See this gorgeous OTTB? This is the only pic of him as he has now been shipped off for slaughter……and at the end this post, we will do something we usually don’t, we will point a finger at someone we believe is personally responsible for this animal NOT being saved.
As many of our readers know, we strive to be honest and research to find the truth. There has been a crazy amount accusation against those who work to prevent good riding horses from ending up leaving our country and end up in a slaughter house in Canada. It is their belief; these horses deserve to find a good home and they are providing a service to let the general public see what horses are available.
We want to make it public knowledge that we support this group and their work. We firmly believe they have every right to present these horses for sale (which is exactly what they do). The FL owner does not want his lot crawling with the public (and quite frankly, he has every right to feel that way. Insurance may prohibit this….we don’t know…but we can see the potential for a dangerous situation to occur such as a novice “I want to save a horse” rider goes into a pen with a horse that may or may not be safe and gets hurt….lawsuits, death….the list of “maybes” could be astronomical). However, the FL owner is kind enough to allow Rebel’s on his lot and they choose to send in one of their assessors. Pics are taken, the horses are featured. And, the lucky ones find homes. But not always are those homes right around the corner. Sometimes the buyers are coming from as far away from WA as Florida. Pretty dang far and the FL owner is not going to house and feed that horse for free. NOR SHOULD HE HAVE TO. Enter the QT and transporters. But again, WHY should they have to do this for free? They shouldn’t. This is the way of the world. You must pay for your house, your food, your car, your gas, etc. Yet the FL owners, the QT ranches, the transporters, & even Rebel’s are expected to do this for FREE if you look at the logic of Miss Fugly. No, they should not. They are NOT a rescue group (though they are doing the right thing) and why should they not be allowed to tag another $25 bucks or so on the price of the horse to cover gas to the lot or their time
This has been bugging the hell out of several of us so we did a little digging and some serious checking around. The following was sent to us via someone who was there. FIRST HAND ACCOUNTING…..and just as we have presented stories of other people wronged by Miss Fugly, her “rescue angels” and the rabid sheep, we are going to do it again. Please read the following story very carefully.
In April, the Rebels Feedlot Sales Group sent an “assessor” to the feedlot to see what was standing there. This is how they work. She found a few that seemed suitable for sale to the public, made a physical inspection, then they called the usual riders and scheduled an appointment with them to come and put the horses through their paces. She took pictures and wrote out a description of each horse then sent them to the web master. Each horse was given a name, posted pictures and the descriptions on the board, then, the Group went to work on writing advertisements.
The horses were listed on April 29, 2010.
They had been working peacefully using these same procedures for over a year, no problems and no complaints until we sold one particular horse.. He was a 3 Year Old, 16+Hh, TB gelding priced at $575. He was a beautiful horse, gentle and willing to please. So we were not surprised to find a buyer for him fairly quickly.
The horse’s name was Frisco.
The buyers purchased Frisco from his legal owner at the Feedlot, loaded him up and took him home. This is when the trouble started.
The buyers turned out to be a Rescue named R.A.C.E. They claimed to be a ‘Splinter group’ of another Rescue named Second Chance Ranch and both groups were frequently mentioned as ‘Acceptable Rescues’ by Miss Fugly herself. As Frisco was an OTTB so he carried a tattoo from his racing days.
Someone read his tattoo, traced his registry and located his last registered owner. The next day the poor woman was the subject of the Fugly blog. Her picture was posted along with the contact information of both her home and her workplace….And the typical Fugly torment began….floods of emails were sent by the rabid sheep, phone calls were made to both her home and her office . We can only imagine the horror she must have suffered at the hands of these ‘unidentified attackers’ before she was given a chance to explain that she had given the horse to a trainer for the purpose of re-training him as a saddle mount. She had no idea that the trainer had sold the horse to someone else or how many people had owned the horse before someone sold him to the Feedlot.
Having said that, she is still vilified by the rabid sheep and Miss Fugly for in their minds, she should never have gotten rid of the horse. (Gosh, sounds kind of like the whole incident with Pete doesn’t it….owner sells a horse, assumes a good home and then because of circumstances beyond the owner’s control, the horse ends up in a bad situation. However, for some reason that we cannot begin to even claim to comprehend, the owner is a horrible person who deserves to be attacked.)….. Reminds us of the Salem Witch Trials.
Anyway, the woman is accused of “dumping her horse at the feedlot” and as most things on the net, it went viral and turned into a terrible gossip filled disease which eventually spread to the track where this horse had raced. The rabid sheep began attacking. And soon the “rescue war” was on and the battle lines were drawn. The well-known trainer had one story, Second Chance Ranch another. Toss in R.A.C.E.’s deception of buying a horse without disclosing who they really were and then the attacks on Rebel’s and you have a huge convoluted mess. From this crazy finger pointing and blame game, the continued frenzy of the mob mentality and the rabid sheep spread to the Feedlot where the owner was subjected to furious phone calls from both the ‘Concerned Citizens’ complaining about his business practices (we know these as Rabid sheep) but he also began getting calls from his clients who were terrified they could be subjected to abuse, threats, and the torment that Frisco’s ex-owner had to subject.
Now, at this point we want to everyone to understand that we again are not going to take a stance on the slaughter debate. But, we will defend the right for anyone to make a living as long as it is NOT illegal. We have previously used the analogy of the tobacco companies being allowed to continue to sell a product that is known to cause death. However, it is NOT illegal for them to make their living at the expense of others and quite frankly, it’s not illegal for any feed lot owner to make a living by selling horses. It’s the way it is.
However, the actions of the Rabid Sheep and their leader, Miss Fugly, caused the feed lot owner to come up with a solution. His answer was simple; if no OTTB’s (or any other animal that can be tracked via tattoos) are rescued, then he and his clients won’t be subjected to the threats, verbal abuse, and online defamation of character he went through along with the trainer, the former owner and everyone else involved. Therefore,
OTTB’s were to be placed under a NR order ( No Rescue) and this is now their fate.
They are not seen, not assessed and have no hope of surviving long beyond the trailer ride that will take them across the border to the slaughter house. Rebel’s will no longer have access to these lovely, deserving creatures now, nor be able to continue to try to get them off the feed lot. They will all die, nameless and unseen by anyone who would love to help them.
Our personal take on this, because of Miss Fugly’s direct action of choosing to “out” the owner of Frisco and encouraging her rabid sheep to go after her and everyone else related to this horse, she has essentially condemned the OTTBs on the feed lot to die. We have all seen from her recent post that she claims to have a soft spot for TB broodmares. If this is true, how on earth can she not see what she has done and stop it. Any normal person, even if they did not want to admit to the world what they have done, how can she look at herself in the mirror and not think “oh crap I screwed up” and then quietly change her ways is beyond us.
But instead, she is continuing to attack innocent people and she has made no bones about publicly criticizing the Rebel’s Feed Lot Group and anyone who is not on her approved list but tries to help horses who are slaughter bound. Quite frankly, we commend them for the way they conduct themselves. They make no bones about the fact they are providing a list of horses that are going to die. THIS IS A FACT. It is NOT the “emotional blackmail” Miss Fugly accuses them of. Yes, they are making the plea to buy these horses fast because they will go to slaughter. It’s not a SCAM………….it’s the reality of it and no matter how you package it, the ugly truth is if the horse is not paid for, it’s slaughter bound. But for some reason, Miss Fugly has deemed this “wrong”. She cites people profiting from their deaths but wait a minute……if the horse is yanked off the lot, it is not going to die. Little confused there, Miss Fugly? She also accuses those working the feed lot sales as preying on people’s emotions to make money. Uh…..ok, so the only difference we see is that they don’t hide the fact if they do make money and they don’t ask for donations under the guise of “rescue”. They are not a 501c3 and they don’t beg for financial help in the form of donations or gifts. They will happily take money anyone offers to get a horse out of the kill pen as that is the reason they exist.
Having said all that, we want to address this issue of dishonesty vs honesty when it comes to “saving” a horse. Rebel’s is honest about where the horse comes from, put a price tag, offer transportation for a fee, and boarding for QT also at a fee. This is pretty much as we stated the way it is. If you buy a horse from a seller but can’t pick it up for a month and you don’t have a trailer, you are going to pay board until you get your horse and you are going to have to pay someone to pick it up (or pay for the gas even if you do own a trailer). The only thing we see the rescues are doing differently is rolling the cost of the board and transportation of the horse from when they acquire it into the price of the horse. And we know for a fact that some rescues DO indeed charge for board once you adopt their horse and if they provide transportation, they charge the adopter as well.
Back to the idea of getting an OTTB, if you are out near Rebel’s you can’t save one from the feed lot anymore thanks to Miss Fugly …But, if you want to buy a TB you can go to Second Chance Ranch, they are ‘stuffed to the rafters’ with OTTBs ……According to her you can now be spared being ‘scammed’ by the Rebels who advertised horse like Frisco for $575 and you can go to SCR and pay their ‘Honest’ prices and give yourself a little pat on the back for helping “rescue” one of their horses.