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Y’all didn’t really think we were done with the skeleton parade after that last post, did you?  We’re right back at it with yet another few skinny minnies doing time in the Pauma Valley concentration camp for horses run by Manson and her merry band of feckless twats.  Maybe these ones aren’t quite as bad as others, but we all have to start somewhere, right?  They are also clearly dropping the lbs and, unlike their captor, they are doing so without the benefit of photo edits and  flattering angles.  I’ll also lay a few screen shots on you I forgot to add in with the last post because I’m disorganized like that.  It’s a thing.  Anyhow, with all that being said, let’s get down to it short and not so sweet style…

The bay horse on the left is Brooklyn.  (the other is Hotshot who has since been liberated from Manson’s clutches).  Most people don’t know much about  Brooklyn as she was one that Manson manifested in the waning days of HiCaliber.  She is supposed to be a TB that is around 5 years old who Manson claimed for herself as a project.  Some of you may remember her as the poor horse that was trying to drink out of the trough that Manson was wallowing in for that live video a few months back when she gloated about how awesome her life was and how she felt she shouldn’t have to work 9 to 5 if she doesn’t want to along with other sound bites from the grifter handbook.  It was probably the last time Brooklyn saw a full trough and likely it hasn’t been cleaned out since. I don’t even want to think about the kind of scum that Manson’s cootch cooties caused to grow like a vaginal kombucha scoby.  We can also see from the screen shot that even last year Wrinkles felt the horse was dropping weight at one point.  It must have been bad for her to notice it in her opiate induced fog.

Here is Brooklyn now or at least within the last month or so.  Clearly she’s lost a lot of condition and is showing the scuffs and scars of a horse that has to compete for limited food resources.  Her feet don’t appear to have seen a farrier for a good long while and the dullness of her coat suggests she probably has a gut full of sand and/or a heavy parasite load.  I can see why an ACO might say she’s not bad enough for an intervention yet just seeing her on the surface, but when paired with how she looked last year and the fact that this is a young horse, this is cause for concern.

Do y’all remember Dawson?  You can run her through the search bar on this blog and lots will come up, but for those of you that can’t be arsed, she has been kicking around since 2017.  That’s when Manson spied her in one of Romney Faye’s live feeds from Satan’s kill pen in Louisiana and just had to have her.  Of course she allowed the donor dollars to pay for her shipping and all her initial vet work before she allowed her adoption papers to be approved even after she claimed that youtuber Shane Dawson had paid for her purchase.  The bottom line is the horse was never up for public adoption but always on the HiCaliber feed bill.  I’m not sure if Manson personally has ever ridden her but I do recall Amanduh riding her on a live feed where the horse looked more than a little aced up.  She’s probably been standing around doing a whole lotta nothing since that time as she’s always been too much horse for Manson.
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Here is Dawson from January.  She looks far worse now than when she came out of the kill pen and shipped half way across the country in a heat wave back in 2017.

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Now we come to the part where we get our petty on, or at least Manson does.  You would think that she would be filled with gratitude and indebtedness to the few remaining people who continue to support her financially and otherwise, but that’s not the case.  She continues to talk shit on each of them behind their back.  `Kim’ is Kim S who, to this day, defends Manson at all costs.  I’m guessing she doesn’t realize Manson barely tolerates her.  Oh, but that’s not all…

It would seem that even Wrinkles doesn’t escape without a few knives in her back.  There’s a few interesting things with these screen shots.  First, we have Wrinkles in some sort of trouble with the IRS and clearly owing money, yet this is who Manson hand picked to be in charge of the HiCaliber finances.  That could be for a number of reasons but I have to think it’s probably easier to skim the funds when the treasurer is clueless and irresponsible.  Then you have Manson ok with horses being without feed as some weird power play.  Really, after seeing this, is it any wonder people are turning mole with increasing regularity?  Remember folks, if they talk shit about others with you, they’ll do the same behind your back.

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Well kiddies, I think we’ll call it good for today.  I understand the frustration with AC not acting quickly on this, but now is the time to stay the course.  Spread the word, keep speaking out and reporting.  Be relentless. Give them the dates and clearly state what the issues are (lack of feed, no water and horses deteriorating).  Maybe some horses aren’t critically thin yet, but they are clearly heading that direction.  Manson may have gotten a little surge in funding to prove the haters wrong but even her remaining circle is showing serious cracks and fault lines as she continues to be mostly absent from the property and refusing to do one thing to prove the haters wrong.  Things will get worse for these animals until somebody forces Manson’s hand. Manson has clearly stated she isn’t into it anymore, so now is not the time to let up.  More to come…

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Guess what?  Just when you think you’ve seen it all or things are as bad as they can be,  it’s `hold my beer’ and we sink to new depths.   The further we get into it, the more I feel that beer probably isn’t strong enough to deal with this and my boots aren’t even the ones on the ground, under the bed or in the shadows.  My heart hurts from all this, but we’re going to keep it going until Manson finally gets the point and comes correct.  Perhaps today’s post will move a few more people into the light tip the balance.  So, let’s get down to it.  We have some more befores, afters and WTFs to share today.  All these horses are inmates at Rancho del Grifto, but not all are owned by Manson.  I guess we’ve got a birds of a feather situation to go along with the little birds that are chirping a lot lately.  Ready?

 

 

I thought maybe I’d ease us all into today’s post with a softball.  This is Chrome while he was still an inmate at Rancho del Grifto.  We already know he made it out alive, if a little thin.  Some of the village idiots claimed he lost his weight in transport, but as you can see from these photos, that clearly wasn’t the case.  At one point he had open wounds with bandages that went unchanged despite Manson claiming she was changing them.  I guess while we’re on the subject of untreated wounds…

Various and sundry other injuries at the ranch that went untreated by Manson.  I guess this is what happens when they are bored and hungry and Manson is working her latest trick.

These are from last spring.  Yet another round of strangles galloped through Manson’s herd just as it seems to every spring.  It’s worth noting especially if she does come to her senses and release these hostages.  Quarantine will be essential for anything coming off this ranch.

Christina Pagan boards her horses at Rancho del Grifto.  Some of you may recall her for being the bully bitch at auction sometimes.  More specifically,  she was the private buyer liaison who would trudge around with her German Shepherd and try to intimidate people that dared to show up at auction without their permission.  She’s also the person who adopted Betty the pitbull and lost her with that little incident ending up with Betty being road pizza.  RIP Betty.   Christina’s horses are in the same pen as Braveheart and much like their owner, a few of them are bullies.  I can only imagine how much worse that situation is when they are all fighting over half rations.  The lighter colored palomino is Christina’s horse, Lego (the other palomino is Braveheart).  He is also losing weight.  He wasn’t lame when he arrived at the ranch, but he is now.  Really lame.  I think its important for people to know that even if we get every last Manson horse off that place, there are still a few `privately owned’ horses being subjected to the exact same conditions.

This is the part of the post where things get really rough.  This is Solar, or at least it was back in December and before.  Maybe many people don’t know much about Solar because he was never really high profile or available for adoption.  It’s actually a minor miracle he never ended up with a bullet in his head, but for whatever reason he was a sanctuary horse at HiCaliber and, if I had to guess, probably the longest inmate all because Manson’s son likes him.  That’s the official reason anyhow.

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Solar has had some ongoing abscess issue for a while from what I understand but at some point since December things started to go downhill with him fast.  Depending on the day, Manson would say its because he was no longer with Shasta or he had cancer.  If I had to guess, I’d say he was likely hungry as it was around about that time his grain became more miss than hit.  The last known condition of Solar will break your heart.

Coming as no surprise to anybody, Solar’s condition has rapidly deteriorated.  Manson can try to pawn it off on cancer or the vapors but the fact is he’s suffering from a lack of proper food and when he does get fed, he’s picking his nutrients out of a swamp.  Helluva a way to treat your son’s favorite horse.

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Does anybody remember Spartan?  I did a post about him last year when he was the subject of one of Manson’s `training videos’.  She tried to pass him off as a new HiCaliber horse which wasn’t the case.  You can refresh your memories about that here, with video and intake sheets included. He is said to have some pretty severe abuse issues and takes a quiet and patient hand to handle him, so clearly not ever a horse that Manson should have been around.  I believe he had recently returned from foster at the time and he looked good.  The above pic is from around the same time.  You know what’s coming though, right? You saw a little peak of him up above in Solar’s pics.

Here is Spartan within the last month. Yet another former HiCaliber horse slowly starving to death.  At this point I don’t even know what else there is to say.  This has to end.

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I think that’s probably enough for this post.  Sure, I could get a bit offtrack and talk about late night drug runs to Escondido involving a drive up bedroom window, but maybe we’ll do that kinda thing in a later post.  I know Manson and her remaining minions read here.  I know they’re freaking out (thanks little bird).  Yet, Manson is still trying to have some control over the situation.  It’s not going to work this time.  Until every last horse is out of her clutches, and the cows and pig too if they’re even still alive (I haven’t asked yet), I will be relentless. I can’t sleep at night because of this shit.  The suffering of these animals haunt me.  When I am tired I’m even more bitchy than normal and I think anybody that knows me will tell you that being a bitch is a default setting for me.  There are many offers of homes for these animals.  The only thing preventing them from the soft landing they all deserve is Manson.  There will be no money handed over to her or negotiating beyond what time can we get them picked up.  Until she gets through her big fat head, we’re going to keep on spilling tea and there is at least one guest post that’s coming up if Manson doesn’t come correct on this matter.  Want a little teaser about it? I don’t even know if I can handle what’s coming.

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Where do I even start today?  You know you’re hitting nerves when one of the staunch village idiots escape the butterfly net and comes over here to teach us all a master class in grammar and idiocy.  They seemed to have missed the memo that I don’t have a single fuck to give about their opinion, but I do enjoy a good tantrum. Today’s post covers a few things as well as  featuring another former HiCaliber inmate.  This one is even worse than the past few we’ve covered and we’re going to keep doing this until all these animals are safe. I don’t care how many idiots come over here and freak out.  I don’t care about all the behind the screens machinations and scrambling to cover tracks.  Fuck that.  #releasethehostages.  Anyhow, I’m pissed about this situation so let’s get at it…Y’all know the drill by now…

I’m going to start out by setting the tone for what is to come.  Mostly it’s to illustrate what a liar mcliar pants Manson really is.  This is a rent app she filled out when she was looking to jump ship at the old place. I mean, where do you even start with this work of fiction?  Shelley Cochran? Service dog?  No mention of HiCaliber at all and claiming to make 25 to 40k a month. Well, that part may have been close to accurate for HiCaliber but she was claiming she was working for alphamare.  Oh and Romney Faye as a CEO for 10 years?  Her illustrious career as grifter in chief barely lasted 2.  Then you have her claiming to never be evicted or have a recent bankruptcy.  Lies on both counts.  Remember, her inability to rent a place was all somehow the haters fault.  No wonder `Shelley Cochran’ didn’t get the place she was trying to rent.  Beazley to the rescue!

So this is Wrinkles being a complete and total tool and apparently stealing her mother’s meds.  Charming.

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Not sure who these drugs belonged to but Manson apparently diagnoses herself with lupus and prescribes her own meds for real and imagined issues.  Whatever…

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Here is Manson talking shit on Kim Said.  Kim is still an insider or at least plays the part of one.  She’s probably woefully unaware that Manson talks shit on everybody behind their back.  EVERYBODY.  Kim might want to think about that before she goes ham in defending her much more.  This is the kinda thing that brings people over here to the light.  Just sayin…

I’m just going to park these here for posterity.  They clearly show ongoing feeding issues and Beazley’s involvement.  It’s going to segue us into the meat of this post quite nicely.  The part I teased a bit of in the last post…

Today we’re going to talk about Rizzo.  We’ve mentioned him a few times on the blog and you can just run his name in the search bar here and it will all come up. He had the misfortune of being acquired by HiCaliber all the way back in 2017 when he was only 2 years old.  Manson rode him around and, after finding out he was broke and papered, helped herself to him for $1 under the pretense of protecting him from being snapped up by somebody that would ride him too young.  Keep in mind that Manson herself was reaching maximum density at the time.  It’s the same old story that a horse that put up with her sealed his own fate and even more so because Rizzo is decently bred and was really good looking.  The bottom line is that he was never available to the public and, from what I’m told, people have tried to purchase him from Manson and she’s always held out for more money.  Rizzo is now 5 years old and not quite the same horse.

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Here is Rizzo last year at Rancho del Grifto.  If you recall, Rizzo was one of the horses that was horrifically injured that Manson attempted to grift for money for at the old place. He had a big hole in his chest.  He has long since healed up from that and while not fat, was in decent weight at one point last year.

A lot to unpack with these screen shots.  You have Manson clearly aware that Rizzo is not well and unable to get a vet.  Because nothing is EVERY her fault, she neglects to mention the fact that she owes a fuckton of money to her last vet coupled with the fact she’s repeatedly thrown her vets under the bus when she got busted playing 30% vet herself.  So, rather than pay those bills, Manson reverts to her default setting of lying and scamming.  Fake names, attempts to sign the horse over to somebody else to take the heat and then just saying `fuck it’ and randomly dispensing leftover meds she had hoarded from the HiCaliber days.  I don’t know of any vets that will just randomly do blood work for you without having laid eyes on an animal, but I do know Manson still has her precious blood machine she spent so much HiCaliber funds on.  Anyhow, the take away was that as recently as January Rizzo was very sick  and without a firm diagnosis.  I guess this is the part where I should probably just SHOW you what has become of poor Rizzo.

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Here is Rizzo within the last month.  He’s only 5 years old and failing fast. This beautiful young horse that had multiple offers from good homes is now a skeleton stashed on the back of Manson’s property.  Oh and for those remaining idiots that think we photo shop and alter these pics?  How about a little live action?


Video taken at the same time. This horse is in trouble and NOT under a vet’s care.  I dunno about the rest of you but his body score looks to be much lower than a 3 to me.  I feel like a broken record, but how do you lift a fork to your mouth knowing this is going on right outside your window?  Before she pulled her page down, we saw Manson with her shrimp salads, fake nails and other creature comforts all while this was going on right outside.  I can’t even comprehend that much and then to know that she prevented these animals from having proper homes because of her greed and pettiness just adds a whole other level of assholedom to this situation.

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It’s all well and good to read all this stuff and be outraged.  What normal person wouldn’t be?  However, my motive for all this is action.  That’s where the rest of you come in.  It is time for a bunch of wheels to start squeaking loudly.  I know many of you have been. Keep up the good work.  For the rest of you, pop on over to HiCaliber Horror Facebook and they have helpfully done up some graphics showing the before and afters of these animals.  They also have some threads and discussion on how and who to report to.  That’s in the comments here as well.  Make it clear that these horses are in a rapid decline. All of these horses have been in Manson’s possession for years and all look far worse than the day they were `rescued’.  As infuriating as this all is, try to keep emotion or personal feelings out of it beyond a concern for the welfare of these animals.  We know Manson is an evil twat.  That’s neither here nor there as far as these agencies are concerned.  Karma can deal with her in due course, but these animals are running out of time.  Her inner circle has literally collapsed and continues to do so as she stabs them in the back and leaves them holding the bag.  They are emotionally and financially drained.  She has no idea who and how many of them are now talking.  The cheese stands alone.  I think it’s time to cut cheese, don’t you?  More to come…

 

 

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Here we go again…I mentioned last post that Shasta was a tip of the iceberg situation and I’m sure you’ve all seen that Mucho Chrome made it out finally and the condition he arrived in Iowa in.  Trust me, that wasn’t due to his journey east either, but I feel like I’m preaching to the choir here.  Well, the choir and the cheap seats because, you know, `Hi Manson and Adeline Dimond oops Becky Turner, I mean Angrid’.  I could even see how maybe one horse got sick or had some issue causing loss of condition, but that’s not the case at Rancho del Grifto we’re going feature our third hostage today.  I’m thinking this one is gonna hit a lot of you right in the feels.

That’s right…today’s hostage is Braveheart.  These are his before pics.  Pics of him hauling Manson’s ass around  at the old place and pics of his condition at Rancho del Grifto when they originally moved in, before the alphamare page came down and before Manson ran out of HiCaliber assets to pawn for feed.  If you recall, Braveheart was yet another `rescue’ that Manson helped herself to under the pretense of making sure they were properly placed or somesuch bullshit.  The rest of us know that the only reason that Manson helps herself to a horse is if they will put up with her gunsel ass and/or she thinks she can make some $$$ flipping them.  Of course that never really works out for her since she downgrades any animal she touches, but the delusion is strong and guess who pays the price for that?  In this case that would be Braveheart.

Here is Braveheart’s current condition.  These are recent as in 2020 recent.  Still not convinced?  Need to see a little more?

How about these?  This is a HUNGRY horse likely with a gut full of sand and worms as well.  There is no reason for this.

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m pissed.  Beyond pissed actually.  These horses all had people wanting to adopt them.  People that would have given them their happily ever after.  I’m sure there are still people that would step up and help these animals, but here we are over a year after the end of HiCaliber and the fuckery continues.  Enough.  Manson clearly is too dick drunk to give a shit.  How do you walk right by these animals that are clearly starving on your way to your eyelash appointment or to stuff your face full of burritos?  How do you put even one meal in front of yourself knowing they are not eating sometimes and never enough when they are fed?  The very fact that there are still moles should tell you how bad things are for the hostages at Rancho del Grifto.  So, here’s how it’s going to go down until she finally gets the point and releases the hostages: we’re going to keep exposing the situation she is creating until she either releases every last one of the hostages or AC steps up and does their job.  What can all of you do to help?  Light up those phone lines and be relentless until it is over.  ENOUGH.

PS.  JE, stop trying to make Ontario Auction happen because I sure as shit am not done with you either.

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Mic check, one two, one two…Anybody still out there?  It’s been a nice little break of sorts or at least it has been for me.  Thanks to all you for keeping things going and I apologize for not putting something up sooner if only to give a fresh comment section to banter in.  What can I say?  I’ve been busy not being a blogger and it’s been glorious.  Actually, that’s not entirely true as conversations behind the scenes are ongoing, but at this point in our journey strategy comes into play. So, without that being said, I have a little update of sorts.  Think of it as a teaser of what is to come.
nowaterComing as no surprise to anybody, the water situation continues to be dire at the most current crash pad for Manson.  I guess it’s hard to keep them topped up when you’re never there and are working your new trick who happens to have zero interest in horses.  It doesn’t help that your few remaining volunteers are getting burned out adn can’t be there 24/7 either.

This is Shasta and these pics were taken right after Manson’s eviction from the Valley Center ranch. This was at her stop over place until Beazley lost her ever lovin mind and bought the current one.  To refresh memories, Shasta was a HiCaliber horse.  She was briefly adopted out before being returned.  If memory serves she was too much horse for the person or something, but subsequent videos showed she was a little lame as well.  However that all shook out, the poor mare made the mistake of not dumping Manson’s ass when she rode her which basically sealed her fate.  She was one of those unfortunate ones that Manson helped herself to under the pretense of making sure they landed softly or whatever line of BS she was spewing at any given time. I do know it was not because nobody wanted her.  There was interest in Shasta but like Chrome, Rizzo, Braveheart and others, she was never really available for being adopted once Manson laid claim to her.

This is what Shasta looks like now.  She’s not an old horse or anything like that.  She’s HUNGRY.  This is what happens when you place otherwise healthy animals on severe feed restrictions as you try to stretch the tiny amount of feed you manage to scrounge or get your very burned out remaining volunteers to pay for.  I guess being so scuffed up and skinny is just part and package of fighting for your groceries.

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I’m sure people are wondering how this little update came to be.  I don’t have a bunch to say about it at the present time other that Manson has no idea where the leaks are or how many there are.  Let’s just say that you can only abuse your inner circle (such that it is) so much and even people that maybe aren’t all that interested in horses notice ribs showing and maybe those same people have a conscience.  Maybe those people are closer to Manson than even she realizes.  Wouldn’t be the first time somebody that shared a pillow with her had enough and did the right thing.  The only side I’ve ever been on is the side of the animals she holds hostage for whatever reason and I welcome anybody to this side because I’m like that.  I’m just like that….More to come…

PS.  RFB, begging for a plane ticket to Dallas was low even for you.  Knock that shit off or you’ll be on blast soon too, just because I’m feeling salty.

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FINALLY, I’ve gotten around to getting together the next installment of `Straight From The Grifter’s Mouth’.  I apologize for the long wait but, in my own defense, I’m hella busy these days and I had kinda planned on this blog being in mothballs by now,  pending the outcomes of the various open investigations against Manson and HiCaliber.  Yes, they are still open and active.  However, I have am both blessed and cursed with more than my fair share of tenacity so I feel compelled to see this through and keeping the flames of outrage stoked.  The only problem with that is there are literally hours and hours of audio to sift through and I’m sure y’all remember how freakin annoying Manson’s voice is.  As you may have guessed, the theme of this round of audio clips is Manson and her ass barnacles throwing people under the bus.  Mostly.  I have a few extras today as well just because I’m random like that.  That being said, it’s that time again.  Pull up, buckle up and pour yourself something cold.

 

Death of Umbra from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

This audio was from a leadership meeting shortly after Umbra’s death.  They hadn’t even made their official post about it yet.  ​Who could forget that live feed where they sat around laughing and eating pizza while Eclipse screamed in the background from the barn and not a single mention that Umbra had just passed?  I’m surprised Manson’s pants didn’t spontaneously combust with the whoppers she was telling her team at this meeting.  Poisoned?  Really?  How about you took an orphaned foal and had her `nursing’ off a mare that never was pregnant?  Just for starters.  Then add the fact she was deformed, post surgical and exposed to God knows what as far as disease on that property.  BTW, still waiting for the necropsy report or do you get one when you just chop her up in the stall with Talbot in plain sight of the mare?  I’m re-pissed about this entire situation now.

Adagio from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

I guess before we back up that bus, we’ll just stay on the horrible death theme for a bit.  They are discussing Adagio in this clip.  She thankfully spent her last days with a capable foster, but it seems her death wasn’t all that peaceful.  Of course it wasn’t Manson’s fault because she was too hopped up on opiates to deal so Sugar Daddy Richie and that fucking monster, Taylor went out to execute her.  As we have come to expect from her, Manson shifts the blame any other direction than herself.  No Manson, it’s not the foster’s fault because  she was only a foster.  It was YOUR call to send Richie that day and nobody else’s.  Yet again a horse suffers and pays the price for your laziness.

Kill The Next Batch from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

As we’ve always heard,  Amanduh takes her turn shooting horses in the face too.  They talk about as casually as if it’s washing the dishes although rather chilling that they refer to the next `batch’.  Gotta get that multiple body discount for the body removal!  Actually, we’ll expand on the multiple deaths in another post.

Lots of interest in Howard from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

Remember Howard?  He came in with a hole in his sinus and needed a rather expensive surgery to fix it. Just another example of the inner circle cherry picking the best horses.  They talk about How much interest there was in him, so tell me how that translated into him ending up with Wrinkles for $1?  At least she took him with her when she jumped off the sinking ship that is Manson’s life.  The pics are recent of Howard and Kennedy in their new digs up north.  Hope whoever Wrinkles is currently leeching off has enough cash to feed her animals.  Kennedy is looking a bit thin.

Manson Blames Romney for the Louisiana Situation from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

Time to back that bus up and the first one under will be none other than Romney Faye Baker!  That’s right, while Manson was accusing the haters of making fun of a grieving mother, she was busy throwing her good friend under the bus and laying the whole Louisiana shit show at her feet.  To Manson’s way of thinking, that was when all hell broke loose as far as haters becoming vocal.  Even though I’d been digging and keeping track for quite some time before, the first actual blog post about them was during this time and I wasn’t the only voice speaking out.  It makes me super excited for when this all finally hits court because Manson is going to shift the blame any direction she can and we know that Romney Faye is yappy as shit too.  It will be glorious.  I can just taste the popcorn already!

Kelsey’s turn under the bus from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

Do you notice how Manson qualifies saying shitty things about people by saying they are still friends but she’s separating her friendship from business or something?  No Manson, you’re talking shit about your friends and laying blame at their feet when they are not around to defend themselves.  She also talked a lot of shit on Kim Roeh, including claiming she practically raised her son.  I’m going to leave the obvious snark about that statement up to your imagination.  Too easy.

The Mean Girls of HiCaliber from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

Manson isn’t the only mean girl of the crew.  Here we have Amanduh and Skeletor joining in on the cuntiness by complaining about how somebody breathes.  The person in question being a volunteer that came and did chores while they all sat on their asses and lived rent free.  How dare she!  I mean maybe she was drunk, but I’m sure it wasn’t like she was rolling around on the pool deck licking salsa off the ground or anything. You also hear Manson chiming in the background about her `Chiclets’ and, I have to say this is a minor dig on appearance compared to some of the other things they said about other people on this audio.  Things I won’t release because I feel they could harm the people involved, but let’s just say Manson engages in her share of body shaming as well.

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I swear this post was already half done when Manson posted this ridiculousness the other day.  It’s almost like i was prescient with the clips I was working on. Paying it forward?  Biggest cheerleader?  Oh hell no!  A more accurate statement would be that she’s the `friend’ who will eventually turn against you and use every secret you confided in her as a weapon.  That is when she’s not talking shit behind your back.  As she shifts her focus to all things penis, let’s not forget what brought us all together.  While she posts her dick pic du jour,  people don’t seem to notice yet another horse or yet another dog she’s manifested on a very small property.  I have no intention on launching  a save the penis campaign but I damn sure am not going to sit on my hands while she attempts to grift her way back into exploiting horses again.  We all know the routine.  Draw in the followers by posting a trending topic or something smutty, lubricate them with juvenile humor or oversharing and then hit them with the big ask.  It’s the end of the month and rent is due.  While Manson figures out her next grift,  I’ll work on our next round…Stay salty, my friends!

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A few weeks later than intended, but finally we’re ready to start a new series (maybe) in the Grifter Chronicles.  There’s been a lot of back and forth about releasing this stuff and what it might accomplish compared to what the `cost’ of it might be.  Basically, as we sit here in this holding pattern waiting for the AG to do their thing, I’ve noticed complacency, despair, disgust and all sorts of other negative feelings floating around the advocates.  The 4 million dollar lawsuit going out with a whimper didn’t really help although that was never going to put much of a dent in the tinfoil that doubles as Manson’s armor.  So with those things in mind, coupled with Manson manifesting way too many `ex’ HiCaliber horses lately, it’s probably time to show a few cards that I’ve had up my sleeves.  By no means is this all I have up my sleeves, but maybe it will remind people of the evil that was allowed to flourish under the pretense of saving horses.  Maybe it will help keep the pressure on these agencies to do their jobs before we have another CERF or SLER sized mess on our hands. I want y’all to take a look at these short clips and we’ll talk about how they came to be after.  Without further ado, here it is straight from the mouths of the grifters themselves…

Squirrel is an asshole from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

Remember Squirrel (JC: Summer Soprano)?  Such a pretty mare that had plenty of offers for a home during her incarceration with HiCaliber but she never made it out alive.  Was it because she as an`asshole’ as Skeletor is heard saying on this audio or became Amanduh decided she wasn’t suitable for a trail horse?  Whatever the reason, I think this shows the kind of `compassion’ she was subjected to in her final days.  Hard to imagine a kind hand or comfort given the attitude on display. RIP Squirrel

curtis from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

Here we have Manson admitting that Curtis didn’t need to die and was a healthy horse.  That wasn’t quite the story she told her villagers back when he died.  I did mention his passing in this post in November 2017.  I didn’t have all the details on his passing then that this little clip provides including that his euthanasia didn’t go so well.  They allege that is because he was chemically euth’d.  RIP Curtis.

`What I don’t disclose….’ from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

This clip is a bit more damning as far as what the AG will think.  In it Manson admits that she already had purchased the horses she paraded in front of the village in her version of `the truck is coming’ high pressure grifting.  In other words, put a deadline on their head to inspire people to dig deeper.  It’s outright fraudulent fundraising and we have Manson admitting to it.

watson from Barn Brat on Vimeo.

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Our last clip for today is Manson discussing Watson.  If you recall, Watson was a very mangled horse that showed up in the parking lot at Ontario the same day Chrome did.  This was all at the same time they manifested Johnny Cade from Misner.  We talked briefly about Watson and the others (Sylvia was killed that day too) in this post including videos of how horrible of shape they were in.  Now we come to find out that two of them had bullets in their heads within minutes of the last dollar rolling in.  No vet to assess and sign off, just Manson in a rage if the other videos that day were anything to go by.

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Part of my dilemma about posting these clips is that the wrong people are probably going to take the blame.  I know Manson and her barnacles all read here so I need her to understand that while she was busy looking for blue bottles she probably didn’t think to check for gum under her chair.  While we’re on the subject of blue bottles, while they all fixated on one person with a water bottle, there was a team of people they never identified that you might say are professionals when it comes to blending in and being inconspicuous.  You never know where these people might be or where ears and eyes may be around, even now.  So yeah, one of her inner circles might take the hit, but I figure if they’re still in bed with Manson, that’s fair game. We won’t let her slither off into the sunset to rise again.  So, saddle up folks, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover and I think even Manson’s remaining villagers will find what she has to say when she thinks the cameras are off quite enlightening.  Until next time…

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You know the old saying about there being two sides to every story with the truth lying somewhere in the middle?  That’s probably important to keep in mind when reading today’s post.  Some readers are going to be pissed off at me for it and I really don’t care.  I’ve mulled this over for quite awhile.  I’ve done a lot of digging.  I’ve had it sitting around marinating for months and keep coming back to it.  While HiCaliber is the common denominator in this situation, it only minimally involves them beyond the old birds of a feather deal, but there are a few familiar `birds’ in this flock besides HiCaliber. If you’re looking for snark, this probably isn’t the post for you.  If you’re tacking up for another long campaign, I really hope this isn’t it either.  I just felt the need to document a few things that have bothered me (and others) for quite some time.  In light of the recent shit show out of Kaufman regarding the 25 yearlings from Bartons this is timely and now the whole CERF situation, it is indicative of an elephant in the room with Thoroughbred aftercare.  I’ll get to that in a bit though. For now, put on your thinking caps and follow along.  This is gonna get weird.

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Rented Cop had a rather undistinguished racing career, never recovering his purchase price or even winning out his conditions .  Still, he toiled away at various SoCal tracks between 2009 to 2012.  While he started off in Maiden Special Weight company racing at tracks like Hollywood Park and Del Mar, he wound up his career racing for a $2000 tag at Los Alamitos.  Looking at his form, it is clear he likely had some issues as there are large gaps between some of his races with one of those spanning 15 months, not even racing at all in 2010 before being brought back by the same connections.  All this is easily looked up by anybody.  What happened to Rented Cop since his last start on January 29, 2012 is where things get a bit complicated.  It’s obvious he broke down to some degree that day as he was vanned off.  The next time he is traceable was the above post which was made on April 2, 2012.

 

Rented Cop, soon renamed `Pepsi’ ended up at Premier Equine Rehab within days of being rescued.  There was mention of a fractured sesamoid in one post and he appeared in remarkably good condition for a horse that allegedly came from a feed lot situation. Obviously a cute horse, he generated a fair amount of interest according to Jenny Earhart aka Premier Equine Rehab and was adopted out within a month.  I should probably note that PER was not a 501c3 at the time but did take in OTTBs for rehab/rehoming.  In a perfect world, this should have been Pepsi’s happily ever after and the most anybody should have heard of him from there on out should have been cheery updates, if that.  I wish that was the case.

 

Even though Pepsi’s adoption was announced all the way back in May of 2012, he was pictured still at Jenny’s ranch and listed as `in rehab’ September.  I do not know if his original adoption went through or if he was returned due to soundness issues.  It would be easy enough to give the benefit of doubt if this was all there was on Pepsi.  Sadly, the plot thickens.

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By October of that same year, Pepsi was announced as being adopted again.  I guess the fact that he was adopted as a trail horse means whatever landed him in rehab earlier was no longer an issue or at least patched over.

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In January 2014, Pepsi was still alive and well, even if not quite in the same shape as he was upon intake.  Again, it’s easy to give the benefit of the doubt as horses fresh off the track are usually in peak physical condition as far as coat, weight and fitness.  Even injured horses like Pepsi are still going to look good fresh off the track and they will look much different when they fall out of fitness.  I am not entirely sure where he was when this pic was taken or if he was still with his adopters.  Sadly, the next time Pepsi showed up on the radar, there would be no benefit of the doubt as to his condition.

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The next time Pepsi shows up on the radar he is emaciated and part of the Fallen herd. For those of you that haven’t been following the HiCaliber shitshow for years, the Fallen `rescue’ happened in February of 2015 and was a large scale rescue of mostly OTTBS out of Nevada.  It was also the beginning of the end for HiCaliber as it seemed to be the turning point of where greed took over.  However, that’s another issue for another day…or not.  From what I am told, he was only at HiCaliber long enough for Jenny Earhart to pick him back up and HiCaliber merely transported him or her.  So, a bit of a number fudge for them to count him as one of their rescues, but that shouldn’t surprise anybody.

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Barely a few months later, Pepsi is adopted out once again.  Surely, this would be the one that stuck and gave this horse a soft landing.  Nope…

 

 

Yet again, Pepsi shows up in trouble.  In December 2016 Pepsi showed up at Mike’s Auction.  Auction Horses listed him as an `Appendix type’.  Thankfully, he was spotted by another rescue and Ms Earhart arranged to have him bought back…AGAIN.

Once Pepsi was back in her possession, Jenny did a bit of damage control and assured her followers he was finally safe.  However there are a few red flags in this little post not the least of which is that she slid in there that he had actually run through auction prior to showing up at Mike’s.  Rather than enforce her contract, she elected to let him go for $800 to an alleged good home with no contract. Wow. The other problem with her post was the whole broken ankle excuse and saying he had been gone out of her possession since 2012.  The above screen shots show that is clearly not the case.  That horse bounced back and forth between adoptive homes several times according to her own posts.  I’m not sure if this post was intentionally vague, but it almost shifts some of the blame to HiCaliber as `the other rescue that seized’ the Fallen horses.  She neglects to mention she picked the horse up from them the very same day and it was she, not HiCaliber that adopted him out.  For once, and only this once, they actually don’t have any blame in this situation.  (we’ll return to their habitual fuckery on the next post). Let’s also not forget that back in 2012, when Jenny now says she turned Pepsi over to Fallen, her earlier posts had said he had been adopted out as a trail horse. So where is Pepsi now?  Sadly his ending was not a happy one.

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Pepsi’s next stop was a sanctuary/rehab place in Mount Shasta.  The above communication is from their founder (No, the email was not to me) and tells us that Pepsi was put to sleep and the condition he was actually in.  Hardly surprising given the number of homes this horse cycled through after falling through the cracks on a regular basis.  I get that mistakes happen and that some adoptions don’t work out, but how many times does one horse have to hit a bad home from the same rescue? I wish I could say this is an isolated issue with Premier Equine Rehab but that does not seem to be the case.

Remember how I mentioned that at any given time I have several posts rattling around my draft folder in various states of doneness?  This is one of those posts.  I have literally been following up on this stuff for years as the odd disturbing things hits my radar.  The above screen shots were the first thing about Premier Equine Rehab and Jenny Earhart that lifted my eyebrow.  Michael Gipson is  a POS kill buyer.  For whatever reason, he went all in on the fact that Jenny sent horses to him in the past and he made them disappear.  I don’t know if that is true or not.  One one hand, Jenny denies this, but on the other hand Gipson insists it’s true.  Neither one of them are well blessed with integrity so it’s  tough to say.  I’m merely laying this out for other people to make up their own minds on it. Maybe something more current will help them with that?

I am told that PER operates out of three, possibly 4 locations.  The above pictures were taken at her Norco location in March.  This is in line with what I have been told from more than one source about the level of care the less than high profile `saves’ get up until they vanish.  What generally happens is that pictures are taken when the horses are fresh off the track and looking great and that’s it.  Many of them disappear.  I’m sure some are placed in adoptive homes or flipped or whatever. PER doesn’t really do a lot of updates on horses after intake.  I’ve already posted about PER offering up a rescue horse as a broodmare all the way back in September of last year.  I said then that there were some things bothering me about them and it seems to just keep piling up.

Does anybody remember this old buckskin stud that Manson manifested last June?  He appeared to come from Salvador’s place or one of the usual suppliers anyhow.  The village idiots dutifully handed over their lunch money for him (there was another fundraiser showing close to $500 for him) even though he promptly went to Premier Equine Rehab.  Naturally they asked for money for him as well which is totally normal for a rescue to do.  The only problem is where is that horse now?  He’s dead and he was dead very shortly after arriving at PER.  Was he one of the trailer corpses?  I have no way of knowing, but apparently that’s a thing with PER.

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I’m sure most of you have seen the horrible publicity racing has been getting lately.  Actually racing always gets more than its fair share of bad publicity and it’s not always deserved.  Right now, aside from the breakdowns at Santa Anita, there is a a lot of propaganda going with the slaughter issue at racetracks.  If you were to believe the mainstream media, horses are walking straight off the track to slaughter and that’s rarely, if ever the case.  Thoroughbreds actually make up a very small percentage of horses shipping to slaughter and the ones that show up in kill pens have often been off the track for years.  The problem is that they are easily identifiable due to their tattoos.  Because they are a higher profile breed and stir up a lot of emotion in people they can often make it rain as far as funding when you do pluck one from a kill buyer.  What many people fail to realize is that the race industry takes an anti slaughter stance and many tracks have anti slaughter policies in place.  Such is the case in southern California.  All Magna Entertainment owned tracks have adopted an anti slaughter policy that states: ” any trainer or owner stabling at an MEC facility who directly or indirectly participates in the transport of a horse from a MEC facility to either a slaughterhouse or an auction house engaged in selling horses for slaughter will be prohibited from having stalls at any MEC facility.”  You can read article about it at this link.  This is all well and good as far as  being able to say that the industry is taking an anti-slaughter stance, but it’s all just for show in some ways.  The people that are ethical and would never send a horse to slaughter or a flipper don’t need those policies to do the right thing.  They do the right thing because they care.  The ones that don’t care find a way around it and this has created racetrack rescuers/ horse launderers.

I’m not saying that every person or organization that takes in OTTBs or even specializes in them are shady.  They aren’t.  There are a lot of really good organizations that deal with aftercare for OTTBs.  Then there are the ones that are the middlemen.  The ones that exist to launder OTTBs.  They take in a lot of OTTBs and aren’t as discriminate where they go.  If they can rehome them, great, if not…well, there are ways to make them disappear and they are the layer between the racing connections and the `bad home’.  That way if the horses do turn up in a kill pen or on a truck that flipped over, they don’t trace back to the track connections.  The `rescue’ takes the blame and creates a plausible explanation for how that happens and makes sure the next lot they send, direct ships.  Trust me, this happens and nobody wants to admit it or talk about it.  How I’m told this happens is these horses are `retired’ with supportive funds.  I’m told that this may or may not be the case with PER.  I don’t know myself with 100% certainty.  I do know that where there is smoke there is usually fire, or at least a spark smoldering, and for some reason I get inboxed about this rescue with increasing regularity.  I am by no means saying burn them at the stake, but I am saying to ask questions.  People should be able to ask respectful questions to any rescue and if 2 + 2 isn’t giving you 4 then ask more.  The HiCaliber mess was years of inconsistencies and red flags for so many people and got so far out of control.  We’re still putting out those fires and will be for the foreseeable future.   I know that you can usually judge people by the company they keep and this seems to apply to PER.  No, I’m not talking about Maggot because she’s nobody, but I am talking about the track connections, the trainer that signed Jenny’s license and the smoke around him.  I’m talking about the HiCaliber connection which would be a whole other post just for that.  She takes in a lot of horses all the time.  She just participated in that large rescue of CERF horses.  Where is the follow up on every horse?  Where is Kenny from HiCaliber and so many others?  Why is PER listed with Guidestar in Colorado instead of California? All I’m saying is ask questions and make up your own minds.  There is a bigger story here that has little to nothing to do with PER, but this is a start.  Somewhere in the middle of all this lies the truth.

 

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You know what?  It’s probably going to be a frosty Friday in hell before I ever get around to finishing off some of the posts I’ve been working on.  It’s not because they aren’t important, but rather The Manson Family, being the cockroaches they are, just will not stop grifting.  I knew it as soon as I saw that last post I shared that Manson was dipping her toe in to see if the idiots were ready to dig deep.  Ever since then it’s been a fucking  grift-o-rama of emotional manipulation and begging. Thankfully, our birds are out in full force so I’ll update you and then we’ll figure out how to chop the head off this snake before it gets out of control again.  I’m not even going to bother sugar-coating any of this or playing nice.  Enough is enough.  Buckle up, because if you have the smallest shred of compassion and common decency, you’re going to be pissed too.

In the last post, I showed how Manson has been testing the waters to see if she can go on another horse killing spree for dollars.  Apparently,  the few dollars offered to her over that situation emboldened her because we were quickly treated to a rather lengthy, and emotionally manipulative post about how she shot Barry Boi in the face, complete with a $2000 gofraudme campaign.  I guess cremation costs a whole bunch more than back when she was begging for dollars to memorialize Johnny Cade after she and her minions tortured and killed him.  We were all asked to suspend disbelief and logic and overlook the fact that there were no current pictures of the kid with Barry Boi, due to the fact she had long ago lost interest in him.  We were also supposed to overlook the fact that even though Manson 30% diagnosed him as having a stroke `last fall’, there was a picture of him at the Bonsall property looking very un-strokelike.  In fact, the horse was lame and they were too lazy to manage him, but why let him slip away without making some extra dollars off him? The grift was on.  I’m pretty sure the picture of his balls, probably long since consumed by the Manson family, was just her way to make sure Barry Boi didn’t pass with too much dignity.  Apparently, the village idiots had money burning holes in their pocket as they quickly ponied up the requested $2000 for a pictures (seriously wtf) and frames to go along with a box of ashes they won’t ever see.  In the midst of that mess, there was a fuckton of anthropomorphizing on Manson’s part and apparently prescience on Barry Boi’s part.  It seems that Manson felt like she under asked so she quickly used that sad situation and her daughter’s alleged grief for a more open-ended ask and the horse from our last post, was quickly manifested.  This is where it gets extremely off pissing.

 

BTW, the update she said she would post for the public page consisted of a years old picture of Tanner the horse and a post about his penis complete with her immature and rude responses when people ask why he is still not gelded.  Apparently the horse that belonged to HiCaliber is now her personal horse that she can do with what she likes.  I hope she’s got a solid paper trail on her personally supporting him while she’s at it.  Maybe Romney Faye is throwing some change towards that now that she’s back Dumbass Darrell’s dick and found another special needs child to round out her income. Life is good for the ExCalibers!

This is the mare from the previous post.  She has clearly deteriorated in body condition since Manson first knew about her.  She is now emaciated, covered in sores likely from where her poor bones created pressure laying down and her feet haven’t had any attention in some time.  Her pasterns are dropped and that situation clearly hasn’t been managed on any level.  We’ve heard this about Manson before.  She likes these horses to linger until they are pitiful enough to shake the coins loose from her village.  So, not only has she known about this horse for long enough for this animal to deteriorate significantly, she has also protected the person that is directly responsible for her current condition.  Rather than do the right thing and reach out to another rescue or animal control, she has done nothing.  Nada.  She is an accomplice to the condition of this horse and she’s still not done exploiting her for dollars.  We gotta toss in the kid for some more emotional manipulation.   Instead of telling it like it is, the horse killing grifter becomes `just a mom trying to help her family heal’.  She conveniently overlooks that the situation she finds herself in is a result of her own poor choices, greed and just pure fucking evil.  What hasn’t occurred to her yet is the fact that she has even less of a leg to stand on as far as protecting these people, diagnosing the horses and killing them than she did when she was hiding behind her rescue.  If she truly wanted her kids to continue `helping’ horses she’d take them to a real rescue to volunteer.  Maybe they’d learn what actual horse people behave like rather than opportunistic assholes like their mother is.

Here you have many of your usual morons crawling up Manson’s ass and becoming moist at the prospect of another mangled horse to kill.  Let’s not overlook the big lie from Manson.  She tells them just what they want to hear and the message to take forward. Forget that the same person had this horse when she wasn’t in such bad condition, because in Manson’s narrative, they are not the abusers and it’s merely a cultural difference and these poor people are so afraid.  MY ASS.  May I remind you all that I put the offer out to Manson that we would help this horse over a week ago.  That was sincere and that was legit.  We still have a place for this horse, but there was never a response because that was never Manson’s goal.  It didn’t serve her needs because, with Manson, the horse is never first and referring her on to people that will actually help this horse does not keep Manson in eyelashes and burritoes.

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Same horse, different day. The difference between griftable and savable.

 

 

So here we are again watching Manson protect the very people who neglect and abuse horses while she wrings every last possible penny out of their broken bodies.  How long did this mare suffer before Manson figured she was far gone enough for maximum financial benefit and to parade in front of her village idiots?  What happened to the other horse she alluded to in the initial post?  While we’re at it, whatever happened to so many of the broken wraiths she dangled in front of the village near the end but never actually manifested when the interest was lackluster?  This has to stop.  Yesterday.  Speak up and speak out.  Light up the phone lines or whatever else you can think of to get action.  I’ve not often preached that to people, but now that she’s got a place to start hoarding again it behooves every advocate to nip this in the bud.  While the investigations are still active, and believe me they are, animals continue to suffer and be exploited to support  Manson and Wrinkles in their quest to never work another day in their life.  I’d say honest day but I’m not sure either one of them have the capacity for that or ever did.  As much as I hate to say it, this is the tip of the iceberg as far as what’s hit my inbox this week when it comes to The Manson Family antics.  I guess our break is over.  Much more to come…

 

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As promised, I am finally getting a chance to deal with some other things that have been kicking around on the back burner for a while.  If you’re here for HiCaliber fuckery, this isn’t the post for you.  If you’re here for drama, this probably won’t be the post for you either.  You see, once upon a time, this blog was about no one thing and certainly not even a little bit about HiCaliber.  What it was about was a lot about slaughter and other issues in equine welfare that I felt like posting about at any given time.  Those were the good old days and aside from the odd troll here and there, things were relatively peaceful and slower paced back then.  I do realize that you can’t put a genie back in the bottle, but after almost 2 years of pretty much all HiCaliber, all the time and all the drama and histrionics that entails, it’s time to focus elsewhere for now.  Believe it or not there is a great big horse community beyond Southern California and not every horse in trouble is easily found at an auction or with a `notorious’ flipper.  Sometimes the threat comes from within and sometimes they walk among us.  So, with that in mind, let’s talk about an issue that is troubling to many advocates right now.  Let’s talk about The Right Horse Initiative.

 

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I wanna say it was about a year or so ago that I first heard of The Right Horse Initiative.  Even from the get go, I looked at it with a very jaundiced eye.  You know the old saying about if something sounds too good to be true?  It would seem to apply here.

The Right Horse Initiative has the primary goal of increasing the number of horses adopted annually nationwide and a secondary goal of providing more resources in communities to horse owners….will focus on training transition horses for placement in equine-assisted therapy, beginner horsemanship programs or other placement opportunities. The goal of this project is to create an infrastructure in which transition horses receive the care and training required for them to prime candidates for non-traditional adoption or placement opportunities in therapy and/or beginner riding programs.

Sounds pretty awesome, right?  Increasing adoptions and community resources is something we should all be able to get on board with.  Well, get ready for red flag #1 of many.  RHI is piloting a program that sees rescues which they now refer to as `adoption groups’, bringing their `horses in transition’ to regional training hubs.  They claim they will make these horses `better trained and more desirable’ which will allow them to be cycled through quicker.  The exact verbiage they use is “this increases movement in all the adoption centers and decreases their length of stay while increasing their ability to take on additional horses in transition.”  Movement. Interesting phrasing.  It’s almost like they are talking about product rather than sentient beings.  Still, if this was the only issue, it would be down to semantics.  Sadly, it’s not the only issue.

 

For those readers that have been with me since BHC (Before HiCaliber), you might remember the shit show that was United Horsemen under Sue Wallis and Dave Duquette.  Their main mission was to make horse meat happen in America under the guise of giving a shit about the welfare of animals.  One of the ways they tried to ram this down the throats of the horse community was the Equine Rescue & Rejuvenation Program.  I talked about it all the way back in 2012 on this post. Basically, what they were telling people they wanted to do was have a central hub where people surrendered horses.  There, they would be assessed for health, soundness and trainability and then horses they deemed suitable would enter their program.  The rest would go straight to a proposed slaughter plant on the very same property.  Make no mistake, the mission for Dave and Suey was to get slaughter up and running and the whole rescue facet of this program was basically the bread of the shit sandwich they were serving.

“To rehabilitate horses from an unwanted and at-risk status to a healthy and functional status. We will identify horses with potential, teach them skills, and then offer them to the public. Horses that can be trained, or re-trained for new purposes, will be sold. Horses that demonstrate suitability for purposes such as non-profit therapeutic riding or youth programs will be made available to those groups at little or no cost.”

Am I the only one not finding the  United Horsemen’s failed ERRP and RHI mission statements eerily similar?  To be fair, RHI is not openly advocating for slaughter.  What they are offering is `end of life services’ and on the surface that’s not a bad thing.  I am not now, nor have I ever been anti necessary euthanasia.  I think the problem with proposed programs like this is that people get euth happy and, RHI seems to place their emphasis on a horse’s ability to be ridden. Most rescues don’t have a huge issue placing good riding horses.  That hasn’t classically been the problem area in rescue. From the rescues I have spoken to and dealt with, it’s the pasture puffs and senior horses that are harder to place and I don’t really see RHI addressing this beyond euthanasia.

 

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Another red flag, I have with RHI is the money getting thrown around.  They are funded by Watershed Animal Fund which is a division of the Arnall Family Foundation.  There seems to be no shortage of cash and they have some rather generous grants available for adoption innovations.  For 2019, there are two 25k grants and another for up to 50k.  I don’t know about you, but that kinda money tends to buy some loyalty.  Who wouldn’t put the RHI logo on their social media if it meant that kind of cash?  This is where it gets a bit gray and scary for me.  On the surface, it’s completely awesome for a rescue to get a grant of that size, but at what ultimate cost?  As far as I can tell, if you get the grant, they kinda own you for at least the next 18 months.

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A quick glance at RHI’s listed partners is a major cause for concern.  A few of the orgs listed such as NRHA, Equus Film Festival have direct ties to Protect The Harvest which, as most of you know, is one of the major lobby groups working on bringing back slaughter.  PTH is also where Duquette landed after Suey fell off her perch.  Like RHI, they also like to throw a lot of money around.  Equine Sciences at Colorado State is another partner and they lean to the pro slaughter side of things as well.  Of the five vets listed on RHI’s advisory council, at least three of them are said to be pro-slaughter, Dr. Tom Lenz being notoriously so.  Noticing a pattern here?

 

 

 

In the interest of full disclosure, RHI categorically denies any ties to Protect the Harvest.  That could be true, but as we have come to find out, PTH’s tentacles reach far and wide and their logo shows up at all sorts of industry events that you wouldn’t expect them to *cough*EquusFilmFesitval*cough*  What I find most interesting about this little threat message is that they do not take a firm anti slaughter stance.  They don’t really take any stance at all, but rather indicate that they’ll get in bed with anybody to push their agenda.  That’s how I’m reading the highlighted portion anyhow.  BTW, this wasn’t sent to me and it’s been posted in many places so let’s not be suing another innocent person in the next attempt to unmask me.  That’s getting kinda old.

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This is just scraping the surface of my concerns with RHI.  There already is a group of advocates that have laid out many of the issues on social media.  You can check them out on this Facebook page.   They go into far more detail than I have here and will happily answer any questions people may have.  I realize that all of this might seem like much ado about nothing or, at the very least, not much, but if I have learned one thing in the past couple of years it is to ask questions if things don’t feel quite right.  The response to those questions usually tell you if it’s worth a closer look.  I am deeply concerned that The Right Horse Initiative is buying support and, at best, not addressing the issues that will go a long way to improving the conditions for all horses.  By not taking an anti-slaughter stance and partnering with pro slaughter orgs and individuals, I worry about what is to come should they gain a strong foothold in the rescue community.  There as many ways to `rescue’ as there are rescues, but a common thread should be that the horse comes first and the focus should never be on quantity over quality.  Packaging it all up with feel good terms like `horses in transition’ is just lip service.  If you want to improve conditions for all horses then get behind the legislation that will CHANGE things for them once and for all.  Lean on your lawmakers to enforce existing laws and lobby for ones that have more teeth.  We need to focus on the cause rather than putting bandaids on symptoms and, as true advocates, we should always be working our way out of a `job’.  What I see with RHI is a lot of people making rescue a business and that may just be the road to ruin.

 

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