While I was basically phoning in the Sunday’s PSA blog, I actually did take the time to dig around online about Holy Mother Theresa Manzella. That kind of thing is never fun as I always end up feeling nauseated and pissed that such a vile creature exists and has the unmitigated gall to call herself a christian. I did happen to stumble across one thing that irritated me more than most of the propaganda she spews everywhere. It was this radio interview back in January: http://www.rodeoattitude.com/facesofag/2012/01/20/theresa-manzella-brings-up-good-point-on-chester-county-horse-trader/ It’s not all that long if you can bypass the first few minutes of the interviewer wetting his pants over her picture. I felt a bit unclean after listening to that part for sure. At any rate, I felt this deserved a blog all of its own due to the absurdity of it all.
Some of you may recall the case of Kelsey Lefever that came to a head back in January of this year. The short version is that this evil cow ended up being charged with five counts of fraud after it was discovered that she had posed as a trainer at Penn National Race Course and got horses on the cheap or often free from race trainers and owners. She did this under the pretense of training and rehabbing these retired racehorses to place in new homes. What she actually did was send them up to Canada for slaughter. Most trainers actually just gave her the horses so they could have good homes and some even subsidized the horses, giving her cash and feed for the horse’s upkeep while she was retraining them. She laughed and gloated to her friends when trainers would ask after their horses and told a friend “Those crazy people don’t have to look for their horse anymore because he is in a box in a freezer”. Pretty horrible stuff, wouldn’t you agree? She said far worse…..http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/kelsey-lefever-every-one-of-them-is-dead/
So what does this have to do with Manzella? Well, our favorite faux christian went on this little radio show to talk about this case. You would think that any horse lover would be horrified by what this person did. Not, Holy Mother Theresa. First she waffled a bit about where she stood on the whole issue. Then, just like the twatwaffle she is, she basically started talking out her ass about things she even admitted she knows nothing about. Instead she used this all to push her and Slaughterhouse Sue’s agenda. She starts spouting off about Thoroughbreds and says that people who own them don’t have the same choices because of different racetracks ban the sale of TBs for slaughter and impose sanctions on people who do it. According to her, the Thoroughbred `Industry’ has taken away the rights of its owners to send their horses for `harvest’ . Then, she suggests that Lefever may be a fall-guy for trainers that really wanted to slaughter their horses but couldn’t due to the zero tolerance policy enforced at most tracks. If you happen to read the linked article above, you should have no doubt how devastated the owners of Beau Jaques were about his fate. Oh and btw, Theresa blames the Thoroughbred Industry for being the driving force behind getting slaughter banned. Clearly, Mother Theresa didn’t bother to educate herself before shitting all over the race industry.
All of this is quite bad enough, but since Mother Theresa loves to hear herself talk almost as much as she loves slaughter, she goes on to further put out blatant misinformation out on the airwaves. According to her, it costs 33% to 50% or more to feed and care for a retired Thoroughbred because they are `hot blooded’. She even says that they can look neglected even though they are well fed. Can this woman possibly be any more ignorant? I work with Thoroughbreds, I have retired my own off the track and I can tell you that she is 100% full of shit on everything she said in this interview. Once they are let down, they cost exactly the same to feed as any other full sized horse. They also make great ranch horses, trail horses or anything else you want to do with them, and yes, they can also become fat lazy bastards if given half a chance as well. Theresa needs to STFU about things she has no clue about.
Now, let’s talk about facts around all of this. The Thoroughbred Industry as a whole is anti-slaughter. Yes, certain tracks have imposed sanctions due to some unscrupulous turds, but there are always rotten apples in every bunch. As a whole, most breeders, owners and trainers are decidedly `anti’. No other breed has so many rescues dedicated exclusively to them that are supported by the horsemen in the industry. Owners like the Mosses, who had a little horse by the name of Zenyatta, endlessly fundraise and support rescue and rehab programs for TBs. Trainer Nick Zito and his wife put notes on the papers of his horses so that they won’t end up in slaughter. They are actively involved with rescues and have stepped up in the past when one of their former racehorses is in need. Adena Springs now has an entire retirement division added to their empire. These are just a few examples of the many industry leaders who do their part to keep TBs out of slaughter houses and neglect situations. Theresa can shut her gaping maw about owner’s having their rights taken away in the TB Industry. The overwhelming majority of `us’ in the TB Industry truly appreciate the animals that allow us to make our living and we honor them. We do not feel that slaughter and consumption is appropriate, hence all the elaborate memorials and horse cemeteries on many TB farms.
How Lefever likely ended up with up to 120 thoroughbreds she sent to death is quite simple. Many trainers at the tracks have their people they deal with when horse can no longer race. We had a few polo connections and a lady that rode hunter/jumpers. We WANT our horses to go on to new careers and be well cared for. I can easily see this young girl coming around and sweet talking these trainers. We work on an honor system on the backside and it probably wouldn’t occur to most of them that one person could be so evil. I know at the end of every race meet lots of people come to look at horses that are being retired or not cutting it as racehorses. Who could ever guess that one person could be so evil? As for Holy Mother Theresa Manzella, I’m perfectly fine with this ill-informed asswipe believing her own lies if it keeps the likes of her well away from the TB Industry. I am NOT ok with her spewing outright lies to the general public about things she has no clue about. Theresa Manzella, you have been weighed, you have been measured and you have been found wanting….