23RD JULY, 2018
Hi Folks. Hope You had a good Week and that you remained on top of things. The Rain has just started and this Week, we may actually get some. Yay!!
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
What appears in this Video, is not the system however, this Lovely Bay Filly, who arrived 2 Days prior, unbroken, had attempted to throw itself over backwards to Her Death, out in front of Stable 5.
This Day saved Her Life and she became my Girl Friend after.
GAINSBOROUGH FOR SALE
Back to Gainsborough Yesterday for Mrs. HP teaching, pruning the last of the Roses and me replacing the very last Wooden Rail that I used 24 Years ago, for Yards, with Galv, so all replaced, right across the Property and no Horse will ever eat one again 🙂
We have been extremely Busy, finally putting together a FOR SALE PACKAGE for Gainsborough as we are over Weekly increase in Traffic and the time it takes to drive from Victor Harbor to Golden Grove, with the excessive Population Growth in this Country. Thanks God Dutton is trying to stop immigration.!!!!!!!! The infrastructure was never built to cope and now they are all in panic mode, trying to work out how to free up the Roads….which is impossible.
So very Sad, the last thing we wanted to do.
I never got around to telling anyone this but I submitted Plans and Engineering for an Indoor Arena at Gainsborough
The District needs an indoor and I expect it would be most sought after.
THE ETHICS OF COACHES – AN ONLINE VET ASSESSMENT THIS WEEK
WORDS FROM THE OWNER
When everyone is an expert and even the the trainer says give me 6months at 500. A week and lessons to help you ride her !!! We ve discussed these issues before John they can’t see a lame horse they don’t know ! All —— professionals to rip you of your hard earned $$$
It’s a Sad thing, repeated by me many times, how the EA Coaches are not equipped or educated in Matters ‘Veterinary assessment’ and how many Horses go un-diagnozed, remain in pain and how many Owners suffer the financial Losses.
Think about it….imagine a Coach, charging for ‘riding a horse through it and re-educating it – when it is in fact unsound????? It’s a sad state of affairs Folks and one of the reasons why the Horse Industry is on it’s knees across the Country.
This was given to me on a free lease from a breeder with an option to buy , but as you know I can not help myself and tried to work out what was wrong , I was told the head bopping was allergies , after saddle teeth with my the way we’re Terrible mouth on right was ulcerated ! I treated ulcers had lessons just in case it was me , got a bombers bit fitted gave pentazan and now just needed your opinion , because the instructors and girls at the barn keep saying it’s a habit /bridle lameness
Lame Ellie. Unsound. Bridle Lameness is normally only one direction but this is lame both ways. It is also fearful of a Head Set but because of it’s outstanding temperament, goes along with the Pain, to please the Rider. Apart from that and almost always, lack of SUPPLENESS.
Just for education purposes, do you think the head tossing is worse in the walk because she has to put more weight on front for longer compared to trot the bobbing is less in fact if you some people can’t see it
walk is a 4 beat movement so weight is on one leg at a time so it hurts more
Hope your both well.
Here is an update on Bella (the old grey mare 😉)with the running reins, I’m wrapt with how she has improved.
I know you have said off the lunge is better but My round yard is almost under water at the moment so it’s this or nothing at the moment.
My query is, should I be asking for a canter yet?
I have only asked her once without running reins on to see if she understood what I was asking for, it was pretty wild!! Completely flexed off and racing around flat out.
So if I do it would need to be in the round yard I think for safety.
Yep, well done, looking good and improving.
Yes, short canters are fine but yes, in the round Pen.
You are doing a great service to the lovely Mare.
Your kind words mean a lot.
We have also started a few short rides, leg yielding ect at the walk and some nice walks out around the lanes on the farm – on the buckle of course!
Great Stuff. The Horse is looking good and the lunging with our equipment is doing the job.
COMPETING THE HORSE THAT IS NOT BUILT ‘FIT FOR PURPOSE
It can be done, but believe me, if it going to be done with fairness to the Horse, much fitness and Muscle preparation has to be done. The Horse cannot be HELD or jammed into a frame and without SUPPLENESS, the challenge cannot be carried out.
TIP OF THE DAY
” The conformationally challenged Horse, being asked to perform ‘English Discipline’ tasks, MUST be warmed up in the correct manner otherwise they have no chance of performing the tasks.”
LAME HORSE WINS AT Aachen.
watch from 2.37, the walk. to 3,04.
THE STATE OF DRESSAGE IN THIS WORLD
It is extremely disturbing, that all these Years later, from Anky and the Rollkur, and the guarantees for the Welfare of the Horse, have simply been platitudes to us, the ‘rank and file’ for they have done nothing.
Each Week, we still see the Worlds so called top Riders’, riding in a way that is unjust to Horses.
To You, my Subscribers, let me pass onto You that they simply don’t get it. They do not understand how to properly train their Horses. They simply ride to the largest forced movement to impress the gullible and poorly trained F.E.I. Judges, who are also part of the problem. Take a look at this Week…….
So real this if You haven’t read it before, for here is the secret Folks.
It doesn’t have to be
PHOTO OF THE DAY
The Mighty F Truck. 6 Rounds
Success this Week with the Seller of a suspect Horse taking it back and refunding the Money. Well done!
STAR OF THE WEEK
THE AGED HORSE – BORDERING ON UNSOUNDNESS
Congrats to this Young Lass, who had a Lesson with Mrs. HP 2 Weeks ago and according to Her, changed the Life of Her Horse.
She has only been to a comp a couple of times in Her Life but the other Day, the Old Horse did a Çappo’ when he entered the Ring, showing ‘proudness’ and a determination to show them how it is done.
The Photo sure as Hell shows that 🙂
Well done Mel and Clipper!!!!!
GAINSBOROUGH CLIENT OF THE WEEK
Laura, for Her responsible Horse Ownership, genuineness, peacefulness and dedication to Her Horse.
NEWS OF THE DAY
Powerplay to overthrow Equestrian SA board deemed “undemocratic” by under-siege leader
A MOVE to overthrow the board of Equestrian SA by a group of disaffected members and install its own board has been slammed as “undemocratic” by the new chief of the under-siege organisation.
The new group, with connections through the Adelaide Hunt Club and Adelaide Polo club, has called for a general meeting with the single agenda that the current ESA board be “removed from office”.
Those nominated to replace the board include Scott Donner, Clive Reed, Tony Richardson, Catherine Skinner, Andrew Hunt, Andrew Craddock and Richard Mintz.
In an email detailing the plan to group members, Mr Donner, an Environment and Water Department project officer writes: “Please do not use social media to distribute this as we wish to keep this professional and out of the public domain.”
Joe Hooper – Former chair of the Equestrian SA board
The email, sent from a DEW email address, further urges members of the group not to distribute information to “prevent media obtaining copies”.
Mr Donner, a former chair of the eventing committee and who resigned last month, told The Advertiser he would make “no comment at this time”.
The current ESA board comprises Stuart Platt, Joanne Cottle, Karin Edwards, Jacqueline Lang, and newly elected chair Peter Graham
Mr Graham told The Advertiser the financial future of the sport was in jeopardy.
“Members need to realise we are risking funding, both government and private, with this infighting,” he said.
“This plot is undemocratic and will disenfranchise many of our members especially those in the country.”
ESA receives public funding of around $40,000 year.
Mr Graham replaced former chair Joe Hooper who quit the board this month.
Maggie Dawkins, daughter Alice, and horse Grace first spoke out against alleged bullying and abuse in the sport. Picture: Dylan Coker
He said ESA, once formally notified of the push to remove the board, would seek legal advice to first determine if the proposal was constitutional.
ESA, which has seen more than a dozen resignations of late, continues to investigate allegations of bullying by staff members and the unauthorised release of member’s personal information.
Child protection advocate Maggie Dawkins who first spoke out publicly against bullying and abuse in the sport said the annual general meeting in September was the “correct and proper mechanism” for board renewal.
Current board member Karin Edwards is the owner and manager of Kirkcaldy Park, a stadium, arena and sports venue at Meadows, which is used for ESA events.
On its Facebook page she has posted that if the ESA board is removed, then “Kirkcaldy Park will cease ALL involvement with ESA activities.”
and right there, is precisely what is wrong with the Horse Industry. Picking sides, getting emotional, fighting, the age old problem. The Boards of the past have not even secured the Sports own Land, the first priority for me, from Day dot.
OVER WEIGHT RIDER RULES GET PRESSED AGAIN
The Great Yorkshire Show (GYS) continued to implement its strict rider weight policy this year as a total of 13 riders were asked to dismount from their ponies during the three-day show at Harrogate show ground (10-12 July).
Amanda Stoddart-West, livestock and entries co-ordinator, said the first couple of days were an improvement on the previous year, with only one rider being asked to dismount each day.
On the third day — which hosts the majority of the ridden pony classes — a total of 11 riders were pulled up in the working-in arenas. No one was asked to dismount in the ring.
“The society has been pleased with what it’s seen this year with regards to riders on suitably sized ponies,” said Amanda. “However, Thursday did provide more cases due to the fact it is children’s pony day.
“The decision to ask someone to dismount is always made by a professional vet who then gives the rider the option to be weighed, which is done with the saddle. This year the GYS society has also invested in its own set of horse scales so the equine can be weighed — this is all about ensuring every rider is riding the right horse.”
Amanda added: “The the whole process is done as discreetly as possible. Our main concern is that animal welfare is our main priority.
“We have found a lot people complain about our system but decline the offer of being weighed when asked. Only one person out of the 13 went to be weighed and actually measured in. We have received a mixed reaction from the showing community but will continue to keep enforcing our rider weight policy in the future.”
A Pony Specialist who has ridden small breeds for many years at all the major championships — was one of those asked to dismount during the warm-up on the second day of competition.
Rebecca was riding a Dartmoor pony and was pulled over by an official who said she looked too big for the pony
“I was quite shocked at how it was done. The gentleman told me that I was over 20 per cent of the pony’s weight, after watching me ride it round. He had already made that presumption, without any sort of proof,” said Rebecca, who didn’t take the pony in the ring but watched it qualify for Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) with another jockey, following the incident.
“I was offered the chance to be weighed but they didn’t weigh the pony. I do not believe it is possible to make a visual judgement of such a thing, and it is also impossible to know without weighing the pony.
“We have our ponies weighed at home and I know I am within the limits — it is too subjective, and there were several riders who looked bigger than me who actually made it into the small breeds classes. Some competitors have stopped bringing their small breed ponies in fear of the same happening to them.”
Rebecca believes she was told there was no way of weighing the pony, but GYS vet Julian Rishworth, the official who spoke to her, said it is possible she may have misunderstood what was being said, as weighing facilities were available.
“It feels like people are getting singled out and there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to it,” Rebecca added. “I also noticed the large breeds breeds aren’t even taken into consideration.”
Mr Rishworth said: “Every rider was offered the chance to have themselves and the pony weighed. It is possible there has been some confusion or that she misheard what was told.”
A MOUNT Marshall woman is asking country drivers to take heed of an important road rule that is most relevant in rural areas, yet many don’t know exist.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads has issued a public warning to drivers that come in contact with agitated horses.
‘If you’re driving near a horse rider and they signal that their horse is jumpy or agitated then you must stop at the side of the road and turn off your motor,’ the Department tweeted on social media.
‘It’s for the rider’s safety, the horse’s safety, and yours.’
According to the state road rules, a driver must not move until they are sure their vehicle’s engine or its movement will not aggravate the horse.
Disobeying the rule could land drivers with a fine of up to $2600 if they don’t obey.
Mt Marshall heavy horse breeder Clare Gorwyn said if more people followed the rules there would be less anxiety for horse riders who use roads as passageways when riding out.
“I think less and less people ride out on the roads because of the fear of that particular one motorists doesn’t slow down,” Ms Gorwyn said.
“If I went out there knowing everyone was going to the right thing but I know I have the chance of that one person who doesn’t slow does or kicks up a shower of gravel.”
She called for more awareness among drivers of the road rules surrounding agitated horses.
“We live in a rural area where people have chosen to come to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and “country” activities.
“This includes horse-riding just as it does walking (with or without a dog) cycling or motor bike riding,” she said.
“(As a rider) you’re entitled to ride on the road and naturally would use the verge but there are times when you have to used the road.
“The horses do have right of way as now the law says cars have to stop if the horse is agitated.”
As an experienced horse rider and breeder, Ms Gorwyn said signs of an agitated horse can be as subtle as standing still with head held high and ears pricked to odd, restless movements.
“It may start to ‘dance’ or prance about or start moving sideways – either away from but sometimes towards the road.”
Oncoming cars could make horses shy, buck, throw the rider or jump towards the car, Mrs Gorwyn said.
“For the most part 95 per cent of people are really good but when you get that one person flying past you and doesn’t care the horse spooks and then they think it’s all your fault for being our there on a horse that can’t handle traffic.”
Queensland is one of the few states where road rules apply to interactions between horse riders and drivers. New South Wales drivers are not governed by specific rules on when or where to stop when around an agitated horse.
EVENTER REGAINS CONCIOUSNESS
Jonty Evans has regained consciousness and is “interacting positively” with medics and his family.
A statement released today (20 July) on behalf of the Irish event rider’s family said that his condition has continued to improve in recent days.
Jonty had been unconscious since he suffered a serious brain injury in a cross-country fall from Cooley Rorkes Drift at Tattersalls on 3 June.
But today’s statement read: “We are pleased to report that over the past 10 days Jonty’s condition has continued to slowly improve. Jonty has now regained consciousness and is beginning to interact positively with the medical team and his family.”
The rider is undergoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions, which will continue for the “foreseeable future” as his injury improves.
“Due to the need for Jonty to remain in a quiet and calm environment for a significant period of time, and to continue his recovery as privately as possible, the medical team have advised the family to keep visitors strictly to a minimum,” the statement added.
“The family deeply appreciate all the actions, support and kind words Jonty has received over the past weeks from the eventing community — they have found this a great source of strength.”
Riders have been showing their support for Jonty by wearing green, his trademark cross-country colours, as part of the #WearGreenForJonty campaign, and donating to his family’s chosen charity, the David Foster Injured Riders Fund.
“Jonty’s family thanks everybody for their kind thoughts, continued support and best wishes,” said the statement.
“Please respect the hospital request that no calls regarding an update should be made directly to the Connolly Hospital. It is not expected that a further update will be provided during the next few weeks, unless there is a significant change in Jonty’s condition.”
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HORSE DRAWN WAGON ENDS IN DITCH
A young person was taken to hospital by STARS Air Ambulance after a horse drawn wagon ended up in a ditch.
Police say about 20 young people were riding in the horse drawn wagon on a grid road just off Highway 247 in the Round Lake area when the two horses became spooked and took off.
The wagon crossed into a ditch and ended up in a treed area, causing a number of the passengers to be injured.
STARS Air Ambulance (file photo)
One person was taken to hospital by STARS with a potentially serious injury, 15 other people were either treated at the scene or taken to local hospital with minor injuries. Nine people have now been discharged from hospital.
The kids were on the wagon ride at Camp Mckay, a four day family camp on the Ochapwace First Nation.
“They were coming at a fairly good speed and another car pulled out and spooked the horses at which point they ran into the tree,” said Denise Beaudin the interim director of operations for the Ochapowace First Nation. “This is the first event that’s ever happened where we’ve had an incident like this.”
Camp Mckay has made counselling available to both those involved and their families.
Beaudin also says that the First Nation will also review their emergency plan and look for a way to try to prevent future accidents.
THROWN FROM HORSE AND IMPALED
MORELAND HILLS, Ohio — Squad call, Chagrin River Road: Metroparks Rangers were called in around 2 p.m. July 11 on an initial report that a female rider had fallen off a horse and impaled herself on a piece of metal reinforcement bar.
Dispatchers learned a short time later that a paramedic was on the scene near the Polo Fields and that the injured rider had been extricated from the “rebar,” with a rescue squad en route and the victim awake, breathing and talking. No further details or updates were available.
Erratic driver, Glen Road: A caller reported at 8:42 p.m. July 16 that young kids were driving around the circle at 100 mph in a maroon Kia. Police were unable to locate the suspects, but the caller took pictures for further review.
AIU callout, Haskins Road: Members of the Chagrin Valley Accident Investigation Unit were called to the scene of a one-car accident in Bainbridge Township just after 8 p.m. July 15. At least one member from Moreland Hills arrived on scene within half an hour.
Erratic drivers, Chagrin Boulevard and Chagrin River Road: A caller reported just after 9 p.m. July 14 that a red Ferrari with Florida plates, a gray Maserati and a gray Nissan GT-R were all going 70 mph down the road before they appeared to be turning left onto Ohio 87. Hunting Valley and Pepper Pike police were alerted.
GRAFTON HORSE TRAINER JAILED FOR SEX WITH A HORSE
A NSW man jailed for having sex with a horse told police the horse gave him consent by winking at him, a court has heard.
A Grafton horse trainer said the filly was left “traumatised” after Daniel Raymond Webb-Jackson, 31, committed two sexual acts with the horse when he broke into stables on Turf St earlier this year.
Webb-Jackson pleaded not guilty to committing an act of cruelty to an animal when he broke into stables on January 22.
The trainer said he and his staff suspected disturbances at the stables in the month before, and installed CCTV cameras as a security measure.
When the cameras triggered an alarm on the evening of January 22, a trainer saw Webb-Jackson opening a number of stables and called the police.
Police found Webb-Jackson crouching in the corner of a fourth open stable, where he was arrested after a short scuffle with police and taken to Grafton police station.
During police interviews Webb-Jackson admitted to committing two sexual acts with a horse.
He told police the filly smelt his crotch and winked at him, which he believed was the animal giving consent, The Daily Examiner of Grafton reported.
The trainer said he was preparing the horse to race, but the incident had changed the demeanour of the animal dramatically.
“She is only a little two-year-old and we had to put her out in the paddock,” the trainer said.
“The filly went from being quiet to just being highly strung, she changed in 24 hours. We had to put her in the paddock to try and get her head right.
“You don’t want to see this sort of thing happening, it’s really sick stuff.”
In her judgment, Magistrate Karen Stafford said the basis of the animal cruelty act was to ensure humans protected the welfare and the manner of treatment of animals, and the definition of cruelty must be considered in light of the objective of the act.
She said the two sexual acts — allowing a horse to fellate Webb-Jackson and digitally penetrating the horse — amounted to acts of cruelty.
Webb-Jackson was jailed for 10 months with a non-parole period of four months and was also fined $700. With time served, he will be eligible for release next week.
ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNER DIES FROM FALL
A Mearns community stalwart and former environmental campaigner has died after falling from her horse and suffering a head injury.
Christina Sullivan, 73, was on a horse at a stables near to her home in Rickarton, a few miles west of Stonehaven, when the tragic accident happened last Wednesday.
Despite paramedics’ best efforts, the experienced horsewoman died before she got to hospital.
She had for many years been a central figure in community life, working with Stonehaven’s twinning committee and helping to organise events.
Husband Mike, a former Lib Dem councillor, said that the mother-of-one would be missed “enormously”.
Mr Sullivan, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, said: “She was loved by everyone.
“She was very interested in the local community and spent a lot of time working with the community council.
“She was a very politically-motivated person you could say and very keen on CND. We went to demonstrations many times. She was just an altogether interested activist.
“As well as this she loved animals, was a philanthropist and had four grandchildren in Denmark who she loved spending time with.
“She was a very fine character and I will miss her enormously.”
Born in Denmark in 1945, Mrs Sullivan had a son, Peter, from an earlier marriage.
She was a part of the famous Greenham Common peace camp in the early 1980s.
The all-female demonstrators hit the headlines after they pitched-up outside an RAF base in Berkshire to protest cruise missiles being stationed at the site.
She met her second husband, who had served in the Royal Navy, in Malta in 1981.
They would get married in 1988 in Oxfordshire by which point Mr Sullivan was working as a commercial airline pilot. That job would later take him to the north-east.
Mrs Sullivan lectured at Aberdeen University where she taught English to foreign students, retiring about a decade ago.
Latterly, she cared for her husband following his diagnosis.
Mrs Sullivan was an engaged member of the community council and played a key role in the recent twinning project with the French town Acheres, even accommodating one of the delegates in her house.
She also played a big part in organising the New Year’s Day Nippy Dip.
Phil Mills Bishop was chairman of the community council when she joined and is the current head of the twinning group.
He said: “She was always so helpful and extremely supportive – one of those great community minded people who didn’t ever want any recognition for her actions.
“I just saw her at the weekend and she had been hosting one of the French delegates from Acheres. We will all miss her terribly.”
TRACK WORK RIDER TRAGICALLY PASSES AWAY
A trackwork rider injured at Sha Tin on Tuesday has tragically passed away in hospital.
Mok Chun-wa was trotting a horse in the sand yard of its trainer’s compound when the horse became unsettled and fell, resulting in Mok Chun-wa being dislodged.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club have released a statement on Mok Chun-wa’s de
ath, extending their deepest sympathies to the family of the fallen rider.
“The Club will provide immediate financial aid and longer-term financial support for his wife and his children’s education. Counselling services have also been arranged for Mr Mok’s family and co-workers if needed,” the statement read.
“The Club is aware of the concerns raised by some of its staff after the accident.
“While the horse training arrangements at the Club’s racecourses conform to international practice, and although activities are limited due to the tracks being closed for renovation during part of the off-season, the Club immediately arranged standby ambulance services in the stables compound commencing this morning to address such concerns.
“Such arrangements will continue to be in place during the off-season pending the Club’s review of the circumstances relating to the accident and whether there is a need for any long term measures.”
The HKJC also reported that Mok Chun-wa’s family have decided to donate his organs to help others in need.
The dangers of repeated head injuries and concussions in professional sports like hockey and football has prompted a mainstream discussion, a scientific obsession and blockbuster films, but they are still widely misunderstood.
Concussion, a movie about Dr. Bennet Omalu, played by Will Smith, showcased the doctor’s discovery of the detrimental long-term health impacts of brain injury on NFL players.
From the deaths of Mike Webster and Derek Boogaard to bull rider Ty Pozzobon, the mental health implications have been made clear and yet those outside of these mainstream sports may not be aware of the danger.
A recent study is hoping to bring some new awareness to the potential danger in the world of equestrian sports.
The study, produced by Swedish insurance company Folksam, looked into the safety and effectiveness of a range of well-known and certified riding helmets.
Folksam tested 15 helmets on the Swedish market, all previously tested and approved to the CE standard, which means the energy absorption of the helmets was tested with a perpendicular impact to the helmet.
“This does not fully reflect the scenario in an equestrian accident,” Folksam wrote in its findings.
“In a fall from the horse or horse kick, the impact to the head will be oblique. The intention was to simulate this in the tests since it is known that angular acceleration is the dominating cause of brain injuries.”
Its independent study showed only three of the helmets tested offered protection from side impact falls – known as oblique impact, which best simulates actual riding and handling accidents.
The test determined three helmets earned Folksam’s Best Award in Best Choice or Good Choice. The Back on Track EQ3 Lynx, Back on Track EQ3 and Charles Owen Ayr8 Leather Look.
The highest grade helmet – the grade 5 Lynx – met the legal requirements and performed 30 per cent better than the average helmet.
The other two received a grade 4, which meant the helmet met the legal requirements, was better than average and provides good protection.
It found the two helmets with MIPS technology provided “extra good” protection as they counteract the rotation violence – something researchers say the brain is sensitive to.
The study found many of the certified helmets did not meet the standard required to protect the brain on impact and yet those helmets are widely sold and sought after in the equestrian world.
3 MARES AND FOAL DIE IN HORSE TRAILER FIRE
Three mares and their accompanying foals died Tuesday in a van that caught fire in an accident on the way from Kentucky to New York, Sequel Stallions New York announced Tuesday afternoon. Among the horses who died were Red Diamond Stables’s La Java (Medaglia d’Oro) and her colt by Constitution; Starship Stables’s Starship Voodoo (Roar) and her colt by Macho Uno; and Sequel’s own Southern Sunshine (High Cotton) and her filly by Orb.
“These were not just any mares, as they were foremost in our hearts,” read a post on Sequel New York’s website. “We send our condolences to all the connections that are sharing in this loss.”
PROTESTS OVER SENTENCE
State animal rights advocates protested silently in front of the St. Landry Parish Courthouse on Thursday with signs that questioned the sentencing of an Opelousas man in connection with his 2017 felony animal cruelty charge involving a former thoroughbred racehorse.
Jeff Dawson, who represented the Louisiana Humane Society, said the District Attorney’s Office and State District Judge Alonzo Harris did not go far enough in imposing a more severe sentence for Jermaine Doucet Jr., who pleaded guilty to the cruelty charges last week.
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The 15 protesters — many of whom said they were from St. Landry Parish — walked in front of the courthouse with large color photos of Dr. Drip, who was seized in Opelousas by parish animal control officials last year due to the horse’s physical condition.
Those photographs depicted a skinny horse whose bones were protruding along his back.
A few of the signs proclaimed “Demand Justice For All” and “No More Animal Abuse.”
Dawson said the group also plans on sending letters to the DA’s Office and Harris, professing their opposition to the sentencing and the handling of the case.
Animal control officials made the decision to euthanize Dr. Drip the day after they seized the horse due to his emaciated condition, which included extreme malnutrition.
Their medical assessment of Dr. Drip, performed by a veterinarian, also included evidence of having battery acid poured on his back in addition to a colony of maggots that had assembled on parts of his body and were eating through the flesh.
A memorial service was conducted for the horse at the animal control shelter in Opelousas days after being euthanized and brought to the parish solid waste landfill.
Dawson said the animal rights community both statewide and nationwide were outraged by Harris’ sentencing last week, which included no fine or jail sentence for Doucet.
The DA’s Office or prosecutor Glen Marcantel who handled Doucet’s prosecution did not respond to inquiries made by the Louisiana Humane Society during the months before Doucet’s sentencing last Tuesday.
“The DA accepted the plea (from Doucet), agreed to the sentencing from the judge and signed off on it,” Dawson said.
“This whole case is a setback for people who care about animals. After hearing about this case and then the sentence for the person charged, we have a nation that is horrified.”
Doucet, as part of his plea, agreed to pay $25 for the cost of his parole.
Dawson said the maximum state sentencing range for aggravated felony animal neglect is one to 10 years.
Fines for the same charge could cost a defendant anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000.
“That just underlines the whole outrage. There was no restitution, no community service — nothing,” Dawson said.
District Attorney Earl Taylor said in a telephone interview Thursday morning that his prosecutors who handled the Doucet case did their jobs.
“We charged (Doucet) with aggravated felony cruelty, and he pled,” Taylor said. “I don’t know what the judges are going to do when they sentence someone.
“The man pled, and the judge sentenced him. I feel we did our job and the judge did his. I don’t know what more we could do.”