Was it proven that founder was the intent? Was that what they wanted, or did they just want fat ponies? How many of us horse people know that a lot of ponies can get fat off of air, and need to be watched and monitored in their diet in fear of founder? Almost all of us, right? These people obviously aren't "horse people".
Whether or not they cared, did the people even know that it was the over feeding that caused the ponies to founder? Did they realize that the ponies were in massive amounts of pain? Sure they were just going to be shot, but some people really can't comprehend what the horses go through, how it happens or that they are the ones that cause it.
How many people do you see on Animal Cops who see their skinny horses and think nothing is wrong with them? Sure we are APPALLED by some of them, but there really are people who don't see anything wrong, nor will assume the blame for it.
I'm really not trying to defend those people at all. However, I just see holes and feel the need to think this through.
I agree with the poster about essentially "training" the bears to eat horse. Not a smart thing to do. I wonder however if it is different for the bears than staking the ponies out alive. (Remember the beginning of "Enemy at the Gate". They showed the sniper as a boy with his grandfather. They had a horse tied to a tree, baiting the wolf to come into range of gunshot. Granted that is just a movie.) I wonder if the bears would associate a live horse to the cut meat? Just because he has eaten horse meat, and not physically killed one himself, I wonder if that would lead him to attacking and killing live horses. KnowwhatImean?