"Recently, a disturbing video was posted on the Internet and shared with the Midwest Horse Fair® 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 Fair®’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 Fair® 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 Fair® 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 Fair® 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 Fair® 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...
"There's no such thing as a problem horse. Just people that cause problems for horses." - Unknown