I’m cranky again. I freely admit it. You would think I would know better than to get irritated or even all that surprised by the outright lies that PSAs tell by now. I think I’m mostly pissed off because I am really tired about discussing what I’m about to. It depresses me. I’m going to talk about being an asstard and sending your crippled horse on a 3o hr truck ride to slaughter and also being just a great big fat liar about why you did it. You would think the least thing these people could do would be to own their evil if they are so certain that slaughter is the answer.
By now the regular readers all know about the saga of the PSA horse called `Montana’. The poor thing first came onto our radar when his owner made this post on a Facebook site “So its official, I am going to bute my horse for the first time. Too bad I am “ruining” his meat for later especially since he is in pain and will eventually be put down….” Sadly we all know how things ended for the poor horse when she went off on everybody because she was `forced’ to send him on a 3o hr truck ride for slaughter in Canada. Of course, this was after she had voiced the romantic notion of delivering him herself and being with him when they shot him in the face several times. That all went out the window when it became obvious it was going to eat into her profit margin.
Naturally, because good ole NT likes to label herself as `pro-agriculture’ and pretty much anti-kindness, she has taken up for this horrible excuse for a horse owner. Remember that this person has repeatedly stated the horse had ringbone and went downhill super fast. That’s not how ringbone usually works, but whatever. Now she says the horse was `injured’ by a metal post 3 yrs ago. The new story is he was off and on lame for the past three years and took a very bad turn for the worse. Nowhere does this owner ever mention that this horse was seen by a vet. It would appear her farrier, who I’m just going to come right and say is a moron if she is accurately reporting what he said, did all the diagnostics on the horse. She is also now saying that she NEVER gave the horse Bute because she didn’t want to mask his pain and hurt him worse. Clearly this person has no business owning horses if she thinks Bute will do anything other than decrease the inflammation and make the horse more comfortable. It’s not a nerve block or anything. She could have given the horse a cortisone injection or even dexamethasone to make him more comfortable too. You can read up on ringbone here:
You pretty much need a vet and a set of x-rays to accurately diagnose ringbone. It’s more of an arthritic condition that worsens over time. We had an old ranch horse that ended up with ringbone in her later years. She was kept very comfortable well into her late 20’s and lived quite happily with the little kids brushing on her and loving on her. Anyhow, our PSA says that finally an abscess developed `around the coffin joint’ (again going on the farrier’s opinion rather than a set of film) and blew out the coronet band. The horse was horribly lame. Of course he was. I’ve had horses get an abscess and they act like they broke their leg. However, that lasts about a day until you soak and drain the thing and relieve the pressure. Have you ever had a sliver under your nail? Probably feels about the same. The PSA makes NO mention of soaking this horse’s feet or doing anything to make him comfortable other than to phone the kill buyer. We had a horse in our barn that did not have ringbone that ended up with abscesses in three feet at the same time. She came in with horrible feet. With soaking, poultice bandaging and antibiotics, she was running around within the week. Of course we had to keep her feet bandaged and treated until she closed up, but she was treatable and went onto be a happy, sound horse. It just took some actual effort on our part to fix things. The PSA also never gave this horse any sort of pain meds to make him more comfortable. She was in such a panic to `not waste his meat’ that she made him suffer needlessly.
The story gets far worse than we even knew. Thanks to Naughty Tobiano for filling in the gaps. The PSA likened Montana’s pain level to `walking on a razor blade’ so she waited three days to have the kill buyer to come and pick him up. From there, the poor thing got to go on a trailer ride from Minnesota to Michigan and be `held’ for three days. The great news was he was `approved’ for human consumption. From there he began his 30 hr trailer ride to the slaughter facility in Canada, likely Fort McLeod, AB, where he may or may not have been killed right away. He was by his owner’s account extremely sore and was never given anything to ease his pain. This is beyond cruel, it is outright barbaric and bordering on criminal cruelty.
Sadly, we are just getting started on the lies. We are supposed to feel sorry for this evil sicko because she has three kids with twins on the way and nobody has a job in her family or something like that. Too bad I don’t have the sympathy gene for people that make shitty choices and abuse animals. She goes onto telling us what great care the kill buyer takes with his animals and how happy she knows the horse’s end was quick. Quick????? He was shipped to another state, held for three days and then crammed onto a load of other horses and shipped 30 hrs while he was so sore he was `walking on razor blades’. How is that quick and painless? She said they are not allowed to bury horses in her Minnesota and she didn’t want to go to jail for doing so. She is a great big fat liar. (http://www1.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/horse/care/humane-options-for-unwanted-horses/#carcass) She had several options to have him put down right at home with a bullet that wouldn’t have caused this animal pain and suffering. She’s one of these `contaminate the ground water’ asstards. She is also still crying about no slaughter in the US being the reason for this horse’s torture. I guess it doesn’t occur to her that Rockville, Mo or the plant in New Mexico would have been almost as long, if not longer, of a trailer ride for her poor horse. Of course we get the warm fuzzy that she bought two mini horses with her blood money and is going to train them to be service horses and even named one after Montana. Sadly, this PSA is closely associated with and fosters for a rescue that has an executive director that is also very pro-slaughter. What a nest of assholes there is up in that end of the world. Oh and the picture I originally was sent of her? She said it was one she didn’t know was taken. Yet another lie because it is one of an entire series. She seems to be looking right at the camera in others, so I’m not sure what the point in lying and saying your husband `snuck’ a picture of you is. I guess pathological liars just don’t know how to tell the truth.
I would love for this to be the last time I feel compelled to mention this asstard. I think she is profoundly cruel and stupid and people like her shouldn’t be allowed to own animals. There is nothing in her sob story that justifies what she did to a horse that she claims `meant everything’ to her. I have a very senior horse of my own. He is over 30 yrs old and he won’t be around forever. I’ve had him 29 years and he really is my everything. I am thankful for every single day he’s still here, happy and healthy, but I have also looked into some unpleasant things for when his time with us is up. I’m aware of my disposal options, what it costs and there is money set aside. He will never know the horror and torture that Montana did. For this person to say that she would go to jail if she buried her horse is just an ignorant lie. Even if she doesn’t have the land to bury him, a rendering company will come and pick up carcasses. It wasn’t a huge surprise to her the horse’s life was going to end. She was crying about it for at least a month before she actually signed his death warrant and took her blood money. Shame on her for not investigating a humane option for this animal she claimed to love so much. Every time this person comments about this, she just makes herself look worse and I wish she would just STFU. I’m sad for her horse and I know he deserved far better than he got from his person. Some actions are just not defensible. What’s with all the pointing fingers and excuses if you truly believe slaughter to be such a great and wonderful thing?
One last word to this PSA….Kill buyers LIE. Just like you do. No, they don’t test every carcass for meat and your horse may or may not have shipped right away. He may or may not have been killed right away. He told you what you wanted to hear. You were just stupid enough to buy it. Kill buying is NOT an honorable profession. Grow up.