Thursday, July 11, 2013

Luigi's Honour

I've kept my mouth shut for months now, and I've finally been pushed to my breaking point.  In the last twenty-four hours, every ounce of anger and hatred I've suppressed against Locust Breeze Farm in White Lake for the past six months has been stirred up and has finally boiled over.  What I thought I could walk away from and ignore, I can't.  I saved a horse that was literally hours from shipping to the kill pen today, and it was solely because of the woman that owns and operates Locust Breeze Farm.  And so as I write this, please keep in mind, this one's for the big bay Thoroughbred named Luigi.

Last November, I moved my beloved Tyler to Locust Breeze mainly to have him closer to my house, but also because we were somewhat "asked" to leave the Goodrich farm where Cleveland still lives.  Why, you ask?  Because my dear, sweet hellion of a four year old took to climbing through the fencing, and not-so-politely knocking on the farm owner's back door at 4:30am looking for breakfast.  Needless to say, it scared the hell out of the farm owner to have something banging on her door at that hour, so I did what a responsible owner would do and moved him right away.  We went to Locust Breeze.  

Things were alright in the beginning.  Stalls were bedded, horses were fed, Tyler's SmartPaks were being given on schedule, there was always good-quality hay stacked up and available.  I was content.  I don't particularly think I'm difficult to please as a horse owner, but I do have certain expectations and require those to be met without compromise.  My horse needs to be fed what I ask for, in the amount that I specify.  I've had this horse since he was orphaned at a day old, I know him, and I know what it takes to keep him in good physical condition.  "Sure, sure, no problem!" said the woman that owned the facility.  

In early January, four off-the-track Thoroughbreds showed up from out of state.  They had been shipped up from the Pennsylvania/Ohio area and given to the barn owner by a very reputable race trainer under the pretense that they would have good forever homes and be used in her developing therapy/riding lesson program.  (I know what you're thinking: OTTB's as therapy horses?  Seriously?  But it was not my program, and therefore not my problem).  One of these horses was named Luigi's Honour.  

Luigi wasn't particularly tall, maybe 15.3, with a front right sock, a left hind sock, and a very crooked star between two very quiet eyes.  I'm not a Thoroughbred-fan as a general rule (most of you already know I will do my best to avoid dealing with one), but I appreciated him for his puppy-dog-quiet disposition and good manners, even at six years old and fresh off the track.  When he went through temperament testing, he was nothing but a rockstar.  Luigi was, however, profoundly sore and needed time to heal.  He sported a baseball-sized lump on his front right fetlock, and was obviously in pain.  Instead of receiving proper vet treatment and REAL rehabilitation care, he was essentially pushed to the back burner at the barn and spent his days in the pasture, and stalled at night.  I never saw him receive so much as a gram of Bute from the time he showed up to the time I left.

Luigi's Honour upon arrival at Locust Breeze (Jan. 2013)

Luigi has a heart of gold and the patience of a saint (Jan. 2013)

Tarps are CLEARLY not scary! (Jan. 2013)

Three months had passed from the date of our arrival at Locust Breeze, when I noticed Tyler had begun dramatically dropping weight.  I asked that his intake of Safechoice be increased from four to six pounds per feeding (AM & PM), I even began paying an extra $25/month for the extra grain.  I started soaking hay cubes and bringing them out daily to add to his meals and changed his SmartPaks to include a weight builder.  Tyler kept dropping weight.  One night, I stuck around at feeding time to see what exactly my horse was eating (grain and supplements were always kept locked in a cabinet away from the boarders).  What she dumped into Tyler's feeder was NOT Safechoice, but some grey pelleted feed, and certainly not the six pounds I was paying for.  I got angry, very angry, but I kept my mouth shut and quietly spoke to several other boarders who also noticed decreased in their horses' weights.

Right around that time, Tyler had been growing very violent.  On any given day, he was biting, striking out, screaming bloody murder and attempting to mount anything that stood still long enough to allow it.  This was NOT my horse.  Fearing that my little problem-child was potentially a "Three-Nut-Wonder" (I was there when he was gelded, we took two out and all of their accessories came with them), I had a testosterone assay done by my vet.  I had to pull blood for it myself, as my vet was only one of a large group of equine vets that refused to come to Locust Breeze because of the erratic, psychotic outbursts and episodes of screaming, hollering, and randomly evicting boarders and verbally assaulting veterinarians that the barn owner was quickly becoming famous for.  I got to witness several of these tantrums, and it deeply disturbed me that this woman was supposed to be caring for my horse.  When the testosterone assay came back at five times the normal count for a stallion during breeding season, I knew something was drastically wrong and that I needed to act fast before my horse hurt himself or someone else.  

Under the pretense of "Tyler is going for exploratory surgery" since I knew I would be unable to keep my cool if this psycho confronted us for leaving, Pat and I packed up my tack, loaded Tyler (who, for the first time in his life, leaped onto my trailer before I could get the door completely open and stood like a veteran show horse) and headed over an hour north to a well-known trainer whom I've known and trusted for more than ten years.  If anyone could fix Tyler, she could.  I didn't believe that my sweetheart of a horse, who has never shown any stud-like behavior in his four years on this earth, could all of a sudden turn into a hormonal, raging asshole and it DID NOT have something to do with this woman.  When we left, she actually had the audacity to stand in front of Tyler's stall with tears in her eyes and say "I just really hope he's going to be okay" before wiping her eyes and going in the house.  I lost half a month's worth of board, plus the additional money I was paying for that "extra grain".  When I left, I never spoke to her again.  We unloaded at the new barn and upon opening my SmartPak drawer, I realized it was completely full.  Tyler was supposed to run out that week.  It had obviously been a very long time since my horse had gotten his supplements.  Ironically enough, after leaving Locust Breeze, Tyler has never had another "asshole attack" since.  He quickly put back on the 150+ pounds that he lost at Locust Breeze (a lot when you're only 14.1), and has been nothing but a gentleman ever since.  Several weeks after I left Locust Breeze, I was informed by several different people that the barn owner was regularly buying cattle and "all stock" pelleted feed at the feed store in large quantities and feeding it to the horses because it is incredibly cheap.  It is also loaded full of hormones to encourage massive amounts of growth in livestock meant for meat production, hence the astronomical spike in Tyler's testosterone levels.  I also learned from their respective owners that two other geldings underwent extreme behavioral changes for the worse as well during that same time frame.

Two weeks after we bailed out of the Locust Breeze hellhole, nine more horses and their owners abruptly left without warning in the course of one day.  Several of the horses, owned by one boarder, were in such poor condition that as far as I know, Locust Breeze is still under investigation by Animal Control for what she did to them while in her care.  On that day, not a single flake of hay had been found in that barn for more than twenty-four hours prior.  That same day, during one of her infamous tantrums, the barn owner evicted two more horses and their owners by throwing their tack into the driveway and tying their horses to the fence at the road.  In total, she lost eleven boarded horses that day.  Good business practices, eh?

Once everyone I knew had abandoned the sinking ship that was Locust Breeze, those four OTTBs were virtually lost.  I had occasionally wondered if they were still alive, what had happened to them, and if they were starving to death like the other walking skeletons that were still in her field.  I can't save them all though, so I did my best to push it to the back of my mind.  Until I got the phone call one day from one of the former boarders who knew the horses and personally knew the trainer that gave them to the owner of Locust Breeze:

"You're never going to believe this.  Remember Luigi?"
"Yep."
"That bitch sent him back to the track."
"Wait, nooo....Luigi the horse with the blown out ankle?"
"Yes."
"Oh my God.  He's going to die there."
"Probably."

See, the woman that owns Locust Breeze made a very fatal error when it came to these four Thoroughbreds.  The trainer that gave them to her is one of the few responsible race trainers in this world that actually cares where his horses end up.  When he found out about the mass exodus from Locust Breeze, he looked up the four names of the horses he had sent there, and realized that the most crippled, debilitated, certainly-not-fit-to-be-anywhere-NEAR-a-racetrack horse was, in fact, racing in Mt. Pleasant under a "trainer" who lived not five miles from Locust Breeze.  Luigi had 37 starts prior to coming to Michigan, winning a boatload of money, but time had taken it's toll and the trainer knew Luigi deserved a good retirement home.  Instead of shipping his horse off to who-knows-where, he tried to do right by Luigi and find him a forever home in what he thought was a reputable, responsible barn.  Now his beloved horse was back on the track racing against time to see if he'd come out of each start on the track alive.  The trainer confronted her repeatedly, this was NOT their agreement, and he wanted Luigi back.  Luigi's owners refused to let their horse die like that.  I don't know how she responded, as I wasn't witness to the conversations, but I have a pretty good idea.  The biggest kicker to the entire thing is that Locust Breeze's owner KNEW Luigi wasn't fit to be racing, she says so right in the ad for him on her farm Facebook page!


Fast forward a month.

Two days ago, Luigi was dumped off by the woman's race "trainer" at a nearby sale barn where my roommate works.  She came home from work and as I was working away at my computer selling off some extra tack, she said "Dude, I had to ride a Thoroughbred today with the BIGGEST ankles I've ever seen".

I stopped typing.  I knew a Thoroughbred with at least ONE big ankle. 

"Gelding?"
"Yes."
"Bay?"
"Yep."
"Off the track?"
"Yeah.  He's SO lame though."
"Shit."
"What?"
"I think I know that horse."
"Really?"
"I have to see him."

An hour later, she and I were at the sale barn, and pulled the bay horse out of the stall.  A quick look at the markings compared to an old picture from last winter confirmed my fear.  It was Luigi's Honour.

Luigi at the sale barn. (July 2013)

Looking at the horse standing in front of me, I was amazed that he was standing at all.  BOTH front fetlocks were swollen to the point that it looked like baseballs had been strapped to them, his front legs were dotted from the knees down with white scars, and he had old poultice residue on his legs and race plates still on his feet.  He was still the same, sweet, puppy-dog Luigi I remembered though, despite how clearly broken he was, and as we took the identifying pictures we needed, he cuddled with his head at my chest and stood quietly as I scratched his forehead.  I don't know exactly what this horse had been through in the last few months, but it obviously wasn't good. 

Right front fetlock (July 2013)

Other angle of right front fetlock (July 2013)

Unfixable "dumped" horses at a sale barn like this generally go to one place, the killer's trailer, and they generally do it within 24 hours.  Remember, Luigi was VERY lame.  Hate it all you want, but that's the way things operate.  There's no recycle bin for all of the broken horses that humans create, even if we humans are the ones that broke them to begin with.  Generally, they simply get thrown away.  Unfortunately, in Michigan, broken racehorses are a dime a dozen, and every horse is worth something to the meat man.  I didn't know what it was going to take, or if it was even financially feasible for me to try and save Luigi, but I had to try.  It's not like I have some emotional attachment to this horse, but I knew he had been wronged by the people he trusted to care for him, and that somewhere, there was a man looking for him to try and keep him safe.  Knowing that, I had little choice but to at least try to help.  I spent the next several hours on the phone with several people, including Luigi's original trainer, letting him know that we found his horse, he wasn't safe, by any means, but that I would try to help.  

After doing some more homework on Luigi's race history last night, I realized that Luigi had raced as recently as last Saturday, as in five days ago, on those same god-awful legs. 

Here's his complete race record:
http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=7807486&registry=T
Yes, this horse won more than $188K dollars in just six short years, was supposed to have a forever home as a therapy horse, and STILL ended up virtually staring death in the face.

He failed miserably in his last race, similar to the other two races he had run for the owner of Locust Breeze and her "trainer", and the best I can figure is that he was loaded up shortly thereafter and dumped off at the sale barn.  Talk about getting rid of your problems.  Screw the horse, get him off the feed bill!  Dump him wherever you can and cut your losses, I guess!  

I ended up having to scrape together $200 from my used-tack internet sales to buy Luigi from that sale barn, a sale that simply could not have been orchestrated without the help of my roommate and two of my very good friends who literally dropped what they were doing and offered their hauling services and rig to get him out of there just a few hours before he was scheduled to be picked up by the local kill buyer.  His original owners and trainer have a pasture open for him in Pennsylvania to retire in peace, and desperately want him back, but finances are making this difficult.  My feeling is that these people did right as best as they could by Luigi, but a lying barn owner at Locust Breeze betrayed both them and the horse.  If there's a way that I can help raise the money to get him home to them, I'll do the driving myself.  He is currently safe at a boarding barn owned by a wonderful couple who, upon hearing his dire situation, immediately opened up a small rehabilitation paddock and stall for him to rest in (and are charging me a VERY reduced board rate) until we can raise the funds to get him back home to Pennsylvania to retire in the life he deserved all along.

Safe and sound until he can get home to Pennsylvania (July 2013)

For everyone involved who immediately put their own lives and plans on hold in the last 24 hours to help me save the life of just one crippled ex-racehorse, Lindsey, Andrea, Emily, Nathanael, Christina, I cannot even begin to thank you guys enough.  For those of you who want to help contribute to getting Luigi home to his family in Pennsylvania, please use the link below to make a donation.

Donate To Send Luigi Home:  http://www.gofundme.com/3kf1lw

It's quick, easy, secure, and literally every dollar puts us a little closer to sending Luigi to the retirement that he deserves.  I'm not putting any real cap on the donation request, but the program requires me to come up with a number, so I'm going to say $1500.  We're taking only what we need for fuel and food for the trip (fortunately it's close enough that we won't need a hotel), and anything above and beyond that will be split 50/50 between Day Dreams Farm Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation (www.daydreamsfarm.com) and Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement (http://www.beyondtherosesequine.org) another 501(c)3 that specializes in Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.  I feel very passionately that even though I can't afford to save more than one of the millions of "Luigis" at a time (either Thoroughbred or Standardbred) that fall through the cracks and end up staring death in the face, I can do my best to support those organizations that have similar goals.  

Oh, and by the way, I guess I really don't hate Thoroughbreds as much as I thought...that's a good thing, right?

One Final Note:  To the best of my knowledge, Locust Breeze is under the same owners and management as it was when myself and the others were there.  Should anyone ever consider boarding there, I invite questions and can give a long list of angry former boarders whose horses were also harmed during their time there.  Shortly after moving Tyler to the new trainer's facility, he was diagnosed with EPM and has been responding well to treatment.  I fully and completely hold Locust Breeze and the psychotic woman that owns it responsible for what has happened to him.  Karma is a bitch.  

33 comments:

  1. Good for you and thanks for being one woman who goes above and beyond. We need more people like you fewer of the "others." Whether you know and like horses or not, these types of stories should make you angry and motivate you to do something--even if it is only to help one at a time, a little bit or a lot. I've had two OTTB's and loved both of them.

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  2. all I can say is bless your heart!! and thank you for being there for this one, who so deserves some happiness!

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  3. Bless you for taking the time to put your life on hold and gather your friend's to help this horse. I think people who are attempting to board at this barn should be made aware of the crazy psychotic owner. I hope Luigi can get love and rest at home. His owner's thought they were doing a good thing unfortunately some people cannot be trusted no matter what.

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  4. Someone may want to talk to the MPM office- Looking at Equibase it shows that his races in 2013 were under his owner/breeder "Deborah Richardson" But when you look at his 2012 and previous races he is racing under a completely different owner/breeder.. ( How can you have 2 different breeders?) Good luck with your new boy- ( I'm one of those responsible owners who works with CANTER to place her horses and then stalks the new owners...)

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    1. He will absolutely NEVER go back to Richardson, she's the one that dumped him off & lives all of 5 miles from Locust Breeze. Thank you for being the kind of owner that ALL owners should be, happy stalking! :)

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  5. Jackie, thank God you were there for Luigi. Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue is currently working with Jackie to help Luigi get into retirement with another thoroughbred rescue.

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    1. Thanks to the hard work of Gail at Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue, and Jackie who bailed this deserving guy out of a truly bad situation, we are proud to announce that Luigi will be coming home to Toronto, where his accomplished career started.

      We welcome all of you to continue to follow Luigi's story as he joins us at one of our amazing foster homes via our website www.longrunretirement.com, facebook - www.facebook.com/LongRunTB or twitter @LongRunTB.

      We hope everyone is as excited as we are to welcome him home - one of his first owners is also going to be assisting us in his retirement and is happy to know that so many people cared enough about his horse to ensure he had a safe ending.

      Thank you to everyone who got involved and chipped in to ensure this boy got the dignified retirement he deserves.

      -The LongRun Team

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  6. I know that horse... it breaks my heart that he has had such awful 'retirement.' He truly is a sweet heart, and it amazes me that after everything he has been through that he has still kept that demeanor. I am one of the previous boarders at Locust Breeze (Joey's owner). Like was said in the blog, it was a nice place at first, but it turned into horse hell. Thank you SO much for taking care of him. I am so glad you and Tyler made it out of there, along with everyone else that has been able to leave.

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    1. Tyler misses Joey!!! They were best buddies! :)

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    2. I know they were!!! They got along so great :)

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  7. J.G. ( hopefully this is your blog),
    I know you have witnessed many horrific cases of horse abuse and neglect and wanted to share with you a positive story of one of the horses you rescued from possible slaughter. I have Mattie the grey Arab you rescued that ended up at DDF. She has given me and my two girls so much joy and solitude that I can not even describe. Your compassion and willingness to save her has made such a difference in my life. Mattie is a super, special horse her soul looks right through you- I know that sounds corny, but she has such a kind presence. She has been brushed and loved by a group of ten year olds and stood quietly every minute. She has carried my nine year old daughter with patience and willingness- she even stopped when I yelled "whoa Mattie" when my daughter dropped her reins. She is an awesome riding companion- you would probably not recognize the soft and supple horse she has become. She has proven herself on the trails and at a show. So thanks for saving her and remember all the other "Mattie's" out there when you start to feel defeated.

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    1. Thank you for that! I remember the night I bought her, Mattie was the little $90 horse that no one wanted except me and the same meat man that was coming for Luigi. I'm so glad you and her found each other and she's giving your daughter such a great horse experience! May you and your family have MANY happy years with her! :)

      Happy ending stories are the best!

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  8. I am an ex Locust Breeze boarder! DO NOT EVER TAKE YOUR HORSES THERE! She changed my horses feed, wasn't giving her hay, she lost a bunch of weight, was acting up terribly! I recorded my conversation with the owner, as she was flipping out in one of her fits of rage, and she admitted on tape that she changed the feed and will do whatever she wants without the horse owners permission! I moved my horse, and 6 others did too, the next morning! Thankfully Luigi is safe now!

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    1. Do you know the definition of defamation? My lawyer does and it will be explained to all of you.

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  9. I also have a personal connection with this place, who mind you at one time years and years ago, was a completely wonderful and happy place. This psycho woman has done more harm than you can imagine, including completely ruining this place. Horrific, awful, terrible conditions. Horses going crazy because of HER. Every horse who wasn't 100% up on shots getting sick. Her psycho rages. Her rude family. Lies, and just horror. You have no idea how many horses have left and had WONDERFUL results AFTER they were gone!!! I mean, life-changing results!!!!! Well no wait, apparently you DO have an idea. THANK YOU and bless you for helping Luigi and for writing this blog, I think it needs to be shared far and wide, including to the appropriate White Lake offices, who could assist in NOT allowing her to renew her lease. Take note people, I can not explain properly how awful and horrifying this place is... Just remember that Luigi isn't the only one. God bless all the poor animals there. And yes, Karma is a bitch indeed, may it start quickly with this lunatic.

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    1. It's interesting to see how many boarders left Locust Breeze because of the bad conditions and the evil woman who ran(runs)the farm. I am also a former boarder who shares the same concerns. Since leaving Locust Breeze, my horse is doing wonderful. I remember Tyler and his very studly ways. I remember sweet Luigi too. I'm glad to hear both are doing well. I agree that this info should be passed on to the White Lake Twp offices. These issues should be reviewed by the officials before it's time to renew the lease. Other horses should not have to endure these horrible conditions.

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    2. All the ones that left are the ones that never paid board, or tried to con their way out of paying.

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    3. yep karma is a bitch. All the horses that left didn't have utd shots their owners ever vetted or farriered them. And they never paid their board. Do you know the meaning of defamation? My lawyer does and is gonna explain it well.

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    4. As a matter of fact, I do! "Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person's reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person."

      There are a few problems with this: Nothing said here has been false, there are MULTIPLE witnesses to verify what has been said. And I thought I'd do you the favor of NOT naming you directly, to spare you at least a little humiliation for the things that you've done.

      I invite your lawyer to contact me. At least then I'll know where to send the countersuit.

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  10. I read the blog about Luigi and was so happy to hear that his story has a good ending. It's heart breaking that he had to go through so much to get there. Locust Breeze and the woman that leases and runs it, took a huge toll on a lot of horses and their owners too. Greed, ignorance and a volatile temper will do that. Fortunately, horses have a way of living in the moment so Luigi is no doubt loving life now,as are the others whose owners cared enough to move them.

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  11. I, too, am a former boarder of Locust Breeze. Everything the other commenter said (July 16 at 1:21PM)is true and not exaggerated. I also have known this farm for a very long time. The ponds used to thrive with wildflowers and wildlife but the horse manure gets dumped regularly into the ponds which became lifeless from the contamination. It was a horrible atmosphere for the horses. I witnessed many of her wild rages. Horses that she didn't like often received less food even though they were underweight already. The horses that carried better weight was the result of the horse owners bringing in their own extra food for their horses and many boarders found this to be necessary. I choose to remain anonymous because I truly question this family's sanity, particularly the woman who runs the farm. My horse is now thriving, healthy and very happy after leaving that horrible place. We will pray for Luigi. Thank you for all you're doing!

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  12. JG ... just sent you a friend request on Facebook... I don't run the fb. I was removed somehow. Hope you wouldn't think I'd support that bitch... I heard a while ago from a past boarder, well a few of them how bad its gotten. It wasn't that bad when i was there. In the beginning .... RVS

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  13. The only "therapeutic" riding that ever occurred at Lowcost Breeze occurred whenever someone rode off that property forever.

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    1. I am sure you know the meaning of defamation? But my lawyer will be in touch with you and Donna

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    2. Ah Tony you couldn't be more right!!!!!!!

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  14. Such a touching story. Have you consider writing story's books for a living? I just wonder if any of you X Boarder's no what the definition to defamation is? I know a really good lawyer that is gonna explain it to you. And Kate you are correct it is a nice place as long as there isn't any drama around. Karma is a Bitch, and a can of worms has just opened. Hope all of you are ready for the ride.

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    1. I absolutely know what defamation is...do you know what abuse, neglect and breech of contract is? Can you multiply the judgement amount by the 12+ people whose horses you've hurt? Trust me on this one lady, this isn't a fight you want to have. Crawl back in your hole.

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    2. Anonymous - Based on the first hand accounts of many of your ex-boarders along with Luigi's story it sounds like Karma the Bitch is going to kick you square in your ass. Good luck with that!

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  15. The definition is: 
    A false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of a persons words or actions....

    So really none of your X boarders has to worry since they aren't false accusations nor misrepresentations of your actions. :) have a great day Kim

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  16. I guess sometimes the truth hurts, which is why "she" is acting the way she is. Not paying board, now THAT is funny!!!!! Especially when most everyone's proof is right in black and white. Horsechick you rock. And so does everyone else that has left, saw the truth, and stands on the truth. The truth ALWAYS wins out. And so does Karma. Tick tick tick tick...

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  17. The scary part ... is that this is not new. This is a consistent theme at Locust Breeze. I have video evidence (dating back almost 2 years) of our horse there being un-rideable and totally skittish, jumping out of his skin (never had that happen before) and then two weeks after being off the property back to the same calm and reliable horse. I know another group who went there about a half year after me and rapidly moved on. And yet another person who removed her horse almost 200 pounds underweight after initially being assured that it would receive personal attention and special care everyday. These are not 2013 incidents....

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  18. I find it interesting that some angry commenter on here is claiming that the boarders that left are the ones that didn't properly care for their horses and didn't pay board. When I left Locust Breeze, I sacrificed a half-month's board to get my horses the f*ck out of that hell hole! Luckily, I'm really good at dealing with crazy (must've been a hostage negotiator in a former life) and I got mine out without the barn manager suspecting that I was ditching her crazy ass. I am the type of owner who keeps records of every single dewormer, vaccine, and supplement purchased. I also write checks to my farrier so that I have a carbon copy of every single appointment EVER! I also happen to still have the receipt for the WEIGHT GAINER that I had to put my horse on after she moved in to Locust Hell. Please, crazy bitch! Take me to court! I dare you!

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  19. How is Luigi doing? I'm hoping to hear an update about him. Hope all is well.

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