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post #151 of 158 Old 04-27-2012, 01:26 AM
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"Recently, a disturbing video was posted on the Internet and shared with the Midwest Horse FairŪ office. The video depicts a horse being loaded onto a trailer in a very aggressive manner, including the trainer striking the horse multiple times with what appears to be a hollow plastic bat.

The Midwest Horse FairŪ’s first priority each year is to put on an event that highlights the region’s rich equine history and promotes safe, responsible training and care for all horses. The Midwest Horse FairŪ does not condone the conduct shown in the video in any way.

We urge anyone who witnesses unsafe or improper treatment of any horse at the Midwest Horse FairŪ to immediately alert staff and security on the grounds. We fully investigate all claims of abuse at the Fair, including dispatching a licensed veterinarian to check on the animal and provide any necessary treatment. Our team will follow up on all reports until we are satisfied that the horse is being properly treated.

Unfortunately, the situation depicted on the video arose as the trainer was leaving the grounds, and our staff was not alerted in time to remedy the situation. The Midwest Horse FairŪ is working with the authorities and eye witnesses to investigate the identity of the person in the video and will take appropriate action once her identity is confirmed.

This year's fair was another huge success thanks to the thousands of cooperative, compassionate horse owners and enthusiasts who make the trip every year. We thank each and every one of you for helping to make the Midwest Horse FairŪ a safe, fun, and successful event!"

^Posted on the MHF's Facebook.

As someone who went to the Midwest Horse Fair this year, I'll attest to the fact that they really do seem to have staff everywhere. If the person video taping REALLY thought this horse was in danger, you would think they'd be more concerned with finding a staff member around to intervene than to sit back and record it for Youtube. If it WAS abuse, what good would it be to sit back and watch it happen? What's done would be done. If in a position to intervene, why wouldn't they? That's what confuses me about the whole situation. I left on the second day, but if I saw something I truly thought was abusive (not that I think this was- I just wouldn't use this method myself), I wouldn't have taped it instead of getting proper authorities...
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post #152 of 158 Old 04-27-2012, 02:18 AM
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner View Post
the wiffle ball bat doesn't do near as much damage as a lunge whip or crop in the wrong hands..
or carrot stick. don't forget carrot sticks.
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post #153 of 158 Old 04-27-2012, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by christopher View Post
or carrot stick. don't forget carrot sticks.
Honestly I'd say the carrot stick would probably be worse than a wiffle bat.

Wiffle bat might sting more, but you could leave a nice bruise with a carrot stick.
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post #154 of 158 Old 04-27-2012, 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by busysmurf View Post
Has anyone looked at the YouTube posters website, especially her blogs?? Very interesting. I guess I abused my horse, I used to barrel race and show. And I would like to abuse my horse, since I would really like to get into reining.

Is there a trainer for that?
Where did you find the links to her blog?

The youtube video has been pulled, so I am not sure how to find them.
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post #155 of 158 Old 04-27-2012, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by christopher View Post
or carrot stick. don't forget carrot sticks.
Of course their carrot stick..

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post #156 of 158 Old 04-27-2012, 02:13 PM
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Reactionary responses by people who know little about anything concerning horses or training are now in the 'driver's seat' and are being set up by ignorant horse lovers who pander to the radical animal rights groups (like PETA and HSUS). When we (as horse owners) play into the hands of the animal rights radicals, we are insuring our own destruction. We are insuring that in the near future these radicals will use our 'abuse declarations' to try to stop us from showing and using our own horses.

As someone has said -- 'The girl who took this video supposedly thinks barrel racing and reining are abusive. Why would anyone with a horse play into the hands of animal rights radicals that want to stop all horse and pet ownership and usage?

We recently had an animal rights nut take videos at the local FFA-4H livestock show and then claim that the show promoted animal abuse and should be stopped because the participants were 'allowed' to use severe, cruel 'chains' on the show-halters on the steers and heifers. Everyone better hope they never get caught on film with a whip or spurs or some other aid and then be accused of using cruel equipment.

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post #157 of 158 Old 04-27-2012, 05:02 PM
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I thought of this thread this morning when loading my horse (the original Neurotic Mare™) in our new trailer. She has been in it once before, but is still getting used to the idea of a ramp.

She had a little hiccup loading, very unlike her, but knowing how she is we just took a minute to breathe and think about it, then I used a crop (oh noes!) that I keep in my trailer, it is my XC crop and has a long handle and a wide flap at the bottom. I picked it up and mare started to shake (also part of being a Neurotic Mare!) and all it took was some kind words and showing it to her and she took the first step onto the ramp, and then walked right on. Loading again after our lesson she hopped right in. Our old trailer did not have a ramp, but I figured she would like it once she got used to it, and she does :)

It actually takes LESS time to take time, than if you try to rush and get the horse all frazzled. At least, with mine :)
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post #158 of 158 Old 04-30-2012, 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Ripper View Post
All horses have "their days"....

Most people are pretty good at helping if you ask.
Moments - yes. Ours all load in too much of a hurry. I had horses screaming at me when I hooked up the trailer yesterday to haul our filly home. They love going places!

Just to let everyone know - she popped right in last night.

Her fourth time ever being hauled anywhere.
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