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    [RC] Breaking my heart - amber applegate

    I just want to tell people on the list, without naming any names, that
    yesterday I went out looking for a TWH for future endurance. I went to many
    ranches, and what I saw has left me reeling in disbelief.
    I have never in my life seen so many neglected, abused and starving horses.
    I took a woman that has been showing and training TWH and other gaited
    horses for 30 years, her credentials are impeccable, along with her we
    picked up another very long time Gaited horse person.
    We left everyone of these ranches, save one, in shock. And the worst one
    left the three of us speechless. Down in a dark, dank dungeon, and I can't
    even give you enough of a visual to actually put into your mind the horrors
    of it, Think of it as an Auchwich,(sp) for horses, stood this one time
    champion stallion, the sire to my Cruiser, once offered $100k for, in the
    most unsurreal conditions imaginable.
    This person did  not know we were coming, we didn't know we were coming, it
    just so happened that one of the ladies mentioned that this breeder lived
    right where we were traveling and I was so excited as I have never seen this
    stallion, but of course had heard so much about him. He was the Premier
    NorthWest stallion to breed to.
    And he was sire to my horse. So with camera in hand we knocked on his door.
    I asked to see the stud and take some pictures for Cruisers album. He turned
    white, stammered and finally said I would really rather you not.
    Well, now you all know me, I wanted to see this guy. So I persisted as only
    I can, and agreed not to take my camera but just wanted to see this
    "magnificent, famous, Nationally known stallion" He relented, but it was
    obvious that he was not happy.
    He kept showing us everything but the Stallion. Like his fleet of restored
    cars worth big bucks, but he can't worm his horses. I now was determined
    that I was not going to leave until I saw him.
    Before going down to the torture chamber, we were able to see his pasture
    mares, and that was shocking in it self. Wormy, skeleton, feet so long and
    broken that it was a wonder they could walk. We saw one "Mare" that I would
    have guessed at being a yearling, she was three years old.
    Finally, and I mean finally, he took us down the stairs into this cobweb
    infested ammonia stinking chamber of horrors, and there in the very back
    with no light, no windows, nothing to see, stood this once Princely Stallion
    weaving like crazy in a shit infested 10x10 stall.
    I swear, the three of us were stunned, beyond words. No wonder he didn't
    want a camera down there. This jerk, and that is the best I can say of him,
    has over 100 acres of green pasture, Why would he do this to a horse that
    made him so much money, that he spent so much money to promote, Hauled to
    Tennessee to show and promote, and this stallion wasn't the only one, there
    was another grand stallion who is also famous in even worse physical
    condition. across the chamber from this one.
    We left there with our stomachs in our throats. All the way home, we didn't
    have the words to describe what we saw, and why we had to see something so
    horrific. I am still reeling and so are the other women.
    But you know what, if the Humane Society were called, they wouldn't do a
    damn thing. After all there was food and water in the urine and crap piled
    And if anyone wants to know who this Hitler is, just email me privately. I
    have no qualms about exposing him. It was heartwrenching to say the least.
    I suspect that the perpetrator shot himself last night, he was clearly
    shaken that we saw what we did. And if he didn't shoot himself, I wish I
    could do the job.
    I just don't understand these "horse people" If they don't give a damn about
    their horses, for god sakes, GIVE them to someone that will take care of
    them or euthanize them.
    If only he could spend just one week in that coffin. His was the worst, but
    all were so bad. I came home with no horse. My guys sure don't know how good
    they have it, and I am glad that they will never experience it.
    Sorry, I just have to vent. It was beyond anything that I can describe in
    this post.
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