Investigation underway, Horse Died after a local trainer was captured on video abusing it

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Facebook and other social sites are roaring with a disturbing video that shows a local horse trainer known as Forest Stearns using some unethical training techniques on a pack horse.

In the video, you can see Stearns just finish tying the horse stretched out on the dirt by its back legs.
You can hear the horse intensely wrestle as Stearns walk around.
By looking at the ground under the horse as well as the blood on his rear it looks like he was struggling for some time even before the video was taken.

In the video, you can see Stearns just finish tying the horse stretched out on the dirt by its back legs.
You can hear the horse intensely wrestle as Stearns walk around.
By looking at the ground under the horse as well as the blood on his rear it looks like he was struggling for some time even before the video was taken.

Statements from people that witnessed the ordeal said that the horse was tied that way for more than five hours suffering until it eventually died of heart failure.

A potential animal cruelty case is being investigated by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office. The animal care and control officer from the department, Deputy Doug Raffelson is in control of the investigation. He contacted some experts in the industry as well as questioned some of the witnesses.
In assistance with the investigation, Dr. Theo Schuff from the Fish Creek Veterinary Clinic is performing an autopsy on the horse. Contact has been made with the Wyoming State Board as well as the Wyoming Livestock Board.

“Sometimes horses are dropped to the ground in a procedure that comprise of hobbling”

There is a fine line between harsh training techniques and animal cruelty and various horsemen utilize different training techniques.
Sometimes horses are dropped to the ground in a procedure that comprises of hobbling where the back leg of the animal is tied to its stomach and then tipped over to the floor.
Occasionally this can be used to shoe a difficult horse, but it was also used to show dominance over a horse by older generation training.

In today’s world there is much kinder way’s of breaking in a horse so if you don’t know anything about the earlier day’s then some of the older training techniques can easily be seen as cruelty where they use intimidation and fear but these are now more considered antique methods. Still, with the way, social media is today photos and short videos sometimes don’t tell the entire story.

The world-famous horse whisperer and trainer Grant Golliher who co-owns the Diamond Cross Ranch was asked what he thinks about the video and had the following to say :
“As a horseman with over 50 years of experience, both from the old school and the new, I view this method of training as unacceptable, unnecessary and cruel. While not one to stick my nose into other people’s business, I couldn’t help but be troubled to watch this video and felt sorry for the horse. Sometimes out of frustration and even desperation, we as humans resort to inhumane practices, some of which I was guilty of myself before I learned a better way. Ignorance is usually the culprit.”
His wife Jane Golliher said the following :
J“I grew up with horses and my dad trained the old way, but it was nothing like this. This video is brutal, ignorant and unthinkable. I am not surprised that the horse died.”

“I stuck a phone in his face and demanded an explanation. And I asked to see the horse,”

a Local Robin Winters that know Stearns from school confronted Stearns after she saw the video online and said this :
“I stuck a phone in his face and demanded an explanation. And I asked to see the horse,” Winters said.
Stearns apparently said to Winters the horse wasn’t there anymore. He was taken to Pinedale to be ridden. After a long discussion, Stearns then alleged that he shot the horse.
“I left and talked to a few people around there who watched the incident. They said they saw the horse lying there lifeless after six hours of torture.”
She then decided to go back to Stearns and told him that she heard a different story than what he is telling her.

“He had a hose out and was scrubbing blood off the pack saddle I assume the dead horse was wearing,” Winters said. “I told him people around there saw the horse lying there dead. ‘Fine, he said, the horse died of a fucking heart attack. Are you happy now?” She also said that Stearns told her he had to discipline the horse after he kicked a farrier when he was trying to shoe him.

“He had a hose out and was scrubbing blood off the pack saddle I assume the dead horse was wearing,” Winters said. “I told him people around there saw the horse lying there dead. ‘Fine, he said, the horse died of a fucking heart attack. Are you happy now?” She also said that Stearns told her he had to discipline the horse after he kicked a farrier when he was trying to shoe him.

WARNING, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE A SENSITIVE PERSON.



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