck, lay and nap in the muck and run and play in the muck.
You can't keep animals clean in muddy snowy conditions in everyday life UNLESS you are one who's animals are kept in blankets in stalls full of straw and shavings, groomed(alot of times by the barns professional groomers) turned and and brought back inside and the whole scenerio started again. I think that is great if you can afford to keep your horses that way , but for the ones that can't, the horses live in nature. Don't even tell me that "maybe you should not have animals then" until you have lived a winter in Wyoming or Utah or California and your animals live on ranches outside.
Oh yea, for all the humaniacs on the forum who cry and try to get everyone to sign petitions to stop horse roundups, maybe you need to go look at wild horses on the range, they sure as heck are not groomed and they live in mud up to their bellies, paw for food and walk miles to find water. So its okay for wild horses to live hard lives, but not okay when a person is feeding and taking care of his animals but just not up to some peoples standards.
Think about it.