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It’s been quite a week.  What else is there to even say?  Well, it turns out quite a bit.  It’s not quite time for that farewell post I’ve been dreaming about making, although at least I can finally see that day coming.  I’ve never been one to jump on bandwagons, so I’m going to go a different way today.  Y’all are getting your maintenance dose of drama on the various news sources, so I thought it might be appropriate to throw things back and talk about some of those horses and situations that brought us to where we are.   At least for me, they are the reason I got involved.


Remember Sara?  She was a purchase from back in July 2016.  I have to admit I wasn’t keeping close tabs on their Tuesday fuckery back then, so I’m not sure who she originally came from.  She had quite a few fans, both on their Facebook page and with the volunteers.  There was never really many updates on her other than maybe a camera passed by her during a live feed or something.  People asked after her from time to time until, at one point that winter Manson casually mentioned her death.  At the time she claimed that Sara was found with `brain matter’ leaking out her nose and said that there would be a live feed with their vet to explain what happened.  That live feed never came and Manson never really mentioned Sara again.  We never really knew why this young mare had to be killed.


So, here you go. Straight from Manson herself, what actually happened with Sara.  She openly admits that she didn’t really have brain matter leaking out of her nose but a `bastard lung abscess that popped’.  Has anybody else noticed that Manson sure hates to say the word `strangles’ for somebody that thinks it’s no big deal?  I should note that this conversation took place in August of last year.  She clearly states that she has only ever sent one horse for necropsy, but doesn’t state which one that was.  I guess those of us that are still waiting for Boyer’s necropsy results or any of the others she promised, probably shouldn’t hold our breath.  That other thing that struck me is that Sara had been there at least 5 months when she died, so this obviously wasn’t something she picked up at auction, she contracted the disease at HiCaliber. I believe this was right around the time that Praline, Gertie, and Joplin all died due to Strangles as well.  RIP #saytheirnames


I know Thomas tugged at a lot of heartstrings when he showed up at HiCaliber from auction last year. Although he was lame, he was clearly in good body condition and had obviously been cared for.  Sadly for Thomas, he was also sore which is probably why he was at auction in the first place.  I’m sure the over 2 hour trip back to Valley Center, not counting Chik Fil A stops, didn’t help matters either.  Even though they raised over $1300 to `save’ him, Thomas was dead within a few days.  I know many of you recall Manson stating that he was sweating too much as one of the reasons she killed him.  She pretty much admits in the above screen shots that he wasn’t diagnosed by a real vet.  As always there is more to the story.


More lies from Manson.  That horse didn’t look anywhere near 30, but I’m sure in Manson’s mind it further justified killing him without giving him a chance.  I should add that Thomas was purchased at auction the same day as Cozetta and Jackson Max.  All of them are now dead and all them were shot in the face by Manson.  Since Mirage was brought up, let’s talk about her too.



If you recall Mirage,co was the mare with the fistula and Manson was completely obsessed with it and her vagina to the point she held several photo seshes with it.  A large amount of money was raised so that Mirage would have surgery to repair her fistula and that was supposed to happen in two stages.  Mirage only had the first surgery before being returned to HiCaliber where she was not fed as per protocol.  Rather than a mushy mash of soaked pellets,  there were mistakes made and Mirage succumbed to colic shortly after her first surgery.  You can read the details on this post.  What disturbed many people was the group pic with Mirage’s dead body complete with a guy cheezin for the camera.  Little did we know that group photo ops with dead bodies were going to become a thing in coming months.  Anyhow, now you know that the `official’ party line is that it was a beautiful moment and `Gus’ was just super happy to be a part of having his picture taken with a corpse, because really, who wouldn’t be?


I get a lot of requests in my inbox and sometimes inthe comments asking about how Chiefy is doing.  She’s the mare HiCaliber purchased at auction with an extremely convoluted back story that was quickly disproved.  You can refresh your memories here.  Shortly after she was stripped of her original name and drug back to the feed lot, she was kicked in the head and Manson did a little 30% vetting on her by stapling her head up.  That was pretty much one of the last updates on her until this past week.  As you can see, Chiefy isn’t exactly thriving at rescue.


As you can see from these pictures, horses aren’t the only things that are used for target practice at HiCaliber.  As threatened, the great coyote hunt happened, camouflage and all.  Apparently, the expert marksmen only managed to kill one, but no further word from Manson about marauding packs of coyotes, so I guess they can put that in the win column for now.


I thought I’d just drop this statement from Angrid in case any of you were thinking all those pictures I posted and other that are floating around social media are Strangles.  According to Angrid, the horses were either fighting or cut their jaws on fences.  I wonder when the last time Angrid was even at the ranch and I wonder if she went and saw her own horse right after without changing her clothes.  I wonder a lot of things lately though…



One of the frustrations about the situation at HiCaliber has been getting local agencies to step up and just do their jobs.  We’ve all heard about the conflict of interest that apparently prevents DAS and SDHS from doing their jobs.  Part of that conflict of interest is that board member Kat Tarnowski works for SDHS.  Many people have questioned how, as an ACO, she could possibly turn a blind eye to what is happening at HiCaliber.  I think these rather graphic pictures might clear that up.  Apparently, chopping up animals and having a dig around is just business as usual for her.  I realize it was part of her training.  I’ve had to be present for post mortems in college, but I most certainly didn’t feel the need to photograph them and post them on my social media.  Nice to know where those tax dollars go, huh?



I think by now we all know how Manson’s interviews went.  What was that she was saying a week ago?  She couldn’t wait for it all to come out because she had such a great connection?  Then there was her nice post about giving handjobs to all the reporters before the stories broke.  That’s always a great way to endear oneself to them.  What was super amusing was this private group strategizing about how to win him over.  We all know how THAT worked out…



Meanwhile, as the village grows restless,  Manson has lost access to her piggy bank  Paypal account.  I don’t take any delight in the fact that she runs that place so hand to mouth that she’s nearly out of hay.  $7000 is a pretty big number though.  I don’t think it has occurred to any of them that Manson doesn’t feel a need to go live when she can’t ask for money.  As soon as she’s allowed to openly grift again, I’m sure she’ll be back and making up for lost time.  Meanwhile, the money laundering openly continues.  It’s almost like people passed out shovels to all of them.

With all the goings on lately, I haven’t really had the time to sit down and sort out the auction stuff for a few weeks.  That’s still coming.  However, I did pull this clip which pretty much shows how manipulative and evil Manson is.  Because Manson managed to kill off two high profile horses in a very short time frame that must mean the haters snuck onto her property and slipped them something.  You know, because both Umbra and Johnny Cade were the very picture of health.  Actually, do you know what causes seizures in horses?  Starvation and organ failure does.  We all know Manson wasn’t following the refeeding protocol on Johnny Cade and we know that Umbra was getting no foal supplements because they were convinced Eclipse was producing milk to nourish her. Thankfully Manson reads this blog and has decided that even though she thought Eclipse produced enough milk for a 5 month old foal, she is not producing enough for a newborn so she won’t be trying that again.  I’m not sure that means little Emlyn is out of the woods just yet.  The last update showed them allowing her follow them around the barn yard where they have sick and quarantined horses walking around every day.


Well Rene, they aren’t lurking any more .  Happy now?



I’m going to keep this short and sweet.  I think many of us are drama’d out this past week.  I do want to thank everybody for keeping things sane here.  While everybody is losing their mind because some obscure news outlet picked up a story, you guys have kept your focus.  There is a lot going on and all this media attention could not have come at a worse time as far as that goes.  I’m sure that will surprise some people that I said that, but things will become much more clear in the next week.  Mr. Racino made some phone calls and got information that was available to each and every one of you.  Remember that.  He isn’t the one that made those things happen, he didn’t file the complaints and compile the information, it was several hard working people that aren’t in it for glory, but for those horses.  His interest is in breaking a story, not in what is best for those animals. The more drama he can whip up and drag this on, the better it is for ratings and if it puts current investigations at risk, he does not care.  For my part, I’ve given it all I’ve got.  I will see this through as long as the wheels set in motion are still turning.  After that there is no more.  For all those horses that have suffered, been exploited, killed for no reason and otherwise mistreated in the name of rescue, we’ve all given it our best.  Let’s hope it’s enough and that next week brings good news.  #saytheirnames

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So, is everybody ready to get back to business?  I’m not sure I am, but things are piling up again which means yet another heavy post.  I’d like to say I had a nice break but that really wasn’t the case either.  The fuckery continues and escalates no matter what, leaving me with more than usual to wrestle with.  As usual there is a so much deceit and grifting going on it’s kinda difficult to follow, but I’m going to do my best to lay it all out.  I’m not sure if the Manson Family are upping the ante or we’re just getting better at catching the grift.  I gotta say that even I was surprised at how low they sank these past few weeks.  I don’t think I can even get it all covered in one post so I’m going to do deal with general and run of the mill fuckery today and we’ll get to the bulk of the auction fuckery in the next one or so.  I hope that works for everybody because it’s time to settle in.  I have some tea to spill!


Even though I was only really away for a couple of days, the theories of where I was and why I was away were somewhat amusing.  None of them were based in fact or even all that exciting.  Seriously, I am the world’s worst sick person and there is nothing more to it than that. Man flu has nothing on me!  It doesn’t even really matter other than when you are wrong about something and don’t acknowledge that, then it’s kinda hurts whatever other facts you may have. In the interest of that, it seems the intel on the inaugural Manson Does Texas trip was slightly off.  Originally, it was said she went to some Mean Girls Conference and, I gotta admit, that never did feel 100% right unless she went as a specimen or a bad example.  It turns out that isn’t what she was doing when she went on that trip.  She was actually at the Lady Boss Weight Loss dealio as pictured above, and yes, that is Manson right there smiling for the group photo-op.  The other screenshots are from previous weight loss attempts that the donors all got to pay for as well.  Don’t get me wrong, I applaud anybody’s efforts to improve their health and fitness.  I do have a problem with grifting for it though.  I especially have an issue when you have to fly half way across the country to do some aerobics with the latest social media sensation when you could probably just get off your ass and do chores right where you live and have a total win/win situation that doesn’t break any laws and consist of lying to people on the internet.  Also, if people recall, Manson went on and on about that being her first trip to Texas and how much she loved it there.  That was then…

Flash forward to a few weeks ago and a few trips to the Lonestar state under her belt and, all of a sudden, we’re having `family emergencies’ there.  I’m not quite sure how that works, but I’ve been trying to manifest a family emergency somewhere tropical for myself but so far no luck.  Why is any of this relevant?  Normally it really wouldn’t be.  I don’t really care about how far she has to search for some peen and I also don’t really care when she lies to her team. They should be used to that by now.  What I do care about is the pattern of lying and that old six degrees of separation thing just kicking her square in the ass.  Manson just so happened to end up sitting next to some nice people who,  while originally unaware of her and who she was, were subjected to a flight full of lies and boasts.  To make matters even better, they happen to know more than a few people on the `hater’ side of things.  So yeah, Manson opened by introducing herself and who she is and proceeded to tell them how important she was and that there was even a blog about her. That’s when she showed them this blog.  (Welcome new haters, enjoy your stay.)  Manson also told them that she had booked the trip on a whim to `get away from it all’ after the haters had the FBI raid the ranch, which was also not true.  The FBI were not part of the little party at the ranch the other week.  As is often the case with people that love to hear themselves speak, Manson forgot what she had told them in the first part of the flight and later said she had booked her Texas trip a `long time ago’ when there was a $29 seat sale.  What are the odds she would know so far in advance that she would have a family emergency on that day?  Anyhow, y’all were curious about the airplane incident so that’s what I know other than that she was discussing vaginas in under 10 mins.   Moving right along…

I think I’m just going to drop these pictures of the general conditions at HiCaliber before we get into more specific updates.  These are all very recent pics and as you can see, it’s pretty crowded and dangerous there despite what Manson claims.   This is what happens when you have more horses you can properly care for.  Fences don’t get repaired, things don’t get noticed.  Call me a snob or whatever, but this kinda looks like a bad backyard that horses should be rescued from.

Umbra appears to be holding her own which is good to see.  There is some controversy over the whole lactating mare thing.  It happens, but I’m not sure whatever it is that Eclipse is producing is enough to sustain a growing and healing baby, so hopefully milk replacer is involved as well.  Regardless of what is being fed, Umbra seems to have replaced Magnum as far as who the majority of the village idiots ask after or seem concerned with.  I guess he outgrew his cute factor and isn’t sad enough to hold their attention right now.  Perhaps a crisis situation could be created to bump his algorithms or something.  I did notice he has some old wound or scar on his nose on the latest live feed so perhaps that could be blown well out of proportion for some sympathy dollars or something.

Since we’ve discussed Umbra, we should probably look right across the alleyway to Legacy.  In a recent live feed, we could see all the red tape in the stall across from Eclipse and Umbra.  No explanation was given but apparently that means `hard quarantine’ or something.  What hard quarantine is vs regular quarantine is anybody’s guess, but it doesn’t seem to be working.  Legacy is currently very sick and has burst out some abscesses under his jaw.  I’m pretty sure we’re still not allowed to call it what it is *cough*strangles*cough*, and I’m also not entirely sure wtf bandaging it is supposed to accomplish unless they are trying to drive that abscess internal and really mess him up.  This has been going on for well over a week and he was on IV support last I heard. I’m sure now that this is out in the open Manson will refuse to do any updates on him because she’s not your bitch and all. No word on whether or not he’s seen a real vet, but if he has, I want to know who would suggest bandaging a throat like that and make sure that vet never sets foot near one of my animals.

Remember Gigi?  She is the cute little black mare with the busted up knee and droopy eye they bought from one of their regular flippers back around mid January.  We haven’t really heard too much about Gigi since then other than she is relatively sound and `cute’.  The pictures are above are from the day they bought her in the parking lot at auction.  Wanna see how she’s doing barely a month later?  Of course you do!

These pics were taken of Gigi within the last week.  As you can see her filthy bandage is like a tourniquet on her leg now that it has slipped and her droopy eye goes unprotected or cleaned up.  I don’t really see where `rescue’ has happened for this horse.  She is not in as good of condition as she was when they purchased her a month ago and it’s not like she is living in paradise either.  I’m concerned for her, but I’m concerned for a lot of HiCaliber horses right now.

This brings us to Trish.  I’ve been back and forth about whether I should write about her or not.  I realize doing so is maybe going to hurt her chances at getting out of HiCaliber alive, but her chances of that have always been bad since being an adoption return.  Having said that, I think there is some information that is almost criminal to withhold and also to not reveal what is going on with this particular horse is setting her up for failure as well.  My only hope is that she can get out and land softly with somebody that has all the information.  That being said….

Trish is the little bay mare pictured above being used in Amanduh’s lesson program.  I’m not going to get into the WTFedness of the entire scenario  as far as lessons go, or that the children appear to be strapped to the tack, but just that Trish is being used and has been used for a while since being an adoption return last fall.  She did not last long at adoption, but the people who had her, took the time to get her properly vetted and made that report available to HiCaliber.  Please note the dates on the letter below.


Trish was returned as being neurological and deemed unsafe for use as a lesson horse. Since that time she has been used regularly for lessons and is now advertised as a light rider and previously a kid’s horse even though they were well aware of her issues.  She’s already a one time adoption return so I think it’s safe to say if she went out and came back again she’d be as good as dead as Manson will call her a hay burner.  I sincerely hope that posting this doesn’t place her at greater risk either.  We don’t know why she’s neurological but I can bet that no further diagnostics were done to find out they whys and hows of it either.  I guess I couldn’t live with myself if somebody got seriously hurt by adopting her and thinking everything was fine and I had information that proved otherwise.  I also would hate to think of kids learning to ride on an unsafe horse.  I really don’t know what the right thing to do with this is other than pray this little mare doesn’t pay for somebody else’s greed and ignorance.



If you recall, we put Diane on a milk carton back in December as she had dropped off the radar.  Part of the problem at HiCaliber lately is that horses just kinda disappear off the radar and the village idiots have been conditioned not to ask too may questions.  That’s why the milk carton horses when we can’t find out answers any other way.  Sadly, we got our answer for Diane and she was found dead in her pen sometime in December.  No cause of death has been made official and I haven’t seen anybody asking after her either.  This mare was a parking lot purchase from Salvador back in November. Emaciated at the time, I’m not sure if she ever did gain any weight or have a few good days.  Hopefully, she is at peace now.  RIP Diane.  #sayhername


Waco was a parking lot purchase a few weeks back.  I believe he came from Nacho but will have to update that in a bit.  He was clearly in a lot of pain but because Manson’s x ray eyes did not diagnose the severe rotation in his coffin bones, he was kept alive for some additional fundraising and parading around for the camera. There were all sorts of contradictions with him.  He was `thought’ to be a compassion pull, then he was one for sure and then Manson’s FUPA got involved and told her he didn’t want to die yet so they needed more money to actually do the xrays.  However, another horse had been immediately adopted so her responsible rescue fees were supposed to slide over to Waco, but they didn’t and then Manson had to go to Texas for her `family emergency’ that didn’t actually involve family or any other sort of emergency other than being horny.  All that added up to Amanduh getting the news that this horse was in all kinds of pain and not fixable on a Friday.  Sadly for Waco, this meant he got to linger in pain for an extra few days until Manson came home and shot him in the face.  RIP Waco.  #sayhisname

Clancy also experienced death by Manson in recent weeks.  He was another Salvador special back in early January and never seemed to resonate with the village.  He was also said to be older so that, along with showing `significant’ lameness likely sealed his fate.  Seriously though, who gets on a horse to find out if it’s lame?  Wouldn’t most sane people figure that out first?  Wouldn’t an intake by a real vet include a cursory soundness exam?  Again, how was this horse rescued and what was his quality of life like since landing at HiCaliber?  RIP Clancy.  #sayhisname

Poor Mas. She almost made it out alive.  Her place was all secured at Prancing Pony Sanctuary and HiCaliber even had a post up begging for the hauling money.  What they didn’t tell people was that she was dead the same day by Manson’s hand. I wish I knew the reason why or what sense there is to make of any of this.  I know it wasn’t announced and kept very quiet for a few days.  It was only when somebody actually asked Prancing Pony that they admitted that Mas was dead and they were getting a replacement grey mare or something like that.  It’s hard to follow and especially so when Prancing Pony doesn’t seem to ever update HiCaliber horses they absorb into their program.  What we do know is that Mas came from Nacho and that Romney Faye had known about her for several months.  For whatever reason, she was not deemed worthy of `saving’ until it was too late for her.  RIP Mas.  #sayhername

Crackers has also recently been sent to the land of the blue tarps.  Again, I have no idea why.  She came with the usual convoluted back story about a poor old rancher that was about to get foreclosed on so he had nowhere to turn.  I forget whether the part of the rancher was played by Salvador or Nacho that week, but it was one of those guys and she came with a buddy they named `Salami’. For some reason the old rancher didn’t know the name of his own `beloved horses’ so it was up to Manson’s children to do the honors.  Crackers was cute and was seen on video following people around without a halter a few times.  Only a few weeks ago, they were bandaging some mysterious wound on her, but she was otherwise doing `great’ and people were even making adoption inquiries.  Now she’s dead.  RIP Crackers #sayhername

Probably not a huge surprise that Clarence was shot in the head recently.  He was in pretty bad shape and came through the regular flipper channels.  Once again the very people who mangled him were rewarded for his suffering with $200.  The difference is Clarence’s brand is really easily traceable with a direct connection to Salvador.

Clarence’s brand came from Rancho Caballero.  They are big into horse tripping and think bucking out weanlings is great sport.  The above pics are just a smattering of their social media activities.  They don’t try to hide what they do, they’re proud of it.  Do I think Clarence was a tripping horse?  No, they don’t brand those usually.  I think Clarence was sat on to trip quite a few and when they were done with him, they tossed him aside to suffer before HiCaliber created a market for their abuse.  These guys are friends of Salvador’s and participate in the same rodeos.  These people are the ones hurting these animals and HiCaliber and its village reward them for it.  Paying them finder’s fees is not helping the problem, it’s escalating it.  What true rescue or animal lover would ever protect people like this?  RIP Clarence.  #sayhisname


Blake is also another blue tarp victim in recent weeks.  As mentioned before, the other livestock being drug back to HiCaliber have a worse fatality rate than the equines and take up even less of the village idiots’ attention. Blake was brought in around the first of the month and said to have pneumonia.  We aren’t entirely sure if that was his deal as he was also leaking urine and we know that Dr. Talbot does not generally treat animals.  There has been a disturbing pattern of the 30% vet diagnosing these animals and giving them inappropriate treatments.  Mostly they do not survive.  They suffer too and as often as we can find out their fates, we’ll say their names too.  RIP Blake #sayhisname

Her name was Beatrice.  At least that’s what I’m told.  There was never a big announcement about it and her sad little life didn’t last long once she got into Manson’s clutches.  Such is the trend lately that horses are being brought in and euthanized before they barely get a name.  She was another flipper special and it is doubtful there was ever much intention of rehabbing her.  She obviously served somebody or many people well over the years and I find it sad her ending was staring at Manson in the face as she got blown away.  RIP Beatrice.  #sayhername


I have to admit this one disturbs me a bit more than usual.  Jackson Max was bought at auction back in July.  He was very thin and agitated in the intake video and Manson aged him somewhere around 10 years old if memory serves.  We didn’t hear a bunch about him before he popped up on their Greens and Ghouls event for $200 and sometime after that he either went to foster or training.  Again, I’m not entirely sure although he was brought back to the ranch recently and took up residence behind the `hard qt’ red tape in the barn.  As of this past weekend Jackson Max is dead.  The details on that are where it gets disturbing…


Tarp with a trail of congealed blood and manure after Jackson Max’s death

Jackson Max’s death upset quite a few people apparently.  Honesty, we don’t know which horse was the one that bled out by the tarps, but at least two died that day and he was one of them.  They usually go in twos so it could have been whoever else had to join him that weekend.  The amount of blood doesn’t exactly paint a picture of a `nearly no blood’ or peaceful death for me.  It certainly didn’t for the person that took the picture who was even more upset knowing who that blood probably belonged to.  Then we have the mention of deconning his stall and the picture of it (beside Legacy’s stall) with the red QT tape all over it.  Draw your own conclusions on that and remember the two foals are living in the same barn.  To make matters worse you have a volunteer that almost apologizes for being upset at the loss of this young horse.  I probably shouldn’t even feel sorry for this particular volunteer since she has been somewhat of a nuisance to this blog, but I get it.  She wants to believe in what she’s doing and now maybe, just maybe, this will be enough to wake her the fuck up or at least stop normalizing this type of behavior.  At the end of the day I just care about a young horse that by many accounts didn’t really need to die.  RIP Jackson Max #sayhisname

HC Death Clock countdown

Countdown clocks rather than names make more sense at HiCal these days…

I think that’s probably enough for one day.  We’re certainly not all caught up, not even on our deaths, but we’ve made a dent.  I actually thought taking a break, even if it was longer than planned, might calm the crazy down a bit.  If anything it’s escalated.  Manson seems to be completely losing her shit all over social media.  Some people on this side of the fence are joining her.  Auction is such a complete joke I’m still trying to figure out where to start with that post, but it’s coming very soon.  I also have a special treat post coming up soon too.  I was only gone a few days and there is a definite shift in the feel of things.  Of course, along with that comes the people wanting to force hands and play out their own agenda.  Human nature and all, and also not my problem.  I also know there are a lot of various threats getting thrown about in attempts to silence people.  I find that telling.  If all this is so wrong, if everything posted is just some personal agenda, then wouldn’t it be more productive and effective to bat it aside and dispute it with truth rather than attempt to threaten people into silence? Makes me wonder what exactly is being protected that we haven’t uncovered yet.  It certainly doesn’t motivate me to stop shining a light.  Thanks to everybody, especially our `moles’ ,  that continue to hang in there with us and fight the good fight.  There is light at the end of the tunnel and this time, it is not an oncoming train.  It’s not our job to defend the truth but only to set it free.  For that reason,  we stay the course.

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What a complete and utter shit show this past week has been. Actually, I think we passed shit show around about Tuesday and jumped square into clusterfuck.  In fact, we need a new word for this territory beyond clusterfuck that we have found ourselves in the past few days.  I don’t even know what that would be, but it’s certainly not anything an honest person would ever aspire to. Just when you think there is no level that The Manson Family won’t stoop to, they go and outdo themselves.   Such was the case this past week, not the least of which was a fallout from Fice-gate.  Seeing as that’s on so many people’s minds since the last post, I think that’s where I’m going to kick things off today. Pull up a chair and let’s do this thing…



For those of you that have been living in a vacuum this past week, you can refresh yourself on the death of Barbara by reading the previous post either by scrolling back or clicking this link.  Normal functioning human beings were sickened, saddened and disgusted at the condition and end of that young mare.  As you can see from the screen shots above, a few village idiots even stepped over the traces and had momentary independent outrage too.  In the videos embedded in the previous post, Manson even attempted some faux outrage about Barbara’s condition and pretended she didn’t know much about her history.  All that changed when it was revealed that Andrew Fice was not only the one who had turned the horse in, but was also the one that had hurt her.  Manson has since dug in her heels and attempted some damage control.  She continues to defend him and even went so far as to say that people should just be kind and take him under their wing and teach him properly.  You know, because he’s so pleasant and all when he isn’t inviting people to give him blowjobs and talking about putting it in a horse’s ass (see previous posts).  Who wouldn’t want to take somebody like that under their wing?  It figures a malignant personality like Manson would fail to understand why normal people don’t bother wasting their time on people like she and Fice and that’s even if either one of them had the least bit of natural ability with horses, which they do not.  That’s not the only thing Fice and Manson have in common either.  It would seem they both have this thing where they fuck up and hurt animals and it somehow ends up being the fault of the animal.


The above screen shots are a recent text conversation between Fice and a horseperson that has given him the benefit of the doubt in the past.  I’m not even sure those are the right words so much as this person was perhaps a bit more `open minded’ than some of the rest of us have been in the past aka somebody that has shown him kindness and actually could have taught him something had he bothered to listen or reach out from underneath Manson’s skirt.  I’m going to break it down into bite sized chunks for the sake of discussion. A few things stand out for me in this conversation not the least of which is Fice claiming that mare had only been in his possession for 12 hours before he knew he was in over his head?  That isn’t making a lot of sense for me considering his post about her and the two videos of him working with her and by my count he had her at least six weeks.  All that in 12 hours?  Other than being a little off, the mare certainly didn’t appear to be dangerous or anything other than forgiving.  Fice also blames the horse for costing him so much money to feed and it being her own fault for losing weight when he was giving her six whole flakes of alfalfa.  No mention of grain or anything that actually helps horses gain weight.  She got thrown some hay in the dirt and he wonders why she didn’t put on weight.  This horse was a Thoroughbred and they take a lot more fuel than your mature QH or mustang. I guess when Manson is your goto for all things horse, it’s no damn wonder Fice is such a trainwreck.   I also caught the mention that after 2 weeks, Fice still couldn’t pick up her feet, but if we are to believe his order of events he’d already ridden her by then.  Who would do that? Sounds to me like a rather large hole in the groundwork if you’re jumping on before you can do the most basic grooming and handling on a horse.


The purple writing was the person having the conversation with Fice and I thank them for their permission in posting these screen shots.  I know they were posted in a private group for a few people to see, but it was felt they deserved a wider audience.  I found it somewhat gratifying to know that the BLM is taking this whole thing with Fice seriously since the videos surfaced of his training methods on the mustangs a few months ago.  I’m not sure how they’ll feel about these latest developments with Barbara.  One thing I can assure Fice is that I won’t be forgetting his name as long as he’s abusing horses with his `methods’ and as long as he’s putting his shit out on social media I’m going to shine a light his way too.  I don’t really give a shit about the day he was born one way or another.  He needs to find a new job that has nothing to do with other living creatures right along side his mentor, Manson.



Oh, where to start on these ones?   How about the head wounds?  They are more apparent in the videos of her, but I can pretty much say that horses generally don’t lose the hide in the middle of their forehead or around their eyes from pulling back.  Funny how both Saban and Mercy came away from Fice’s with injuries around their left eyes too, both of which nearly cost them their lives had they not gotten out of HiCaliber.  Saban from nearly starving to death and having a walled off infection, Mercy from being blinded with a broken eye socket and ending up on the long list for euth.  Some of Barbara’s wounds may have been from her halter, but Fice is a super dumbass to have been tying her up in a rope halter to begin with, especially when he knew she pulled back.  Then we see the 30% diagnosis of `bone change’ with a ringbone thrown in for good measure.  BULLSHIT.  You can’t diagnose that stuff with a photograph and I don’t care if Dr. Talbot was on site the day she shot Barbara, we all know Manson wouldn’t have wasted the cash on the rads when she didn’t raise any money for the horse.  The picture proves nothing and horses her age don’t generally end up with ringbone.  This horse was BROKEN in ways we will never know and my thoughts are that Manson didn’t want to waste the money on finding out something she didn’t want to know anyhow.  What we do know is that mare was not foundered when Fice got her and that pastern was already like that when he was riding her because it was apparent in the pictures he posted of her when he first brought her back to his place (see previous post).

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Conversation between Manson and Fice

Then after Manson has had to shoot the mare in the face and complained about her condition twice on live video, she agrees to give Fice a reference to train somebody else’s horse.  This is the same person who states over and over how she wouldn’t let him train her own horses, but she’s going to give him a reference to do this to somebody else’s horse….AGAIN.   I guess I am somewhat horrified that there is a nest of gunsels where people think it’s ok to send horses to Fice to be `broken’ and that Manson’s reference would have any value at all.  If anything I would think it would be a red flag to run in the opposite direction.

As you can see, Romney Faye and Manson think the Fice situation is hilarious and even joke about sending him another horse.  I’m not sure why it even surprised me considering Manson found the Dr. Drip situation funny enough to joke about too.  I will say that with all their cuntiness in this video aside, whichever hater is sending text messages like that, if they even are, is not helping matters.  Threats are not cool and it doesn’t really lend itself to any credibility at all.  Please don’t do shit like that.  It’s not cool and it’s not funny.  Leave that up to the village idiots and Manson, who is apparently still going by `Michelle Kinechewa’ on Romney Faye’s contact list at least.  Moving right along…

ficearrest1 This isn’t ground breaking news either since everybody knows, but I figure I’ll just park it here with the other Fice stuff so we have all the pertinent screenshots together.  While Barbara was in his possession, Fice was in taken into custody and charged with assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm likely to cause great bodily injury or something like that.  It was on Christmas night actually, because what says Merry Christmas like a little festive beating?  I’m a 0% attorney but it would seem that some jail time is a distinct possibility given the fact that Fice has beaten up women in the past and gone to jail.  We’re not sure who he punched out this time but his favorite targets in the past have generally been women  The relevance to all this is that people who are physically violent towards other humans, especially women and children, usually got their start abusing animals.  It would appear that violence is a default for Fice and that’s not anybody that has any business being around animals in my opinion.  He especially has no business being around animals that have been abused in the past.  It might be worth reminding people that he still has at least two HiCaliber horses in his possession at this time.  Dylan and Rojas.  If you need a reminder at what their lives have been like with Fice, you can revisit these video links: Dylan being bucked out  and Rojas having a great time.  Do either of these two horses look like happy horses like Manson claims?


I guess we shouldn’t be all the surprised that Manson continues to defend and support Fice.  Despite what is given lip service and shown on live feeds, rough handling is part of the culture at HiCaliber.  Only the other day we were treated to Skeletor (screen shot above) exercising her personal horse, Luis, by snapping a whip in his face.  I’m probably not even the one to ask wtf she was trying to accomplish considering I don’t even own a whip.  Most of us can pretty much move a horse around with proper body positioning which apparently not a skill that a single person at HiCaliber has.  I’ve never needed a whip to lunge a horse or `put pressure’ on one either.  That aside, I have been hearing rumblings and finally was sent confirmation that Taylor has been working her way back into the fold at HiCaliber.  This is particularly alarming to me.  As some of you may recall, she was Manson’s Minime and paid medical director up until a few months ago.  Officially, she left to pursue a job at border patrol, but it was the general consensus that most of the red shirt crew were not comfortable with her returning.  According to numerous inside sources, she was extremely cruel to all the animals at HiCaliber which also might have something to do with her attempts to adopt Percy being blocked last summer.  Specifically there were incidents of her kicking and punching horses, hitting some with boots or other equipment, skipping bandage changes and meds on horses she didn’t like and suggesting anything and everything be added to the euth list whenever possible.  She was said to have always been happy when a horse she suggested ended up on the euth list.  Horses weren’t the only target of her dislike and even the smaller animals such as resident dogs did not escape her cruelty, a fact that Manson, Angrid, Skeletor, Kat the AC officer and pretty much all the board and crew were well aware of with some even voicing disgust.  Such is the force of Manson’s personality though, that they seem to be willing to set their personal values aside now that Manson’s pet monster  and Minime seems to making a tentative comeback.  Considering some of Manson’s personal animals were said to be the target of Taylor’s cruelty, I find it quite disturbing she’s around again.  The fact that so many red shirts that were witness to her behavior are biting their tongues rather than speak up for what is right, is just sad.  There must be a lot of booze and xanax flowing on that ranch for most of them to be able to sleep at night.  Just sayin…



Even though there was no auction last week, HiCaliber’s regular suppliers still came through to keep everybody on the giving schedule.  First up was Johnny Cade, the emaciated horse from Misner’s lot.  We’ll never know the true story behind the horse because neither Manson nor Romney Faye can tell the truth and they don’t bother to even get their stories straight with each other before firing up their lie holes.  As you can see from the video above, maybe he spent a few days at Misner’s or maybe not.  It’s fluid. Romney Faye went there to pick up a puppy for Amanduh and photograph ponies (more on that in a bit) and spied a money maker as far as sympathy donations go.  Because he’s going to cost more to feed, that meant that the village idiots had to come up with some extra $$ to get him safe.  I always wonder if they actually would walk away and leave a horse like that if the donations didn’t come through but then I remember that Manson will happily shoot a horse for much less so there is that.  Obviously Johnny Cade was acquired along with a little mini donk.  The pair of them were eventually picked up by Manson and taken to the Ontario auction parking lot to meet up with Salvador and his offerings for the day.  They had to make sure he has more money to buy his tripping horses apparently.


Manson was feeling extra salty and pissy once she got to the parking lot.  It also happened to be the same day the news about Fice being the one that surrendered Barbara broke, so it might have had something to do with that.  At any rate, there were two relatively healthy horses tied to the fence and then there was Salvador and his infamous red trailer full of atrocities.  One of the horses was Mucho Chrome who was in good shape and has been widely talked about and covered everywhere.  My main concern was Watson and Sylvia who were in horrible shape. Sylvia’s injuries were, yet again, consistent with having been tripped or at least front footed at some point and Watson was just a mess all over.  Funny, how Salvador always has animals with these types of injuries, no?

As usual, Manson dragged the horses around the parking lot a few times because she claimed a `vet was watching’ although she didn’t specify if was a 100% vet or a 30% one.  Apparently that was enough to seal the fate of both Sylvia and Watson because she diagnosed bone change and then claimed that Sylvia was squirting joint fluid for good measure and added dramatics.  Even though that wouldn’t probably even be possible, nobody thought to question her or maybe they just can’t be bothered anymore.  Manson also took the time to thank God and wax poetic about how awesome it feels to be the one that gets to shoot horses in the face.  Any question that I might have had about whether or not she enjoys killing horses was pretty much answered after that little speech, especially when she mentions looking them in the eye just before shooting them.

I just want to warn anybody that clicks the embedded video above that it’s not work safe.  It’s yet another foul-mouthed rant from Manson after somebody asked about shooting the horses or something.  If you listen through right to the end, she gives out the ranch address, invites the person up and threatens to shoot her.  It’s no biggie though because Manson only jokes around according to her, but everybody else is out to get her.

So, while all this wheeling and dealing was going on in the parking lot, Johnny Cade and the sick little mini donk were hanging out in Manson’s trailer.  The auction was closed so presumably they hadn’t had water offered to them since they had left Misner’s earlier in the day.  The temp was around 80 or a bit higher and Romney Faye had even commented on how hot it was on live feed.  Sadly, the little donkey did not survive her ordeal and died in the trailer, but at what point is not clear.  What we do know for sure is that at some point during the late afternoon, Manson took Sylvia and Watson off somewhere to be shot, leaving her with 4 horses and a donkey to try to drive over 2 hours back to HiCaliber.  Around 6pm, she was spotted back at Misner’s with at least one of the horses (Boone) tied to her trailer.  Not sure if that was to unload the donkey’s dead body or tranferJohnny Cade.  Manson also reported that he went down in the trailer and they had to find somebody else to bring him back to the ranch so he could lay down in transit.  Perhaps that was their good pal Bubba since that’s where all this horse shuffling went on.  In reality, it was just like their auction days other than they didn’t go through the charade of going into the sale ring.  The horses all came from their usual suppliers and everybody got their cut.

Once Johnny Cade was home, the donkey was disposed of and Salvador got his weekly allowance, it was time to move more horses for Bubba Misner.  Because nothing makes it rain money like a crisis situation, they created this `truck is coming’ type scenario to motivate people in cooperation with Baker Ranch who has also jumped aboard the Voldemort Express lately.  The problem is that as early as December 20th I had an email from a reader telling me that Misner’s  lot was more full than usual and many of the horses were minis.  As you can see from Bubba’s ad on December 27th he was or had recently been in Stephenville, Texas which just happens to be in the same general area as Morgan Mill where his sister and her husband, Clay Gravatt live.  Clay likes to deal horses from Bowie from what I’m told and lately that has extended to minis.  Another feature of these screen shots is the price mark up between what Bubba was asking on the 27th and what HiCaliber and Baker were asking their people to pay this past week.  The other important point is that they make mention on how sick these animals are and Manson even went so far as to mention the lot they were coming off had strangles.  Yes, that would be the same lot that Johnny Cade came from and the dead donkey.  They were both in the trailer with the horses from Salvador, including Mucho Chrome.  As was shown on live feed, Chrome was turned loose in the same arena Baby Magnum is turned out in and we actually saw Manson halter him up, and Skeletor bring her own horse in the same arena right after.  Apparently keeping a tray of bleach in the barn is going to prevent bugs from spreading and we’re all supposed to pretend we don’t hear the endless hacking in the background of their live feeds lately.

It seems like Salvador was overachieving this week because he wasn’t done dumping horses on the village yet.  This one was slower to tug at the heart-strings for some reason and HiCaliber is declaring him safe but playing coy with where he is.  I’m not entirely sure that we’ll ever hear about him again or if he even gets a name.  Now we hear there are other skinnies that need rescuing but I’m pretty sure they’ll show up at auction today.  I can’t wait to hear their back stories!  Will they be from a sad old rancher?  The teenage girl whose family is breaking up?  Maybe they’ll come up with some new stories for the new year.  I hope Manson googles up some new diagnostics other than ringbone, bone change and neuro while she’s at it.


Isn’t that a whole bunch of screen shots?  Ha!  They’re a great read though.  Think of it as a mini guest post.  This is one former HiCaliber supporter’s experience with their adoption process and a bait n switch.  It was decided to blank the names of the horses involved out to minimize threats and retaliation from the Manson family.  Not everybody is prepared or willing to allow that level of crazy into their lives and I respect that.  What is important is the complete and utter incompetence of the adoption team and `trainers’.  Even though some members of the adoption team have changed recently, I’ve since learned that Manson and Amanduh habitually interfere with adoptions and aren’t always all that motivated to allow `lesson’ or their trail horses to go easily.  In other cases, and I’ve heard this from many different sources, their horses are grossly overpriced.  It seems like for a self-proclaimed business woman, Manson kinda lets’ herself get upside down financially with these animals.  There comes a point where you’re never going to get out what you put into them from anybody, but at HiCaliber the depreciation tends to happen quicker.  Horses get hurt and lose condition at an alarming rate there, they drop dead more than is normal, and then you have the issue of them being mishandled.  I would think they would want to let horses move on as soon as possible.  I probably shouldn’t waste my time applying common sense to their situation though.


I think the screenshots above speak for themselves.  Manson’s statements about being a successful trainer and fixing horses just dropped my jaw.   I seriously know of no other successful trainer that habitually shoots horses for being `behavioral’ or even at all and her hang up about bits is knee slapping funny.  I guess I liken it to those Sunday Christians that feel that just because they spend an hour or two in church on Sunday, they can spend the rest of the week being a hateful shit weasel.  Manson thinks that not putting a bit in a horse’s mouth cancels out all the abuse and neglect horses suffer at her hands or with her blessing.  You know, because a bit in soft hands is far worse than ill fitting tack with a too large and uneducated rider and a rope halter.  Don’t even get me started on the lesson screen shot.  What passes for horsemanship at the HiCaliber feed lot offends me to my very core, but the fact that they are so delusional they feel they must `teach’ takes it to a whole other level.


Am I the only one that has sprained their eyeballs from rolling them every time Manson discusses the miracle of Barry Boi?  I knew she didn’t really know shit about horses and even less about lameness, but even this crap kinda surprises me.  A few weeks ago, she was all ready to shoot Barry Boi in the face because of his `old fracture’.  Then her spawn falls in love and, all of a sudden Barry Boi is thriving and a miracle.  Or is he?  He’s actually normal.  Older arthritic horses do better when they can move around.  Normally HiCaliber inmates stand in crowded pens and don’t get much chance to move around at all.  That was Barry Boi’s case before the kid took an interest.  Horses get depressed just like people and I’m sure standing in a tiny pen full of shit and getting eaten alive by flies with no interaction at all would be a bit depressing.  So yes, on some level, the kid saved his life by taking an interest, but Barry Boi is no different from countless other horses standing in those pens that will never get that chance.  So many of their horses get progressively worse and more stove up from lack or exercise and attention with the only way out being under the blue tarp.  How many in the last month alone?  The one thing I do worry about with Barry Boi is that Manson has no clue that masking pain completely is not always a great thing.  I cringe watching them trot him on the pavement from the golf cart.  The horse is not 100% sound and he’s going to be a very sore horse should he come off the meds or the kid loses interest and stops exercising him regularly.  However this ends, I’m sure it will bring in a lot of donations and sympathy which is probably what Manson counted on all along.


This brings us nicely into our Tuesday grift fest.  If I was a betting person, I’d put a little money that those `skinnies’ we keep hearing about will miraculously show up at auction today.  Salvador will drag in more wrecks that he created and Misner will haul in some disease off his lot, all of which will end back at HiCaliber at some point.  They are now at the point where horses are moving in and out so fast that the village idiots can’t keep up.  That mare that was tied to the fence last week still hasn’t gotten a name, nor has the one-eyed palomino stud that was last seen in Salvador’s trailer.  That horse never even made it back to the ranch nor will he probably ever.  It’s craziness and none of this is a horses first situation.  Salvador isn’t out gathering up those horses.  He’s the one that hurts them that badly and Manson is making money off their suffering.  Apparently somewhere in the neighborhood of $85k a month if she is to be believed.  Even with her hoard, that’s a lot of money considering she had to beg for body removal money last week when she went on another killing rampage and can’t seem to refund adoption fees without bouncing those payments either.  Where is it all going?  I’m telling you, if Manson were a horse and belonged to me, she would be spending some serious time in a roundpen every day until she got a grip. All joking aside though, I’m tired and I know many of you are too.  It seems like every week the lies get bigger and the cons more numerous.  I choose to look at it as a things coming to a head and this will all fall in sooner, rather than later.  Until that time, we’ll keep that light shining and try to do the next right thing.  #saytheirnames #hisnamewaswatson #hernamewassylvia #littledonk



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My, my, where to start today?  Just when I think I have everything current and caught up and maybe, just maybe, the HiCaliber Shit Show will simmer down for a bit, they say `Hold my Fireball’ and sink to new levels of fuckery. Actually, I think we blew past fuckery a few days ago and we’re breaking new ground now.  I need a new word.  Between the `Freedom Walk’ for the first 12 horses to arrive, a glorious meltdown on Charles Manson Michelle’s part, we have an amazing piece of fiction posted by the Cryer in Chief, Romney.  I figured I’d just get this stuff out of the way before the next batch of horses complete their journey out of the frying pan and into the fire.


HiCaliber Savannah

So, as mentioned above, the first 12 horses from Louisiana arrived in southern California in the wee hours of Friday morning.  Because the rig couldn’t negotiate the drive way at HiCaliber, the horses had to be offloaded in a parking lot nearby and reloaded onto smaller rigs, one of which belonged to Michelle.  That’s important because she took the opportunity to bitch about her truck some more and tell us how using it for HiCaliber business has ruined it so now she needs a new one.  She needs it for the rescue, of course, but it will belong to her.   This is usually how she manifests things she wants.  Whine about something and then say it’s for the rescue and whatever it is usually becomes hers within weeks.  I’m sure the dollars involved in this latest stunt were going to go a long ways towards making that new truck appear before people started asking questions and wanting some accountability.


No Burns!

Miraculously, all horses arrived alive, despite hauling straight through from Louisiana and being onboard for 28 or more hours.  It was probably closer to 30 by the time they started to unload.  They left before the sun went down in Louisiana on Wednesday and arrived at HiCaliber between 3 and 4AM on Friday morning.  A very long trip for some pretty fragile horses.  Lucky for them, they were in good hands until reaching California.


Practicing Biosecurity HiCaliber Style

Now, I ‘m not sure how many readers here have had the occasion to ship horses long distances, but I have both as a driver and as the person that kissed them on the nose and then met them at the final destination.  Always, always, always, there was some preparation to ensure they arrived healthy and I’m talking about horses in peak condition.  Little things like electrolytes before, during and after.  Soaking their hay en route and letting them get their heads down to rest.  Feeding a bit of oil before and after to keep things moving a bit.  Usually after a long haul, we walk them out and get them drinking for a bit and then just let them settle.  I guess I should have consulted Michelle at HiCaliber, because she has recently informed us she knows 30% of what any vet knows and decided to do the intakes on these 12 horses herself. This meant that these poor horses, a few of which literally staggered off that rig, had to stand around tied up in the barn area for upwards of FOUR HOURS after they had just traveled for over 30 hours.  They were offered water, but otherwise had to stand around while Michelle played vet and appeared to do everything within her power to ensure they would end up with colic.  This included dicking around measuring them, putting a weight tape on them and fiddle farting with her stethoscope.  For some reason only some got Exceed.  Maybe that was only for the ones that coughed the loudest or something.  I dont’ know, but she was muttering something about not having enough.  Apparently it was a surprise to her that these horses were coming or something.  Then, in an astonishing display of ignorance, she blammed them all with dewormer and many, if not all with banamine.    I guess she also wanted to mask any symptom of a gut ache when those worm loads started moving, so they are in serious trouble by the time the pain killers wear off.  Just to make sure she sedated a few because they weren’t all lethargic enough.  WTF?  I know of no vet or horse person for that matter, that would deworm a horse in such fragile health immediately after such a long haul.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  That poor little cribber mare she purchased last Tuesday got the Michelle intake treatment and here are her before and after pictures.  This horse only came off Misner’s lot on Tuesday and is a skeleton by Thursday.  Obviously a very sick and dehydrated horse presumably sharing a quarantine area with a bunch of other very sick horses.   I’m not sure how you could see a horse fail that quick and not be alarmed, but business as usual for HiCaliber.

After all the hype about these 2O OTTBs that became not OTTBs and mostly not even TBs, obviously a lot of people tuned in for the live feed of their arrival.  Based on things that various members of the HiCaliber crew had said before and because they were still operating under the assumption that HiCaliber actually practice transparency rather than just pay lip service to it, there were questions as it was all unfolding.  There were questions about the length of time the horses were on the trailer and why they had not had a layover.  There were questions about biosecurity measures being taken as many of these horses had deep coughs and were leaking some pretty green snot from their eyes and noses.  Couple that with how lethargic they all were (also symptoms of shipping fever, which can occur in much less than the magic 34 hours Michelle ranted about), and that they had come off a large feed lot of disease on the other side of the country, these were valid questions.  Afterall, they were standing tied right outside the barn and two of the more fragile ones were given box stalls in the barn with other HiCaliber horses.  Michelle was overheard saying that it was ok because there was no nose to nose contact.  I guess the minimum 30 feet for proper quarantine against airborne bugs isn’t a thing in southern California, but she does have her magical blood machine that apparently predicts the future or something.  That’s not even counting her tromping around in Ugg boots that are perfect hosts for germs and nearly impossible to disinfect.    When people starting asking about the length of the haul and why no layover, Michelle lost her shit in the most glorious of meltdowns.  It was a three parter actually and it was as f-bomb, poor me, and no accountability laden as anything I’ve seen spew out of her lying lie hole to date.  Anybody that dared to ask a question was singled out as a hater and told that the HiCaliber Facebook page was her safe space and that she wasn’t having it.  So much for transparency!  The funny part is she was mostly pissed that people were asking why there were no layovers when they had been told there would be and she denied it.  Once again, the HiCaliber crew did not consult each other before lying.  Oh my!  LOL.


So, after this meltdown and the horses were finally allowed to rest, Michelle left to go hang upside down in her closet or do whatever it is that witches do in the daylight hours.  I think she mentioned something about getting her lashes done and hopefully her eyebrows drawn back on too, but I guess that’s her business.  The fun part was Romney took over the boss mare role and laid down an amazing work of fiction for the village to eat up and the rest of us to enjoy.  It’s been awhile since we had story time with Romney and I could almost imagine her slurping her wine, while breathing heavy and attempting to smise for the camera through her seven layers of mascara and kohl eyeliner.  Good times! Let’s break it down, shall we?

Well, at least it’s nice to see them embrace what this farce has been.  A scam.  It’s a start.  One of the HiCaliber go to deflections has always been to call anybody that dares question them or critique what they’re doing a `hater’.  I know Michelle has a whole decade of hanging out with horses but, believe it or not, some of us have a lifetime of being with horses and have actually paid the bills working with them without having to start gofundme accounts.  What a concept!  The first issue I have had with all of this from Jump Street, is referring to the original efforts as `OTTB20′.  They don’t even have 10 OTTBs and calling them `Argentinian’ doesn’t really count. It was always a marketting ploy.   Satan Tara, has long been known for making up breeds and back stories on horses depending on what she thinks a potential mark buyer wants to hear.  In this case, the players got played by a master.  The funny thing about these funds needed, is that they always end up as nice round numbers that end in 0 or 5 and there is rarely ever an invoice or receipt posted after the fact because it’s on to the next and they know the village idiots are easily distracted.  They also like to run everything through paypal so there is no grand total that their village can see.  It’s alway a take their word for it situation with these guys.  Calling this stunt a `rescue’ is a complete lie.  These horses, regardless of their condition. were purchased for very inflated prices from a horse trader.  They were never booked to go to slaughter.  Thompson’s lot has no contract and cannot ship to slaughter.  Their next stop out of there was not slaughter.  Period.


HiCaliber Floyd – shipped 1700 miles like this.

We do agree that this shit show began on May 11th, but Romney kinda glosses over things.  There was originally 16 alleged OTTBs offered for sale via Thompson’s Horse Lot and there was a picture shown of a horse with sores on her lip.  This got a lot of attention on social media and despite being asked to stand down and allow the local people to handle this so the person that did this to that horse could be held accountable, HiCaliber couldn’t resist the publicity and money skimming opportunity and got involved.  Suddenly, one or two horses became `many horrifically burned’ and abandoned by other rescues and OMG the truck was coming!!!  It also turned into 20 horses and we know the rest from a previous blog post. (The $40,000 Rescue Swindle )  The village raised over 40k, thought to be closer to 50k when all was said and done.  This was just for the first round of begging.



I guess Michelle is prescient because she knew about the additional 15 OTTBs on Monday when she asked for 30k on the Channel 10 News to rescue them. She had started feeling out the village idiots about going after them a day or two before. (Channel 10 News ) Jacob and Tara claimed they came in over the weekend, but it makes HiCaliber look less shady to say they showed up on Dump Your Horse Tuesday at the Thomspon Lot, so consider history rewritten in the Gospel According to Romney.  The only issue is that if they really had only come in on Tuesday, how could their blood have been drawn on Saturday like they claimed and vet work done because some of the group ended up on the first load out.  Something isn’t passing the smell test here and it’s not just the Thompson Lot.


Thompson’s Hell Hole

Really, it’s just a shit hole feed lot and not `THE NATIONS LARGEST FEED LOT’. Maybe they are the nation’s filthiest, but they’re not even the shadiest although not through lack of effort on Tara’s part.  I guess the exaggeration is for dramatic effect though, much like the crying and heavy breathing we are constantly subjected to.  Romney may think she was being compassionate for allowing the healthy and marketable horses to stay in Louisiana so that she could save ones that needed her more, but those of us familiar with Satan Tara’s antics, know exactly what went down.  She conned Romney into leaving the horses she could make some serious coin on and talked her into taking some that were in no shape to ship anywhere and, even if they did have a slaughter contract, weren’t worth a dime because they were so emaciated and sick.  Way to horse trade, Romney!  You just cleaned up their mess and paid for the privilege.


Really, nobody but the HiCaliber contingent was all the surprised that they didn’t end up with a truckload of burned lips and really only came home with one or two horses that had mouth ulcers.  The part about Kill Pen 10 being misprint is kind of a tough sell though.  They’ve edited the original gofraudme gofund me account several times, but they couldn’t seem to figure out how to edit it to Kill Pen 8 for accuracy?  It also gets awkward when they have another board member commenting and further confusing matters.  Don’t they have secret bat cave page where they can get their stories straight or something?


The 6k hauling bit is important, because as Michelle ranted about several times on Friday, they originally had a 10k donation towards hauling when they were still trying to tell people that all these horses they were bringing home were OTTBs.  One single donor, offered up the funds for one truck, but they neglected to tell the other people giving til it hurt this had happened.  Then, because karma is a bitch, apparently the donor was not amused with the bait and switch tactics and withdrew the funds for all but 2k as she did not want to support buying out or the kill pens.  Her interest was soley in getting OTTBs out of there.  Make of that what you will, but I can envision why this is making Michelle extra cranky today and it ain’t because the remaining horses have to haul cheap.



Did you catch that?  Shame on everybody for making them bring the horse with the alleged burned lip that started this all home.  Romney is learning to spin stories nearly as fast as SatanTara, but then again, she’s not new to the feedlot game either.  Notice how the cremello Michelle wanted just got absorbed into the group expense account as far as vetting, shoeing etc.  Apparently, I undershot the amount of horses Michelle personally owns and keeps at the rescue in my previous blog post.  This mare brings the total closer to 9 from what I have been told.  So, while Romney is shaming people for bringing the mare Zeva home, remember that there is something like 9 of Michelle’s personal horses taking up space and resources on the donor dollar and she’s not the only ranch resident keeping a horse for free there.  I guess it’s no biggie considering they keep bringing more and more horses in despite their lack of room so they never say `full’.


That’s right.  They are already brokering for Satan Tara and getting their kickbacks.  Kickbacks are awesome because they don’t have to account for them.  So, they get a cut on the three private purchases.  The private buyers are paying their own way and HiCaliber can even gouge them a bit for shipping and expenses.  Even better, they still got the village idiots to donate full price  for `responsible rescue’ ​on the horses they’re bringing home which leaves some good coin for the eyelash/Fireball fund.  No Romney, you don’t have 34 `rescues’ coming home, you have 34 horses you bought off a trader coming home and I have seen nobody question the numbers in the first trailer.  I think a lot of this is blowing smoke to deflect people from asking much about the third trailer which is rumored to be close to getting there and which nobody from HiCaliber wants to talk about.  I can’t say for sure other than what Bubba Misner was boasting about at Mike’s last weekend, which also indicates he knew all along there would be a full load coming home.  If that doesn’t pan out and come to pass, Jacob is advertising that he’s bringing a load HiCaliber’s way too, so I’m sure their new BFF can stuff any or all of the remaining HiCaliber horses on there and they can act surprised and paint either Jacob or Bubba as a great guy who saved the day.  I guess they really are transparent, because they are getting easier and easier to see through!



Ok folks.  I’m going to cut things off right here for now.  There are more details about the intakes, there are six more horses on the way and there are some other things that hit my inbox that probably need to be shared too, but they need to be vetted first.  I never really wanted to write a novel and I certainly don’t want to write one this weekend, so unless something other than the run of the mill shit show occurs let’s take a day or two and let all this marinate.  Remember that none of these horses ever asked to be exploited this way and they all deserve to live.  The sooner we can stop funding these feed lots and faux rescues, the sooner this all ends for horses.  There is a better way, but you have to take away the easy way before people will listen.  Let’s do that.   I’m going to leave you with a quote from Romney before she reverted back to her old ways.


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I guess I shouldn’t be surprised it has come to this.  While I rarely read the Petulant Pony blog, I must have had some masochistic tendencies today, because I did.  Apparently, we are now using make-believe animals to back up our arguments?  It would seem Mendy Tobiano has had a nerve pinched about having skinny horses because she is on another rant and this one makes even less sense than most of them.   Good ole NT doesn’t use just any movie horses,  she uses ones from over 50 years ago and paintings of other horses that have been dead for over 200 years.  Once again, I feel obligated to pick apart her idiocy and set the record straight.  God help me, this is getting tiresome.  I better not find out which one of you hurt her feelings this time, because I”m having to clean up the mess again 😦

“By all accounts, this may be the most famous Hollywood horse and he has triggered many a namesake (sorry, had to make the pun!!)  Take a look at this still from Trigger.  I am particularly looking at the loins and the thigh.  Now, look carefully at this animal’s barrel (go look at the diagram if you are confused).  I would damn near lay money down that if you were to have taken the saddle off that horse the minute after the pic was snapped, you would find rib”

Ok, so I used a picture without a rider on to show NT how stupid she is.  Trigger was half  THOROUGHBRED  for those that don’t know.  It is commonly thought he was a Tennessee Walker, but it was actually Trigger Jr. that was.  Trigger Sr.  was a stallion but he was NEVER bred.  My point with this is that due to the fact he is not a QH, he isn’t going to have the ass end or haunches of one either.  NT, may have to look up the term `haunches’ to understand what I’m saying because I think that’s what she calls thighs.  As far as his `loins’ go, those are covered up by his tack, so maybe she means his hip?  Who knows?  Clearly her mother never played `where’s your nose? where’s your toes?’ with her because she doesn’t know her body parts.  This is a perfectly healthy looking horse with all the bone coverage you would expect to see in one in good shape.  His coat has `bloom’ and he is nicely filled out and muscled.  She follows up with pictures of Silver, Scout and other movie favorites that have all been dead for over 5o years.  I’m still not really clear what the point of it all is when your horses look like this and you can’t see the difference….

The next thing NT uses in her pointless diatribe is a picture of a great big fat QH halter horse as what people think the `standard’ currently is.  Nobody I know thinks one of those HYPP monstrosities is what a horse should look like unless you are one of the horse eating douchebags on the AQHA executive.  To further drive home her point, she posts the following pictures calling them the finest horses in the US.

Ok, first I want to point out that the picture of Figure is a PAINTING.  It proves nothing because there are no photographs of the founding sire of the Morgan breed. Who knows what he really looked like or what shape he was in?  Maybe NT thinks all those old Currier and Ives paintings are what horses really looked like back then too?  Another picture is of Flicka and I’m not sure NT realizes Flicka was make-believe and probably played by at least four different horses in the movie.  She uses a painting of Ruffian, and I have no idea what that proves considering she DIED when she was barely three years old and never was anything other than race fit. God knows there are enough actual pictures of her floating around that she could have used.    All of these pictures are not the same as the dull coated, pencil neck waifs that NT calls `fit’.  NONE of these horses look like hers.

See the above two horses?  They both show about the same amount of rib but one is fit and one is thin.  NT won’t know the difference because she thinks ribs are ribs.  It seems to escape her that a horse in fitness maintains his muscle mass and won’t demonstrate a razor back.  They have muscle definition!  She also probably has no clue that you don’t just take a fit horse like the one above, and kick him out in a pasture when you are giving him time off.  You have to `let them down’ or they fall apart and look like skeletons in a very short time frame.  In fact, I bet she would crap her pants if she ever actually saw what a racehorse eats in a day. The likely get more grain in a single day than her entire hoard herd gets in a week.  You can’t have a horse as fit as the one above without pouring the coals to them and I don’t care what breed you are talking about.

Let’s try something different.  Since it’s not very likely that NT has ever had her hands on a race fit horse, let’s look at a couple of horses that are out of fitness and in full winter coat.   Of the above two horses, which one do you think is toothless and 31 years old?  I bet some of you thought the yellow horse, right?  It’s actually the top horse.  The top horse’s picture was taken in January of this year and he is a every day of 31 yrs old with the papers to prove it.  The bottom horse is 11 and this picture was allegedly taken in March.  That means there is 20 yrs difference in age between the two.  The black horse has a shiny coat and despite his extremely advanced age  and having NO teeth, still has a neck.  I’d like to see a bit more weight on him, but he’s looking pretty good for his age.  The yellow horse is dull coated and appears to have a stick neck.  No, he’s not emaciated yet, but he certainly looks older than his years.  There is a huge difference between a horse having a hay belly and a properly nourished horse .  You know what is particularly bad?  When the horse used to look like this not so long ago…

Notice that he used to have a neck and was the very picture of good health.  How does a young horse end up looking like that unless he isn’t being fed properly?  Eleven is not an old horse at all and winter is no excuse for horses to drop weight.  If you are going to do a blog entry on fit vs trim at least learn the difference between the two things.  At the very least learn the different parts of a horse and proper terminology.  I think next time one of the PSAs get a wild hair and want to educate their followers, I’ll just hand them a shovel and let them keep on digging themselves deeper into their pit of stupidity. It’s not like any of this is ever going to sink in anyhow…

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As we’ve discussed many times before, PSAs have a LOT of bad and unruly horses.  It’s one of the reasons they are so bent on bringing back horse slaughter; so that they have a way to wring some money out of all the horses they bugger up with their madcap horsemanship skills.  Lucky for all of us, they must be out of beer money this close to the end of the month as the PSAs have been VERY busy the past few days edumacating each other on how to handle these bad horses.  I figured we best take the time to have a little look now or the next installment of Point and Laugh Friday is going to be several pages long.

Today’s lessons from the PSA school of abusive horsemanship is on how to make your horse behave for the farrier.  I think at this point it is important to remind ourselves that more than one of these asstards don’t bother handling their horses until they are at least a year old and they think roping them is perfectly fine.  Even with their older horses, PSAs don’t have a lot of time or patience, so they like to take any shortcut possible so that actually caring for their horses doesn’t eat into their quality internet time of slapping each other on the back and congratulating themselves on what great little horse abusers they all are.  How would the rest of us ever figure out how to handle our animals without their advice?

“My pet peeve for today….when my pride and joy gelding starts prancing around for the farrier. Funny thing was I was on his left side and the farrier was on the right. We both booted that bastard in the ribs at the same time. Double whammy. Instantly back to a well behaved horse. Didn’t bat an eye the whole time after that.”

– This is the same asshole that can’t figure out why his horse wrings it’s tail non-stop and eats his own horses.  Frequently seen online voicing his wanna-be-a-cowboy training techniques while bragging he likes to `cull his women’.  Given the pictures I’ve seen of him, I’m pretty sure it’s the women that run away from him as he seems to have Dickie-do Disease aka his beer belly sticks out further than his dickie does.   At any rate, if a farrier ever laid a hand on one of my horses, he would not be working for me or in my barn again.


“Hahahaha, back years ago I was shoeing for an old boy, he had just aquired a awesome Morgon stud to run with his mares, he had gotton him from a ranch that never sold stallions, after getting drunk with the owner, well I was trying to trim him (the horse) and he was jumping around, at one point the horse jumped, before I could corect him a cowboy boot flew by my head, I thought he broke ribs, the owner said ” he’s a horse, make him behave”, that horse stood very still until I was done. Had a good freind that shoed, ( he died from a horse kick to his spline and he bled to death) one time he was shoeing a horse for a guy, and the horse was kicking and jumping, the owner kept saying “easy boy, easy” at one point the horse cowkicked my friend and he hit him with the rasp, the owner said ” I’d rather have someone hit me then my horse” My friend cold cocked the guy and left :-0″

–  Yet another horse eating PSA who makes up for his lack of endowment by beating on animals and crowing about it.  I work under a lot of horses looking after legs and I would much have one that is well-behaved and correctly handled than one froze up and not moving because it is terrified.  The scared ones are the ones that will get you hurt.


I won’t tolerate bad behavior,especially when it endangers someone else. The guy works damn hard at doing a good job for me and I feel its my responsibility to keep him safe. Altho we both were cracking up about it after….Not here. Behave or your gone. I actually keep a rifle in the barn,just in case. I’ve once seen a horse go insane,guy got hurt bad. If someone had a gun nearby he might not be walking with a hitch in his step today.”

– Classic PSA move by blaming the horse for your own lack of handling and skill.  He must have some pretty messed up animals if he feels a need to keep a gun handy to protect himself.  Anybody else pulling for the horses?


“My filly was in a bitchy mood the other night and decided she was going to try to bowl me over to get her grain. I booted her right in the chest as hard as I could and stood exactly in front of her and told her to back off. She got wide eyed for a moment then pinned her ears snorted at me and slunk off like a dog. Lesson learned lol”

– Probably because the poor thing was starving to death knowing the way the PSAs like to feed.  At any rate, why bother taking the time to teach your horse about personal space or learning pressure points, when you can just kick them?  I hope she broke her toes.


“The farrier we had back in IL could trim my mare by himself. If she was naughty, he smacked her belly with his rasp and voila…naughty no more. Our current farrier will not do this, even after we have told him it works with her. He prefers we drive her backwards. By the time he gets out of the way and we drive her back it’s not quick enough to make an impact on her. She is not terrible but will test you to see what you will let her get away with. I will be rapping her the next time.”

– Am I reading this correctly?  She is pissed at her farrier for NOT beating her horse with his tools?  Perhaps this farrier understands that making weapons out of the tools he intends to use on a horse isn’t in his own best interests and safety.  Sounds like he needs to fire this owner ASAP.


“my farrier has permission to WHOMP any time it’s needed, and so does the dentist. they are not getting hurt in our barn, and both have said they appreciate my common sense approach. I love my horses but they WILL behave. cannot stand the ‘smooshy kissy don’t hurt my horsey’ attitude, because sooner or later, someone does get hurt.”

– Nobody is allowed to `WHOMP’ on my animals and I have never had a farrier, dentist or vet hurt by one of mine either.  I do this silly thing called `handling’ them on a regular basis that pretty much eliminates a lot of the issues these people whine about.


“My farrier had no qualms about smacking naughty horses. We had a few cases like Gage’s, where the poor bastard got smacked by both! LOL but it works…”

– My farrier would actually be super pissed at anybody that beat on a horse he was under.  It’s a bit dangerous to do when somebody has their head between their own knees.


“shoot, i encourage my shoer to smack my horse if he’s being a jerk.”

– It never ends with these people….

Actual picture of one of the PSA’s horses `standing’ for the farrier. Notice the pile of debris it is about to tangle itself in….


There were a few other comments along the line of kicking the horses in the gut and their usual abusive crap.  I will go on record as stating I am NOT a Parelli disciple or any of the other gimmick trainers.  I do, however, know for a fact you get a lot further with kindness than intimidation.  A horse trained with kindness is a horse you can usually trust.  A horse that is only behaving because it is afraid of you or intimidated is the one that is going to blow up and hurt your dumb ass at some point.  I have a horse that was originally owned by an asstard like these.  The same one I featured earlier that I literally bought  within hours of him shipping to slaughter because he was branded as `bad’ and `dangerous’.   Despite his size, he was afraid of his own shadow because of being handled by jerkwads like these people and beating him was only going to get you hurt worse.  However, I actually handle his feet every day and not just the twice a year the PSAs get their farriers in to cut the slipper feet off their long-suffering animals.  When he was acting out of character and not wanting his back feet handled, I brought in a chiropractor and fixed the problem.  Horses dance around and lean on farriers because they are sore or untrained.  A smart person would fix the problem BEFORE the farrier gets there and not beat the dogwater out of them and make that a negative experience for them.  Horses have very good memories.  But what do I know?  I was late showing up for the farrier and had his ginormous halter with me, so the poor guy had to throw a shank over his neck to improvise.  Behold, the dangerous horse that is treated with kindness……all 17.2h of him…..The one a PSA said was too dangerous to live…..

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I realize today is Friday and we always point and laugh, but I came across something that was so  ignorant, I felt I couldn’t do it justice by only mentioning it in our weekly recap.  As a result, I thought it best to give this its own entry so we can fully appreciate the profound ignorance of the PSA movement.  Don’t worry, Point and Laugh Friday is almost complete  and will roll out this afternoon.  For now, let’s take a peek at how the PSAs discuss alternatives to horse slaughter.

What happened was that a new member was admitted into their inner sanctum and this person stated that she wanted to discuss alternatives to slaughter.  That immediately branded this person a `troll’ and the natives started to circle the wagons in hopes of having themselves a little online dogpile fun.  Here are some of the responses that the PSAs gave…..

“In my opinion, horse slaughter is not something a solution is needed for. It is never going to be stopped. Stopping the plants by defunding the inspections didn’t stop slaughter in the private sector, even caused it to be done illegally and caused the loss of some very expensive horses for people that found remains of them in their own pastures. There is always going to be a market or desire for horse meat. Dictating what people can and can’t do with their own property is treading on some serious freedoms and rights”

– Are we clear on this?  According to this horse lover, we don’t need an alternative to slaughter because it minimizes people getting their expensive horses poached for slaughter.  Also, this one gives the common PSA stance of having the `right’ to do what they want  with their `property’ although we already debunked that a few days ago.  If it doesn’t suit your agenda, continue to ignore simple logic….

“HA HA HA HA HA HA HA XXXXX I asked for THAT MONTHS ago and no one spoke up. What makes you think someone is going to give you an answer?”

– That little gem came from NT as we all know he/she tends to make every discussion all about themselves.  He/She then proceeded to cyber flirt with one of the old wannabes on that page to the point of orgasm.  I guess that’s one way to stop people from peaking in on your lunacy…..just creep them out to the point of dry heaves.  Well played, NT…….well played.

“I understand that you want an alternative. But to some of us, there is no alternative necessary. It is an effective way to deal with low end, non useable horses.”

– Of course they think like this considering that the PSAs are the leading breeders and trainers of low-end, non useable horses.  I have a better alternative……if all the PSAs would just get out of the horse business, we could have this mess sorted out within a few years!

“There is none… you cant uth all the horses that are worthless because then we have no water to drink when you put all that crap in the ground… but yet.. the meat from the horses will feed many countrys… and yes i have eaten it as well. so unles you have a very big back yard to take them all in and feed them good.. and keep them happy… slaughter is just something that you might want to get use to.”

– Clearly this little brainiac has never heard of rendering or cremation.  Does anybody actually have a scientific study that proves that burying a euthanized horse is any more dangerous to our ground water supply than planting a bunch of embalmed people full of formaldehyde in the ground?????  Didn’t think so….

“After the horse is dead does it really make a difference what happens to the body? Really? Isn’t using it better than tossing it?
The people who call inhumane have (usually) never butchered, hunted, fished or worked in a packinghouse…”

– If we follow this person’s logic we should probably start eating our dogs, cat and grandparents as well.  No, it doesn’t make a difference what happens to the body after death, but it does make a difference how it actually arrives at being a dead body and THAT is the issue that anti-slaughter advocates have.

“Vet visits aren’t viable for anyone on a budget. It’s unreasonable to expect it, much less attempt to demand or mandate it. It’s not just the price of the kill shot, it’s the farm call price, too. And the disposal, if you aren’t where you can dispose of in on your own property. They are not and will not ever be pets. Ever had a clydesdale sit on your lap? Not pretty.”
– If you don’t have a budget that provides for proper care, including euthanasia, of your horse, you have no business owning a horse.  Also, my dog is too big to sit on my lap, but she is most definitely a `pet’.  For people who don’t want other people to tell them what to think or do, they sure like telling us how we are supposed to feel about our animals. As far as I know `sitting on your lap’ is not part of the definition of `pet’.  In fact the definition of `pet’ is:  A domestic or tamed animal or bird kept for companionship or pleasure and treated with care and affection.

It turned out that the person that originally asked the question was not a `troll’ and she proceeded to flip-flop back and forth between being pro and anti like a fish out of water.  As you can see, there is absolutely NO reasoning with these people.  I’m beginning to think that, for most of them, being pro-slaughter makes them more `western’ in their own minds or something.  Or maybe we are supposed to be impressed about how they don’t get emotionally attached to these animals.  I really can’t put my mind in a place where you love horses and think it’s ok to torture them.  They ignore research and science and I have yet to see a single one of them actually back a single thing up with solid facts.  They have no concern about carcinogens in horse meat, which is a proven fact, yet they think that humanely euthanizing horses will mean that there will be no drinking water left in the world.  I’m not even sure why that is a big concern for most of them as, going by how they behave, alcohol is their beverage of choice.    This has just been a little warm-up because we have an entire week of crap like this to discuss and it’s coming right up…..


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Well, it seems I was somewhat premature in reporting on the trainwreck over the Kansas City Star article.  I had mistakenly assumed that the PSA crowd had used up all their stupid on the matter and would move on.  I was so very, very wrong.  It’s STILL going on and the PSA crowd is making less sense than usual.   I’ll give you some highlights here, but if you want to catch the live show, go here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151100260841648&set=a.346008596647.197164.318696121647&type=3&theater.

The one thing I noticed about PSA’s, other than travelling in packs, is that the more opposition, the more outlandish their statements become.  I’m not sure if they really believe what they are saying or they’re just flinging crap against the wall to see what sticks.  Maybe a bit of both?

“I have a better idea than watching a video. Go to a meat locker, and SEE with your own eyes how a responsible rancher and a responsible butcher dispatch an animal. Watch this with your own eyes instead of the propaganda videos which have been proven time and time again to be bootlegged from other countries, and edited to make them seem even harsher than they are. Get off your couch, put down your laptop, and GO SEE. Then perhaps you can come back and make a *gasp* educated decision.”

– Ok, I’m not sure what going to a `meat locker’ is going to teach anybody about slaughter since all you will basically see is the end product.  There won’t be any sign on the carcass that says `This one took five shots in the face to drop’ or `Woke up on the bleed rail’.  You’ll see….well, you’ll see meat in a meat locker.   Now, she also suggests that all the slaughter-house footage is `edited’ to make it seem worse.  Hmmm, the footage I have seen was not edited in the least.  I’m pretty sure they didn’t bring in PIXAR or any other company to doctor up that footage and make dead horses revive or appear conscious and aware as they were hung upside down.  Another thing she mentions is to watch a butcher dispatch and animal.  Those are called custom jobs and are nowhere near what happens in a commercial slaughter plant.  I wish we could move on from this `expert’ but she wasn’t done yet.  She was so worked up, she was responding to herself…

“And as for the young beautiful horses, it’s not hard to buy them back from a slaughterhouse. All of the KB’s I’ve ever met at auction will not bid on a good horse-unless no one else does. They will not bid against anyone. And if you change your mind, follow them to their trailer and offer what they paid. Guess what-they will all take it. All you are seeing is the horror side of the pretty my little ponies that you think you are saving. Put down your fork, don’t eat or drink for a week. Then tell me starvation is better than slaughter, and come back with a rational solution. Because if you can’t come up with a viable solution, you are aiding in the problem. Congratulations for aiding and abetting in the abuse and neglect of countless animals. Pat yourself on the back, and I hope you are proud of yourself.”

Ummm, once they have their USDA stickers on, it’s virtually impossible to buy horses back from the `slaughter-house’.  In fact, when they were up and running,  the general public was not allowed to just waltz into a slaughter-house and check out all the horses.  Now, if she really means buying them out of a kill pen at auction, sometimes that is possible and those kill buyers do a booming business preying on people who want to save horses.  Not to mention stolen horses and people who patrol Craigslist to swindle somebody’s horse off them and yes, that does happen.  Also, I will tell you starvation is better than slaughter, not that I want to see that happen either.  Horses can be rescued from starvation and given a new life.  Slaughtered horses meet a terrible end of which there is no chance at coming back from.  Many viable solutions have been put on the table, but the PSAs are all so blinded by blood lust, they refuse to listen. Once slaughter is shut down for good, they can all move to Canada or get out of business.  Either way win/win!

I wish I could say that above PSA was a solo act today.  She wasn’t.  Today’s designated wingman got a little long-winded, so I’m going to have to break her post down into sections….

“You can anthropomorphize all you want, animals are not humans! You can say “if I had all the money and bought all the pretty horses” all you want, you don’t have money and that thought process simply proves your utter lack of understanding in regards to herd health, range management, disposal and by-products.

Some of you folks sitting there making inane comments need to grasp that it simply doesn’t matter what you SAY, if you want to buy a horse, go do it! Don’t expect everyone else to carry the affects of your lack of knowledge. And boy oh boy, in these comments lack of knowledge is rampant.”

– Kinda like all you junk breeders want to use up federal tax funding, at the expense of the existing meat industry, to clean up your mess and put all the profit in foreign pockets?  BTW it’s `effects’ not `affects’.

“So who cares, sit on your rear end. BUT, until you have a working knowledge of the industry as a whole, you damn straight aren’t going to be allowed to further damage an entire industry simply because you read Black Beauty once.

For the ill educated, you’ll automatically think “industry” meaning slaughter only. It isn’t and doesn’t mean that. An “industry” means so very, very much more. It includes veterinarians, shoers, leather products such as saddles, equine saddle pad and protective boot manufacturers, horse trailer companies and dealerships, pick-up sales, farmers or ranchers who raise and sell hay, clothing apparel, shows, associations, and when events happen it means the local stores such as gas stations, restaurants, and motels. All those businesses employ people, supply a product, and directly contribute to local and state economies. THAT is an industry. All those things that many of you never think about.”

– Now call me crazy, but I just don’t see dead horses needing vets, shoers, saddles, protective boots, horse trailers or hay.  I am also not aware of many shows for dead horses…

“So, it is vital to make the INDUSTRY healthy and strong again. And stopping slaughter absolutely does not help horses, if fails in every aspect. C’mon – look at the facts! Forget the glitter farting fairy stories so many of you repeat, pull your head out of the clouds and get a real life experience. Look beyond your own personal agenda!”

– I will say it again…Killing off horses isn’t helping the industry considering it is the young, healthy and strong that go to slaughter.  Bringing back slaughter does not mean that every abusive and neglectful hoarder is all of a sudden going to start taking care of their animals either.  It means that backyard breeders have a convenient dumping ground for the dinks they produce and we sure as hell don’t need more BYBs.  BTW, I AM `industry’, so I am more than qualified to tell you that if you need slaughter to put a value on your product, you are a failure and need a new job.

That FB thread goes on and on and the PSA’s are all wordy as hell today.  It’s the same old tired denials and ignorance, over and over again. For some reason, they think that only people who live on ranches own horses.  I would bet if anybody did a study, many urban horse owners, contribute far more to the `industry’ through boarding, training, lessons etc.  Almost everybody that works on the racetrack in an urban dweller at least during race season and they sure as hell qualify as `industry’.   You know what I noticed the most about PSAs?  They are all very, very angry people!  Maybe we could make things better if all of us would just make an effort to seek them out and hug them.  Any volunteers?  Didn’t think so……



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One of the main things I hear from the PSAs is that horses are property.  To them, that means that they have a right to do as they wish with their property.  While I agree that we technically `own’ horses, or at least that’s what their registration papers say, I dispute that they are property.  Property implies something inanimate.  I hope we can all agree that horses are most definitely not inanimate nor are they `things’.  Things are defined as material objects without life or consciousness; an inanimate object.


1. a thing or things belonging to someone; possessions collectively

2. a building or buildings and the land belonging to it or them

Now, I realize that our PSA pals have some problems with comprehension at the best of times so this is probably boggling their minds  and causing outrage.  In fact, I bet Ole NT is frothing at the mouth and pounding on her computer keys already.  You have certain rights as they pertain to the animals you own.  You have a right to train them or not train them as you wish, even if you suck as a trainer.  You have a right to set your own feed program and you have a right to stable them or not.  But, all these rights have limits.  You do not have a right to abuse another living being because that is against the law.   Don’t believe me?  Go ask Michael Vick how doing what he wanted with the dogs he owned worked out for him.

Because Slaughterhouse Sue is still in hiding, the PSA crowd is once again unsupervised and have resorted to cruising the internet to find things to be outraged over.  Today, it was an article by Donald Bradley of The Kansas City Star, which basically called Slaughterhouse Sue out on some of her more recent lies.  (http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/06/3718025/no-progress-yet-on-proposed-rockville.html#disqus_thread) You would think they would get used to the daily dose of disappointments that is life as a PSA, but they don’t.  Once again, they coordinated their efforts in the bat cave and swarmed the FB page that posted this article.  Then they got their stupid on and let it all hang out for the rest of us to witness.

“…….. Boy, they sure banty that “PhD title around with this Patrick Fazio character. Too bad he isn’t as smart as his “title” deludes. Horses do NOT move their head around any more than any other livestock animal in the same situation, as he stated in one blow hard interview. This is a matter of training, supervising, and enforcing that training to make certain that it is done correctly and humanely. And could you possibly get any more long winded and full of FECES as you have in this emotionally driven, irrational spiel? Honestly, if I were a supporter of opposition to slaughter, I’d distance myself as far as I could get from you people just for the purpose of maintaining credibility. I’M embarrassed for you, and I’m against you.”

I actually cut off the first part of this diatribe as it was just basically ranting. I just want to  point out it is actually PATRICIA Fazio and not Patrick.  Too bad this person can’t tell the difference between an innie and an outie as it does not bode well for the rest of this discussion. Let’s look at what this anatomy expert is telling us. She thinks horses do NOT move their head around more than any other livestock and slaughtering them is no different.  I don’t know what kind of horses she is breeding or riding, but I think even a blind man could see there is a pretty big difference between the necks of horses, cows, and pigs.

Do you see the difference?  Now add to the fact that horses’ heads are not placed in squeeze chutes and all of a sudden you have a moving target with a much larger range of motion than cows, pigs or chickens.  I know our PSA buddies aren’t very bright, but surely they can understand the difference between hitting a moving target and one that is in a head restraint?  Maybe not….Here’s another definition to chew on…



1.lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
2.lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.
3.uninformed; unaware.
4.due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.


Speaking of ignorant, here is one of the PSA supporters backing her anatomical expert buddy up…

“I have yet to hear a reasonable alternative to horse slaughter. Until one is presented, I cannot oppose the horrible act. I would never eat an American horse due to unregulated drugs, but I have no problem with those who do. I would actually like to try the meat one day. That doesn’t make me evil or an abuser or even a horse hater. I love my horses and would never subject them to that fate. I do not love every horse.”

Do you get that?  She won’t eat US horse meat because of the drugs, but she’s just fine with feeding it to other people.  Awesome!  She is also another PSA hypocrite that wouldn’t put her horse to slaughter because she loves him, but it’s just fine for horses she doesn’t love.  I wonder if she think they suffer less or something.  That’s like saying it’s ok for other people to get raped and murdered as long as it doesn’t happen to your loved ones.  WTF?  Seriously….

Not to be deterred, the original brainiac pulled out the favorite defense of PSAs everywhere and over shared liberally peppered with bullshit….

“I was raised with horses. I was getting paid to start range bred remuda yearlings when I was twelve years old and up. I’ve delivered them, I’ve shoed them, sales prepped them, galloped them for race trainers. I’ve been a broodmare assistant, a race barn groom. I’ve raised them on bottles and buckets. I’ve watched the bootlegged slaughter house tapes from Canada and I’ve seen the photos of the conditions horses are subjected to in Mexico. And that’s YOUR fault, since you want to place blame and judge people you know nothing about, business as usual for a bunch of half wit clowns that profess to be experts when they are in fact living room recliner jockeys perched balancing a lap top professing to save all the poor little ponies from the nasty horse “murderers” and not knowing their rectal orifice from a snake hole. People like me save horses all of the time. Because we know how to, because we are the best at what we do, and we know what’s worth saving and what isn’t, because we treat all of our livestock responsibly and humanely, because it’s the right thing to do, NOT because a bunch of know nothing NUTS had to enlighten us in the errors of our ways.

This is the same asshat that thinks horses wring their tail when they are racing because they are in the process of stocking up. Even if she has done half of what she claims, she’s likely been  a miserable failure at most. You know, you can spend your lifetime around horses and that doesn’t make you a `horseman’.  Some things can’t be taught especially when you think you already know it all and are the `best at what you do’.  BTW, seen pics of this person’s breeding efforts and she is definitely part of the problem.


I think at some point we may need to consider an awards system to add to Point and Laugh Fridays.  These people work so hard at being ignorant, I feel like we should give the dumbest statement/story of the week an award.  Should I let ads on this blog, I’m thinking along the lines of donating a portion of advertising dollars to either a rescue or anti-slaughter cause in the winner’s name each month.  Thanks to y’all we have more than enough traffic to do that, but I also think ads are annoying.  Nothing is going to happen overnight, but let me know your thoughts.  I’m neutral at this point.

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The more I learn about the proposed slaughter industry, the more I think about my own horses.  I’ve mentioned a few times that one of mine was rescued from that fate.  I’ve had him for quite a few years now and I still think about it every day. He’s pretty much a one person horse now and I often think about what would happen to him if anything happened to me.  Because he’s big and `fancy’, I’m sure people would want him, Lord knows I’ve turned down serious money for him in the past, but I don’t know how he would do with anybody else.  Not because I think I’m soooo much better than anybody else, but because he’s a problem child due to past abuse.  I’m not sure if somebody else didn’t know his history, that they would do OK with him or have the patience he needs. I’m really not sure that somebody that didn’t have the emotional investment I have in him would take the time to learn to work with him.  He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, but because he is so big and athletic, he could be dangerous in the wrong hands. So, what to do?

We were actually talking about this at the barn the other day.  My one friend has actually written her horse into her will.  No, she didn’t leave him her worldly wealth, but she has three people designated that she would want to have her horse and made a provision for him.  She knows that the designated people are all anti-slaughter as her concern is to keep her animal out of that pipeline. I have another friend that has written me into the will to disperse their horses in the event of their death.  They knew I would place them in homes and see that they were cared for.  I have made contingency plans for my own horses with a provision from my estate as well.  I know that the fat bastards would be more than happy to be retired and they are perfectly happy where I keep them.  They would continue living right where they are and being spoiled rotten by the BO.  It’s sure never fun to think about stuff like that and you can’t exactly rule from the grave, so you make your best plans and hope it works out.

Not as easy to plan for is what happens if you lose your ability to care for your animals.  Not everybody boards their horse and not everybody keeps them at home.  There are almost as many situations as there are owners.  I know when I injured my knee and had surgery a few years back, I was the only person that was available to care for my horses on a daily basis.  I had surgery in the morning and was feeding that same night.  It was not easy doing it all on crutches by myself, but we made it through.  I actually had to ASK for some help from family to come help me get things set up, which included moving feed supplies to a place I could easily distribute their meals hopping on one foot.  I wasn’t overly worried about getting down to water them as my horses are pretty respectful of my personal space, so the crutches weren’t ever an issue.  Everything took far longer to do, but you do what you have to.  They continued to be a priority. The whole situation to get me thinking though.  I didn’t really know my neighbors and if I hadn’t had family in town and was unable to get out to them, what would I do?  Thankfully, I did know other horse people and had helped others out before.  I was pretty sure I could call in a favor if it came right down to it.  Now, I make a point of trading favors with horsey friends. It is important to network as you never know what will happen.

I’ve had horses all my life and have been lucky enough to make my living with them for most of my adult life.  Still, I have always carried at least two of my own horses in addition to work and they haven’t always lived where I work.  When I was younger, there were many times I went hungry, but I have never had a skinny horse.  They didn’t know I was poor, because I always made sure they ate before I did and I lived on what was left over.  One of the readers of this blog mentioned `human responsibility’ in the comments and I think that applies here.  Whether you lost your job or some other disaster strikes, you have a responsibility to your animals. We took their ability to care for themselves away when we domesticated them so many years ago. I have a horse on a special diet and I always make sure I’m at least a month or more ahead with his feed I buy.  I’ve always stockpiled hay well in advance too.  It’s just always been a part to my budget. Before the manicures and pedicures, before the hair salon, the animals are provided for.

Most of the plans I make for my horses, involve keeping them out of the slaughter pipeline.  I am not really an `in-your-face’ with my beliefs type in person, but I make sure that the people I have horse dealings with, know where I stand on that issue. There is not a single person in my family that supports slaughter.  I wouldn’t use a vet that supported slaughter only because I know we are coming from two different places when it comes time to make hard decisions.  Time and again, I see people who have lost their jobs or had some other personal crisis end up either starving their horse or putting them in the slaughter pipeline.  Life throws us all curve-balls and we can’t always plan for them, but we can be prepared.  What plans have the rest of you made if the unthinkable happens?

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