03-28-2013, 07:56 PM
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The crew is all back from Florida but now the trainer and owner are going horse shopping in europe so the barn will quiet back down for 10 days. Yesterday and today were just chaos. We barely even have a spot to tack up and the arena is packed. The good news is that they think Jack looks great and even the head trainer (who said Jack moved like Sh#%) was on board for us going hunter. He was offering some positive comments and suggestions when we were lessoning today. The barn owner said that he has wondering jumping form now. I was told today that I just need to learn to trust Jack and we will be a great team.
The really weird news today was what one of the barns dogs found. Moe likes to go into the garbage. He was chewing on something and Lane was saying it looked gross and looked like a chicken foot. She and the other person over there were too grossed out so I went over and picked it up and I was freaking horrified. Yes, it was a chicken foot, that wasn't very gross to me, but it had a metal hook tied to it. My trainer was like what is that and I had to explain the finer points of Cock Fighting to them!! I was so mad. Just disgusting to me to torture any animal like that. The moral issues were just huge for me, not to mention the safety issues of it the dog had hurt himself on it or a horse had stepped on it or anything. I showed it to the barn owner and she was mortified.
Apparently the barn hands that were here for the winter were just here until the ones in Florida came back and they trashed the apartment and this was found by the returning grooms. They had thrown it in the trash and Moe found it there. They said that they don't think the guys were actually cock fighting here (20 years in prison) but they might have been practicing tying the feet for when they were returning to Mexico where it is not legal. I personally would assume that they were participating in the activity here in Wisconsin too but I doubt they were doing it on the premise, it's super loud and all. The barn owner said that she made it very clear that if she saw anything ever again that led her to believe someone working there now was doing this then they would be fired. ( I know the forum is generally, how do I say it politely, pretty soft on the animal rights issues so don't bother to make any comments about how it's not that big of a deal if that's the way you feel please)