Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I personally know Kelsey, and consider her to be a friend of mine. I read all of this stuff about her last night as it is all over the news and being discussed all over the web. I was actually texting with her this morning.
I met her because I bought Lucas from her, and since then we became friends and spoke with some frequency, we had even talked about going out and having a beer together at some point - but my foster kids put a crimp on any kind of social life for me.
I am shocked and horrified by the allegations against her - but there is more to the story, that I am sure will come out. We are only hearing one side of the events, I don't know the other side, but I know there is one.
As far as the training aspect, and her job. (This is all from my perspective and opinion)...
She has a large property with I'd guess 20ish acres. She buys horses from New Holland auction, and takes them from the track. Fattens them up, puts some training into them and flips and resells. The majority of her horses were selling in the $2k range, she had a few that were better and one I recall recently in the $10-15k range. I have had a lot of respect for her because she didn't take the sick or lame or old and try to save them, she took the ones that had potential and put some time into them to send them onto new homes.
Other places on the net have people telling pretty horrendous stories about her level of care for the horses, but I never witnessed or had any idea about any of that. And in fact I witnessed the opposite. Yes she has skinny horses at her place, when they first arrive from auction, but they do not (in my experience) stay that way.
I saw her devastated at the loss of her daughters old pony. Posting pics of her fat healthy pigs. Asking questions all the time about Lucas, commenting on my FB pics of him etc.
As Kelsey is a friend of mine, I have been reading everything I can about this situation. The text messages that she sent are pretty ****ing, and I imagine that the criminal case will hinge on them - but I have lots of questions.
Why on earth would she take these horses when they are many more available that would not have had a no slaughter agreement.
Why would she take them to New Holland when she could have arranged to take them straight to the meat guys farm?
Why after these horses were identified at the auction did they sit on a feedlot before slaughter (assuming) rather than being pulled?
I read on other websites threats, including death threats being made against her. I don't know of her guilt or innocence in this, but at this point she has not been convicted of anything but she is being crucified in the media and on the web.