A horse gets stuck up to his neck in mud on a beach as the tide rises. His owner, Nicole Graham, who was enjoying an afternoon ride, stayed with him as rescuers struggled for three hours to pull him out. With moments to spare, the 500kg horse, named Astro, was freed with the help of a tractor and harness at Avalon Beach in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Rescue workers and Nicole Graham try to free Astro as the tide gets closer. Photo: Newspix/Rex Features
A vet, Stacey Sullivan, prepares to sedate the horse as Graham comforts him. Photo Newspix/Rex Features
Graham tries to keep the horse calm. Photo: Newspix/Rex Features
Rescue workers attach a harness to Astro to pull him free Photograph: Newspix/Rex Features
From Christina with Horseva. I ran across this news release today and I have to say I will never understand the egos involved in the cruel training methods used by certain trainers in the Tennessee Walking Horse community just to win a class or a certain title. Shame on all of them and I hope they are sentenced to serve jail time and are prohibited from owning any horses in the future. Just my opinion but that is how I feel. Here is the article....
Horse trainer indicted in alleged soring case Friday, March 2, 2012
From staff reports - Marshall County Tribune
A prominent Tennessee Walking Horse trainer and three others were arrested Thursday and charged in a 52-count federal indictment with violations of the Horse Protection Act.
Jackie L. McConnell, 60, Jeff Dockery, 54, John Mays, 50, all from Collierville, and Joseph R. Abernathy, 30, of Olive Branch, Miss., were charged with conspiracy to violate the protection act by transporting and showing horses they knew to be "sored" and also falsifying entry forms and paper work.
The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Tennessee 25th Judicial District Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of the Inspector General with the rescue of horses from McConnell's training operation, according to the Humane Society's press release.
The balance of that report follows.
The indictments, criminal charges and horse rescue come on the heels of an extensive investigation into the walking horse industry by HSUS, which shows that the high-stepping gait or "big lick" of the Tennessee Walking Horse often comes at a painful price.
As described in the indictment, the trainers used painful chemicals on the horses' front legs, using pain to force them to have an artificially high-stepping gait for show competitions. This cruel practice, known as "soring," has been illegal for more than 40 years under the federal Horse Protection Act.