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Natchitoches, LA

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The RMR flyover happened because after 3 days of trying to get something done by the Sheriff's dept and other governmental and law enforcement bodies and running into stone walls, the only way to get actual proof was to do the flyover. Without the flyover and the pictures and video from it, there would still be no actual proof of what was going on at Ryder's. Yes, prior to the flyover Ryder had already released the 3 yr old's including Billy to LHRA, however it is my opinion (and only my opinion)that due to the public outcry in those 3 days, Ryder did release more horses to LHRA - would he have done so on his own? Who knows? What matters is that he did release more horses, however as someone else has already stated, this could have been taken care of in February 2012, but LHRA chose to take a different path. Whether it was the right path, not up to me to judge. I do know that a lot more horses perished that could have been helped. No matter what LHRA espouses, RMR was asked to get involved. They didn't just get up one morning and say "let's go stir up some trouble in Louisiana". Far from it! And that is not supposition - it is a FACT!  (Mar 10, 2013 | post #774)

Natchitoches, LA

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There is also a dark bay mare by the name of Surprise Fortune that was at the farm. Her previous owner is frantic with worry about her and would be more than happy to bring her back home. He sold Clay Ryder two mares a couple of years ago - this mare and a Storm Cat mare who could possibly be deceased. Could you please check and see if she's still at the farm? Also, Lee, the lady looking for Extremely's babies lives in Arkansas. LHRA Administrator should have her contact info.  (Feb 28, 2013 | post #635)

Natchitoches, LA

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So according to the Billy page, Clay has been ordered to sell the remaining horses. Does anyone know if this is in fact a true statement? Just wondering as this might be a very positive step for the horses.  (Feb 27, 2013 | post #629)

Natchitoches, LA

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What LHRA promise? Who broke a promise? I am so confused.  (Feb 20, 2013 | post #503)

Natchitoches, LA

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Let me address one more comment that "truly unbelievable" has made regarding donations for RMR. FACT: RMR has NEVER solicited donations regarding the Ryder horses. FACT: the only donations that were ever solicited were to replace the funds used toward the cost of the helicopter, without which there would be no actual PROOF that there were still starving dying horses at the farm. FACT: once the exact cost of the chopper had been donated the donation button for the chopper was removed. FACT: whenever anyone asked about donating toward the care of the Ryder horses they were referred to the LHRA website as it should be since they face the monumental task of re-homing and rehabilitating 47 emaciated horses. This should not be about a battle between rescues. It should be about the welfare and safety of these horses! I truly believe that everyone involved only wants what's best for the horses, all personal differences can be put aside.  (Feb 17, 2013 | post #394)

Natchitoches, LA

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Wow! Your facts are a little skewed. RMR never offered help to Clay Ryder. As far as I know, no one at RMR has ever spoken to Clay Ryder. RMR DID offer help to LHRA and it was refused! I don't know where you get off thinking anyone got rich off the Many seizure. I know for a fact that RMR did not receive $10,000 from the LTBA that LHRA did, RMR did not have a benefit horse show on their behalf like LHRA did etc. I personally solicited donations for LHRA as they had the bulk of the Many horses. Regarding top horse people coming to buy Ryder horses - good for them. I'm sure they're only being shown the cream of the crop such as Coach Mike etc. Because all the starving, bag of bones horses are at LHRA or dead or hidden at the back of the property. And, before you get all confused again, my name is not Donna!  (Feb 17, 2013 | post #393)

Natchitoches, LA

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Well you just can't argue with crazy!  (Feb 16, 2013 | post #371)

Natchitoches, LA

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Really? I've done all the research I need to. I have pictures. video's, copies of the complaints, statements from people close to the daily farm operations etc. What more do I need? Do I need to go stand in the back pasture of Ryder River Ridge farm and watch a horse die to believe it with my own eyes - I think NOT! Get a Life, you obviously are either a close friend of Clay Ryder's, the Sheriff or are just totally clueless. This is not some witch hunt based on supposition. This is a quest for justice based on cold hard facts and the bones of a lot of Dead Horses! Get over yourself and go find another tree to bark at.  (Feb 16, 2013 | post #366)

Natchitoches, LA

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To the person (or persons) protesting Clay Ryder's innocence, you need to wake up. He is not innocent. He STARVED those horses to DEATH! To say all this happened because he got kicked by a horse and cannot get around is silly. This was going on in JANUARY 2012! This didn't just happen because of some recent accident. To those that say the NPSO didn't know, I beg to differ. They did know! They've known for over a year also. The Brand Inspector knew it was going on. Come on people facts are facts. Complaints were filed with the NPSO in January/February of last year & complaints continued to be made during the entire year. NOTHING was done!!!! Horses (and a lot of them) died over this time period while nothing was being done. Clay Ryder continued to operate his racing program and continued to collect breeder's awards. He continued to starve his horses! The NPSO continues to allow Clay Ryder great latitude. By their very inaction they prove to be culpable also.  (Feb 16, 2013 | post #358)

Natchitoches, LA

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The solution is really simple. If things are progressing in a positive manner as is being claimed, let an uninterested third party who is experienced in evaluating the body score on a horse on the property to evaluate the remaining horses(and I mean a completely uninterested third party) - no State Vet,no Brand Inspector. IF that evaluation confirms what the Sheriff & everyone is reporting then well & good. IF not, then swift action needs to be taken. I'm not talking about the good mares and racing stock in the front pastures - I'm talking about EVERY horse on the property, including the ones in the BACK Pastures! Again, I question the head count. 57 remain yet 1 died shortly after the flyover and another one died in the past week or so. So the 57 is obviously incorrect.  (Feb 11, 2013 | post #271)

Natchitoches, LA

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I've read the article and it's the usual spin I've come to expect from the Natchitoches Times. Very pro Sheriff and other authorities. I believe the idea to contact the NY Times has a lot of merit.  (Feb 8, 2013 | post #216)

Natchitoches, LA

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It was in the paper - won't be on the website till tomorrow and remember you have to pay to see it.It's a fluff piece with quotes from Gary Balsamo who must be drinking the same Kool-Aid as everyone else in Louisiana.Obviously the people in power in Louisiana condone this kind of cruelty if you come from an important well-connected family. I actually have a copy of the article - poorly written and full of half-truth's and misleading information.  (Feb 8, 2013 | post #214)

Natchitoches, LA

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If horses are being moved out daily where are they going? We are not fools and actually I think if your mouth is moving you must be lying. Obviously you are a big FAN of Sheriff Jones and Clay Ryder. That says a lot about you.  (Feb 8, 2013 | post #213)

Natchitoches, LA

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Unless the reporter speaks with LHRA or someone else on the horses' side it will still be the Sheriff 'spinning' his excuses. KTBS has done two interviews on this and gotten nowhere! Contact the station and urge them to report both sides - not just Sheriff Jones' side of the story or it will be the same BS as the article in the Natchitoches paper - and trust me the sheriff's side is not grounded in reality.  (Feb 6, 2013 | post #144)

Natchitoches, LA

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Really? Did you happen to look in the back pastures? Not all is as it seems from the road. And BTW, throwing out round bales of hay to starving horses is a sure recipe for disaster. You cannot allow them to eat their fill. They will die.  (Feb 5, 2013 | post #137)