After reading CA's blog post linked here, he was upped a notch in my book.
I think more trainers need to be more upfront and cut the bull****, maybe that would help this ridiculous Disney image people have about horses. Unfortunately the NH movement hasn't helped any, but at least CA doesn't attempt to "love" the horses into submission. I am NOT a CA follower, nor do I think he is the best trainer out there, but I will give him props for standing up. I agree if he really wanted to clear the issue immediately he could of fronted the cash for necropsy. And he tried to make good by giving her a horse and refunding the training monies. Screw her if a 14.1 horse isn't good enough.
I have had a horse die in my care and I have know of others that it happened to. I was lucky to have a owner that understand that livestock dies(another reason why I only horses for people I know). My friend was not so lucky and dealt with a similar issue the CA is dealing with.
Also want to add....
I have seen a few horses have heart attacks, they do twitch and spasm. Matter of fact seen one last weekend at a jr. rodeo during the pole bending. They had to work the ground and fix some panels afterwards. But in good grass it is hard to tell, I have been in Northern CA for a few days visiting family, brought some horses and been tying them to the trailer in the pasture while saddling/unsaddling. You can barely tell the ground has been disturbed even after a couple of days. That includes some pawing trying to get to the green grass. So to say there was no struggle or if the horse had a heart attack and spasmed(sp) is hard to say depending on the ground/grass condition.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
Last edited by COWCHICK77; 03-28-2013 at 10:44 PM.