BUT,to the folks who are sure that CA or his trainer, hobbled the horse, left it unattended and that is why it died, have any of you actually ever driven through a REAL country farm/ranching/hunting area and seen horses tied up and left to graze for all day or all night? I have seen outfitters hobble one or two horses by their front legs and the whole herd is turned out at night to graze. The hobbled horses keep the rest of the horses from leaving the "lead" horses. Nobody is watching them, they are left to eat and graze. I have seen horses left for the day tied to a fence by a front leg or by a halter beside a busy highway and left to graze. I have seen horses hobbled by a front leg tied to a back leg and left to graze. I have seen the sheepherders hobble a horse and they are turned loose to move and graze. Nobody is standing by watching them graze, for hours and hours.
This is a typical way some feed their horses grass.. Do I think its a good idea? No because so many things can and do happen while horse or horses are left to eat this way. But, it does occur all the time in the USA and nobody stops and tells a rancher/farmer/outfitter that its cruel. Nobody knows if a horse dies because it falls and breaks it neck, because it falls over dead from whatever reason and there it is laying dead whether two hours later or 12 hours later. They just take away the horse and bury it.
This whole situation is being carried over the internet and numerous forums and facebook because the OWNER of the horse stated her upset and it was taken from there. Sure she had the right to be upset, but if anyone actually reads what is written on CA's site about this program and any of his training, on ANY trainers page about training, what happens, what can happen to the horse, how ACCIDENTS happen, then there is no point in pointing fingers.
Anyone who has or has had animals that die unexpectantly wants to blame someone, anyone for their upset and pain. Its the feeding frenzy that keeps the blame going.
I think its sad that this happened, but I bet if you check references on ANY famous trainer, or any backyard trainer, horses die and they are blamed for it.