As my readers know, I've bitched and I've bitched and I've bitched some more about the ignorance of backyard breeders and the irresponsibility of incapable horsemen & women. This one truly personifies all of my bitching and wraps it all up into a cute little black Quarter Horse package. It's a goddamn shame that he had to die. It's a bigger shame that he's been suffering for weeks because of this jackass....
On Tuesday, as I was perusing Facebook instead of focusing on my Research Design class, I noticed that Day Dreams Farm (a close friend of mine) posted a Craigslist ad link. Now I know damn well that Lisa doesn't put things on the DDF wall unless they're well-worth reading...so I clicked, and read this:
m to how ever get him, He is sweet I had to bottel feed him for the frist 3 days of his life, he now is 2 months old and still need alot of help as his dam dosen't let him nurse very much. I would like to get want we owe the vet $475.00 out of him if some one paid that I just might give a app for reg to them. the vet said he could be fix with a 50/50 % chance of him walking on it right he can run with out a prob but walking he is very slow and lays around alot. He is the great grandson of Peppy San Badger on Top side and Three Bars on botton and is a 20% linebred THREE BARS QH.."
I don't have the remainder of the original listing because by the time I got enough anger built up to fire off a blog, the posting had been deleted. I also don't have the original picture from the ad itself...in that picture, you see a relatively-newborn black colt with a very grotesquely-misshapen cannon bone (CANNON, not "canna") on the front right and a strange, but not clearly discernible angle on the left front fetlock. Nowhere in the ad do they take CLEAR, easily-viewable photos of this colt's condition.
Now I have several major issues with this ignorant excuse for a human being right off the bat. First, grammar. Some of you know that I consider the ability to use proper grammar when writing an ad NUMERO UNO when considering a human being's rights to survive and reproduce in this world. This chick is so abhorrently awful, she herself should probably be euthanized. Had someone actually DONE this, this colt may have never been brought into the world, and the world as a whole would be a better place.
Secondly, OH LOOK, he has Three Bars! Big fucking deal. 85% of quarter horses these days have Three Bars if you trace them back far enough. AND she wants to negotiate and him-haw around about whether or not she's going to give the new owner a registration application? Really, bitch? Is that what makes him worth $475? Or is it just because she's too goddamn cheap and stupid to consider the ramifications of her decision to breed shit to shit just to make shit that MIGHT be able to run around a barrel, except that now she has a crippled baby and a vet bill she apparently 'can't afford', so she wants someone else to buy her mistake to bail her out of the mess she made? By the way, yes, I know she barrel races. Fortunately for me, I have a few contacts on that side of the state and it didn't take me long to learn that she brings skinny, wormy, neglected horses to speed shows and barrel races all in the name of....well, I don't know if she does it for fun, but she apparently doesn't give a flying fuck about the welfare of her horses. Now I find out she has a stallion of her own? Well that's great fucking news! Heads up, you pathetic excuse for a human being, you already have a TERRIBLE reputation over there, and now, thanks to your Craigslist mistake, it's spread over here! I'd suggest selling everything and looking into permanent birth control methods, for the good of mankind.
But, alas, back to the foal itself (who had NO name, by the way, Lisa's nine year old son named him Jackson as they buried his body yesterday). Lisa and one of her closest supporters, Mary, drove ALL the way to Kalamazoo yesterday to pick up this little guy, and brought him back to her vet's office in the back of her Suburban. Would the owner sign him over free & clear to the rescue? No. The $475 was DONATED by a Day Dreams supporter to bail this guy out of the shithole life he'd had thus far. Talk about greedy. I will say this, Lisa is absolutely brilliant in that she paid the VET directly instead of giving money to these sorry excuses for breeders. Anyway, so they take this little man right to the vet for treatment and xrays. The "canna" bone on the right front is looking considerably better, actually, but the fetlock is broken in not one, but TWO different places...essentially shattered.
This picture was taken upon Lisa & Mary's arrival to the farm. THIS is that fetlock....
Now, you tell me, what RESPONSIBLE breeder leaves an ankle looking like THAT unwrapped and untreated? How do I know its untreated? Because, my dear Lisa, in her infinite wisdom, called the treating vet today for a little more insight into this woman's mindset. These are Lisa's words:
"It's taken me a while to get my head together to sit down and write my feelings surrounding the last 24 hours. For as horrible as that pic the owner posted looked, he actually had a good prognosis. I talked to the vet today. She said he had contracted tendons. She saw him 2 times within the first four days of his life. She braced him and told her to remove the braces in a few days to check for sores. She was instructed to call the vet if the braces needed to be put on longer, but she never made that call. His ankle was NOT damaged in any way and she called the owner SEVERAL times to follow up with him, but her calls weren't returned. But, the fact is, she wanted to sell him as a barrel horse and if he couldn't do that, he was worth nothing to her. She kept claiming that the vet saw him and said he would just heal on his own, but we now know that is a lie. "
This new information baffles me. What possesses someone to allow an innocent young creature like this colt to suffer for WEEKS? Did she just not see him every time she walked into the barn? This injury could have been repaired and potentially healed to make this colt into a perfectly fine "THREE BARS-BRED!" trail-sound mount one day, but by the time Lisa and Mary could get to him, he was too far gone to save. The injury had been left for too long, was actually scraped and calloused from him walking on the joint itself and dragging his hoof behind him. The damned baby was suffering. No pain meds, no wrapping, no support of any kind for him from his owner. Lisa and Mary loaded him up in the Suburban (because, let's be honest, what other way IS there to transport such a tiny patient across the state?), and hauled him home.
There was no saving the little man. Dr. M (who is a WONDERFUL woman and one of the finest veterinarians I know) gave this guy his first experience with pain relief and let him snooze while xraying, and the decision was made to let him go peacefully. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for saving a little life if it can be done, but I know when the suffering dominates the quality of a life, its time to make that decision. Do I support the decision? 100% absolutely. Do I think charges should be brought against the owners for neglect and cruelty? Absolutely. Do I think Jammie Weeks should go to jail? 100% whole-heartedly. Perhaps someone should shatter HER ankle and let her walk around on it for a few weeks without so much as a goddamn Motrin.
Mary, who is the most soft-spoken, kind-hearted, probably-didn't-even-cuss-during-childbirth sweetheart of a woman even wrote this bitch an email after the fact. It was mean, I was VERY impressed. She really let this broad have it, and unfortunately received an email full of "God bless"es and "I wish you the best" bullshit that comes with replies from the lowest of the low who refuse to acknowledge that they did anything wrong, and have the audacity to "forgive" those that point out to them how fucked up their priorities and decisions are. These are the animal abusers that hide behind a Bible and try and use God and religion as a shield.
Now I went to fucking private school....seven damned years of it, as a matter of fact. I have my beliefs, I also cuss like a sailor. I DO NOT, however, ABUSE BABIES AND WATCH THEM SUFFER!!! You want to be biblical? Two can play this game:
"A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel." Proverbs 12:10
So, Jammie Weeks, where were you on THAT one? Take one good last look at this baby that you put through weeks of pure living HELL. I hope you sleep well at night. There's a special place in hell for people like you.
p.s.: Should anyone like to contribute toward the efforts of Day Dreams Farm so they can continue going out and helping horses like Jackson, PLEASE see their website at: http://www.daydreamsfarm.com/ or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/daydreamsfarm
Thank you for your support!