Rescue groups race to save starving horses in Louisiana

by | 01.24.2013 | 12:07pm

Volunteers from area horse rescue groups are racing against time to try and save dozens of emaciated horses that were surrendered by the owner of a breeding farm in Louisiana.

The horses have been placed under the care of the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association, which has teamed with Remember Me Rescue out of Texas to try and save the starving horses that had been located at Ryder River Ridge Farm in Natchitoches Parish.

Several attempts to check on the horses were made by both groups, but farm owner Clay Ryder refused to allow them on the property. Donna Keen, owner of Remember Me Rescue, took matters into her own hands and literally went over Ryder's head, renting a helicopter to fly over the property and take photographs of the horses.

What Keen photographed was heartbreaking – skeletal remains of dead horses and several shallow graves were visible. Horses that remained were obviously severely malnourished.

Ryder finally began negotiating with authorities earlier this month, and the remaining horses are in the process of being tranferred. Keen has offered to take those horses in, which number from 35 to more than 40, but said that getting any definitive answers has been “almost impossible.”

Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Department has refused to comment on the case, but did post a statement on the department's website stating that the investigation into the matter was ongoing, and that no further information would be released to the public.

Sunny Francois, volunteer director of the LHRA told the Shreveport Times, “What we want to come out of this is for people to understand without the cooperation of law enforcement there is so little to be done. We face this all over the state every day. People need to file the complaints, we will help,” said Francois. Rescue organizations can't be the “bad guys” exposing what's going on.”

“We need help.”

  • Milezinni

    Why am I getting this feeling that Clay Ryder wont even be prosecuted for his behavior? Why doesn’t the horse racing “industry” fall under the cruelty to animals prosecution laws? Anybody else seen on the DRF.com today the list of 46000 thoroughbred names now available? You know the vast majority of those horses were slaughtered!?! Probably all of them! Look at the names!! How do these “people” keep getting away with these atrocities? These rescue groups are private and/or charitible organizations, but, where is the LAW??????  Where is the SPCA?????

    • Larryburndorf

      A horse doesn’t have to be dead to have its name released. I know a 14 year old gelding who is alive and well who has the same name as a 4 year old gelding.

      • Sunny

         Sorry, that’s BS to assume that the available names are because the horses were slaughtered.  The JC has a time limit for held names and to reuse names.  They allow a certain a amount of time to pass from active racing, and geldings names get released sooner than stallions or mares in case of reproduction.  Vast majority of the time, the JC doesn’t get any reg papers after a horse is shipped, and kill buyers don’t notify when they ship TB’s to slaughter because the papers are likely not provided to them or have been tossed.  A lot of OTTB’s are finding jobs in other sports that do not require papers or valid reg, many, many TB’s go off grid to the JC after racing and are just fine.  Look how many TB’s are 3-day eventing, in the hunter/jumper world etc that show under new names.  Many riders don’t even know the reg’d names, maybe a tatoo is too hard to read or they never actually raced so don’t have one.  I just had a little mare I sold 7 years ago with her papers show up about 5 miles from me at a new barn.  I am her last owner on JC record and the young girl who bought her wants to transfer the papers into her name.  The mare has gone through at least 4 barns and several students since I sold her bringing young students up the ranks and I’m still the one who has to sign the transfer because no one else bothered.

        • Sunny

           Further to that, direct quote from the article on drf.com that you are referring to ” The Jockey Club has published a list of approximately 46,000 names
          released from active use. Most of these names are from horses more than
          10 years old who have not raced or have not been used for breeding
          during the preceding five years. Names selected from the list for re-use
          are subject to approval by The Jockey Club.”

        • Roxannemitz

          Sunny, I too am the last owner on a now 18 year old gelding that lives up the road. He went to a “rescue” group that was going to euthanize him because of a knee issue. He has been a great trail horse for two families for 13 years, thanks to someone who rescued him from the rescue group. His name was released years ago.

        • Absolutely there are many horses that go to second careers and new lives after racing but the ones that are not sound when they are at the end of their careers are a huge number of the thousands that go to slaughter each year. 

          Many that are sound also go to slaughter because the racing owners refuse to allow the horses to be saved by anyone in fear of punishment for those that they can not re-home. I have talked to several trainers myself that tell me that there are many out there that once would list the horses as available and look for homes for them but now they hide from the spotlight and try not to draw attention to themselves .. their horses are quietly shipped directly to slaughter, never seeing an auction or having a chance to have a new life. Because of this, I for one generally do NOT believe that owners and trainers should be attacked when horses are shipped off. I believe it is a problem in the industry itself that needs to be addressed on a higher level to protect all of the athletes in this sport. 

          • Sunny

             I agree Mary with most of your comments.  While I do not feel shipping to slaughter should EVER be the last resort, I do  understand why it happens.  I feel a level of sympathy having witnessed many, many good, quality horsemen get shredded by rescue groups and supporters for selling a horse that ends up at a sale. Some are scared to sell their retired horses off the track because of what will happen down the road.  I’ve been an observer to many rescues, local and not so local, and the hate and threats that come with a new TB intake is horrendous!  Many of the TB’s I’ve seen bought by rescues from auction have had several owners since racing, yet it’s the race connections that take the heat when the sob story gets out.  I have personally witnessed old connections get ripped to shreds because a horse they once bred/ran/claimed ended up at a sale.  The most recent was an 16 year old mare that had been given away as a 3 yo off track.  She went on to a varied career as jumper/eventer then broodmare for sport horses for a few years.  She had several years of troubled conception and slipped her last foal, so they breeders gave her away as a retired pleasure mount.  5 months down the road, mare ends up at meat sale, gets bought by a rescue group and the last known race connections got attacked, harassed, threatened.  They had zero idea where the mare was prior to the sale.  They stepped up as did the sport horse breeder and between them got the mare in a happy retirement home with family friends. 
            A much stronger after care program needs to be implemented, where every racehorse has somewhere to go.  Higher mandatory fees on trainers and owners when getting licenses and stalls and while that will make it hard for some to continue training, maybe it will be an incentive for trainers and owners to think before getting involved, or bailing out.  I would also like to see the JC register horses with an external brand that identifies them as a program horse, maybe owners or breeders can enroll them, much like the Breeders cup.  So when that horse ends up in the kill pens, in feedlots and abattoirs, it alerts them that this horse is not eligible for slaughter. 
            Obviously these are thoughts only, implementation would take massive amounts of time and cooperation from many who will likely be resistant, and there will always be the ugly ones who choose not to be involved because of the almighty dollar.  But maybe, over time, they can be removed…it’s a hope anyways.

        • Joyce Long

          good comment sunny     names released doesnt mean abad end   lots of second chances if owners/trainers just try and thankfully most do

          • Milezinni

            Euthanize the horses as an alternative?!? What the #[email protected]#, REALLY!?! Bred a horse to make some money, and now they can’t race anymore so let’s just kill it? What is wrong with you people? Hey, I got an idea, lets EUTHANIZE Thistlesdowns, Beulah park, Suffolk, Tampa, Calder, Fair Grounds, Hawthorne, Portland Meadows, Golden Gate, Laurel, Mountaineer, Charlestown, Hastings, Emerald Downs, Presque Isle, parx, Hollywood, et al, and then the horse population would be lessened signifigantly and the rescue operations, and retirement programs and aftercare programs could get a handle on what is nothing short of a pathetic attitude and a malicious industry of #$!$!…All those of you that don’t think that list of horses has been slaughtered you are fooling yourself. Look em up, alot of them never got out of the maiden class, most never got out of the allowance levels. They have ZERO breeding value and do you have any idea what it costs to keep a horse for another twenty years? Here are the numbers on the slaughtered horses for 2012….Mexico 104,355, Canada 51,669….it’s estimated that 60-80% came from the US. And if you think there are thousands and thousands of “wild” horses roaming the planes, your delusional!!

          • Larryburndorf

            News flash, thoroughbreds aren’t the only horses that go to slaughter.

          • sarah taylor

            Your comments are hardly helpful. Yes, avoiding slaughter for OTTBs with no breeding value is tough. The solution, quite simply, is to find a way to attract more people willing to adopt. The racing industry needs to invest in some good PR and that comes at a price. Put your money where your mouth is. By the way, how many OTTB’s do you care for? I currently have two, a 6 year old mare and 7 year old gelding I adopted from a placement organization last year. Prior to that I had three, 2 geldings and a mare, who lived to be 26, 26 and 32 years respectively in my care. One of those geldings was scheduled to be sent to slaughter when I snatched him in 1986 as a four year old. A lot has changed since 1986 when “rescue” organizations were treated with hostility by track connections. And that is my point. Please redirect your anger and look for solutions. I have done my part. Do yours.

    • The problem is that all of the aftercare programs and groups that are designed to help horses after their careers are over in racing simply do NOT help the ones that are in the biggest need of help. Many of the bigger rescues that get BIG dollars from the industry tend to only help the horses that they can put into adoptable homes and in the meantime, the ones that we see going to slaughter the most, are the ones that are still never being addressed. 

      Until the industry decides to wake up and implement a plan to euthanize those horses, the problem will worsen. And until the fans of the sport and people who love the horses wake up and stop pretending that those BIG rescues supported by the industry leaders are “trying” to save them and come to terms that this is simply NOT the truth, slaughter will continue to be a problem and the sport itself will continue to have people who hate it for that very reason. Horse rescue has become in many ways more of a business and less of a cause to help these athletes that are in trouble. 

      I follow many many MANY horses and I follow the vast majority of them straight to slaughter… where are the rescues that got BIG donations to save them? They are certainly not there for these horses ..I PROMISE you that! SO for me, just my opinion and observation on what is going on, but I feel as if the horses could be helped more if the industry would make sure the money is being used to save the horses MOST in need. The big donors in the breeding and racing industry need to stop giving money blindly to rescues that don’t and be sure to ask them why are they NOT saving horses that really just need to be put down so they are NOT sent to slaughter. 

      • I can hardly even sit and think of this whole situation… Life can be so cruel and sad…. Can’t wait for paradise, have to believe there is more than this here, earth..

        • James Staples

          Great Post Ms. Cooper…ty…

      • joyce long

        mary   you have said it like it is…..thank god for people like Donna Keen but the BIG money goint to the wrong rescues has to be addressed…..so does euthenasia  Right here in Arizona are people who will fund euthinasia when needed…better than starvation or going to a mexico slaughterhouse…and a wonderful rescue EQUINE ENCORE THAT IS STRUGGLING FOR FINANCING BUT NEVER LETS ONE OF THEIR 70 horses wnt for anything…years ago i did some business with Firal RYder (FATHER OF THIS JERK CLAY??)  nice man  bet he is turning over in grave….more owners/trainers/everybody need to take responibility for these wonderful horses who lay down their life for us    I am sending Donna a small donation  and totally support EQUINE ENCORE in every way i can…too sick thinking about this to go on

    • James Staples

      “Where is the SPCA”???…Been asking that same question for many moons…ty…

  • Milezinni

    Why am I getting this feeling that Clay Ryder wont even be prosecuted for his behavior? Why doesn’t the horse racing “industry” fall under the cruelty to animals prosecution laws? Anybody else seen on the DRF.com today the list of 46000 thoroughbred names now available? You know the vast majority of those horses were slaughtered!?! Probably all of them! Look at the names!! How do these “people” keep getting away with these atrocities? These rescue groups are private and/or charitible organizations, but, where is the LAW??????  Where is the SPCA?????

  • Cynwhitten

    Thank you for getting to these horses before any more died. GOD BLESS YOU AND DO PUNISH THE DAMN OWNER!

  • Cynwhitten

    Thank you for getting to these horses before any more died. GOD BLESS YOU AND DO PUNISH THE DAMN OWNER!

  • Larryburndorf

    A horse doesn’t have to be dead to have its name released. I know a 14 year old gelding who is alive and well who has the same name as a 4 year old gelding.

  • DinkyDiva

    What is wrong with people?  So, Ryder is just there to watch these poor horses starve to death and die at his hand?  Sick!  I sure hope that the rescue groups can save the remaining horses and get them the help they need.  There really needs to be a New Law regarding animal cruelty.  Most of the time, they get a small fine and a slap on the wrist. They need to be punished to the fullest extent just as Child Molesters are.  

    • James Staples

      Race Horses just like Children can’t take care of themselves…PERIOD…ty…

  • DinkyDiva

    What is wrong with people?  So, Ryder is just there to watch these poor horses starve to death and die at his hand?  Sick!  I sure hope that the rescue groups can save the remaining horses and get them the help they need.  There really needs to be a New Law regarding animal cruelty.  Most of the time, they get a small fine and a slap on the wrist. They need to be punished to the fullest extent just as Child Molesters are.  

  • ziggypop

    Finally this story is being covered within the industry!!! This debacle has been in the making for a YEAR!!! 8 horses were surrendered a year ago. Two dead in the first group of 18 finally surrendered last Friday, and another dead on the farm. 12 more were released ONLY after the video and pictures emerged from the horror the horses experienced and whose skeletons are the only thing left of them.

    There has got be accountability for this sickening act, and for anyone else who was in collusion to cover it up for a year.

     

  • ziggypop

    Finally this story is being covered within the industry!!! This debacle has been in the making for a YEAR!!! 8 horses were surrendered a year ago. Two dead in the first group of 18 finally surrendered last Friday, and another dead on the farm. 12 more were released ONLY after the video and pictures emerged from the horror the horses experienced and whose skeletons are the only thing left of them.

    There has got be accountability for this sickening act, and for anyone else who was in collusion to cover it up for a year.

     

  • 2hindsocks

    Thank you, Ray for picking up this story. This situation needs to be exposed on a national level. Horses have been neglected, starved and dying for a year at Ryder’s River Ridge Farm at the hands of Clay Ryder. The sheriff and his deputy have known about this the entire time and have turned their heads and refused to act. They state that they are “investigating it” while horses continue to suffer and die. LHRA took in some of the horses a year ago, and horses are still being starved and dying. I would think one year of “investigating” and counting the carcasses would be time enough. No charges have been filed! Why are the authorities protecting this abuser? And to add to this horror, Clay Ryder is still running horses at Delta Downs! Unbelievable.
    Thank you, Donna Keen of Remember Me Racehorse Rescue for leasing the helicopter to expose the cruel truth. You are a friend to horses, that’s for sure!
    Now, the local authorities and the state of Louisiana need to seize the rest of the horses at the farm and press felony charges against Clay Ryder. He should never be allowed to own another animal. Ever.
    Sincerely,
    Owner of rescued and adored OTTB

    •  It would seem to me that if the law itself won’t make Clay Ryder accountable, the racing industry should DEMAND it.  No more racing, no more registrations, and no admittance to racetracks.  Period.

    • Roisin

      Thank you for what you said and a huge thank you to Donna Keen and all involved for their amazing efforts on behalf of helpless horses.

      It is outrageous this man is allowed to continue his abuse of these animals. But what is even more outrageous is the inaction of the local authhorities. 

      This inexcusable  situation needs the full attention of the media and the Sheriff’s Dept. should be forced to explain their inaction. 

      Even an LA Sheriff answers to someone !!!  

  • 2hindsocks

    Thank you, Ray for picking up this story. This situation needs to be exposed on a national level. Horses have been neglected, starved and dying for a year at Ryder’s River Ridge Farm at the hands of Clay Ryder. The sheriff and his deputy have known about this the entire time and have turned their heads and refused to act. They state that they are “investigating it” while horses continue to suffer and die. LHRA took in some of the horses a year ago, and horses are still being starved and dying. I would think one year of “investigating” and counting the carcasses would be time enough. No charges have been filed! Why are the authorities protecting this abuser? And to add to this horror, Clay Ryder is still running horses at Delta Downs! Unbelievable.
    Thank you, Donna Keen of Remember Me Racehorse Rescue for leasing the helicopter to expose the cruel truth. You are a friend to horses, that’s for sure!
    Now, the local authorities and the state of Louisiana need to seize the rest of the horses at the farm and press felony charges against Clay Ryder. He should never be allowed to own another animal. Ever.
    Sincerely,
    Owner of rescued and adored OTTB

  • Thank goodness some can be saved. The only thing I worry about is that some I saw  are already up for adoption when it appears that many of them are in need of a great deal of rehabilitation first   

  • Thank goodness some can be saved. The only thing I worry about is that some I saw  are already up for adoption when it appears that many of them are in need of a great deal of rehabilitation first   

  • Loonylinda1

    Sounds like the Sheriff has deap pockets!

  • Loonylinda1

    Sounds like the Sheriff has deap pockets!

  •  It would seem to me that if the law itself won’t make Clay Ryder accountable, the racing industry should DEMAND it.  No more racing, no more registrations, and no admittance to racetracks.  Period.

  • The problem is that all of the aftercare programs and groups that are designed to help horses after their careers are over in racing simply do NOT help the ones that are in the biggest need of help. Many of the bigger rescues that get BIG dollars from the industry tend to only help the horses that they can put into adoptable homes and in the meantime, the ones that we see going to slaughter the most, are the ones that are still never being addressed. 

    Until the industry decides to wake up and implement a plan to euthanize those horses, the problem will worsen. And until the fans of the sport and people who love the horses wake up and stop pretending that those BIG rescues supported by the industry leaders are “trying” to save them and come to terms that this is simply NOT the truth, slaughter will continue to be a problem and the sport itself will continue to have people who hate it for that very reason. Horse rescue has become in many ways more of a business and less of a cause to help these athletes that are in trouble. 

    I follow many many MANY horses and I follow the vast majority of them straight to slaughter… where are the rescues that got BIG donations to save them? They are certainly not there for these horses ..I PROMISE you that! SO for me, just my opinion and observation on what is going on, but I feel as if the horses could be helped more if the industry would make sure the money is being used to save the horses MOST in need. The big donors in the breeding and racing industry need to stop giving money blindly to rescues that don’t and be sure to ask them why are they NOT saving horses that really just need to be put down so they are NOT sent to slaughter. 

  • Sunny

     Sorry, that’s BS to assume that the available names are because the horses were slaughtered.  The JC has a time limit for held names and to reuse names.  They allow a certain a amount of time to pass from active racing, and geldings names get released sooner than stallions or mares in case of reproduction.  Vast majority of the time, the JC doesn’t get any reg papers after a horse is shipped, and kill buyers don’t notify when they ship TB’s to slaughter because the papers are likely not provided to them or have been tossed.  A lot of OTTB’s are finding jobs in other sports that do not require papers or valid reg, many, many TB’s go off grid to the JC after racing and are just fine.  Look how many TB’s are 3-day eventing, in the hunter/jumper world etc that show under new names.  Many riders don’t even know the reg’d names, maybe a tatoo is too hard to read or they never actually raced so don’t have one.  I just had a little mare I sold 7 years ago with her papers show up about 5 miles from me at a new barn.  I am her last owner on JC record and the young girl who bought her wants to transfer the papers into her name.  The mare has gone through at least 4 barns and several students since I sold her bringing young students up the ranks and I’m still the one who has to sign the transfer because no one else bothered.

  • Bonniemcdo

    Thanks for this story. Have supported horse rescue for years . We need more of these stories put out there but this is one everyone should take the time to read. Good job.

  • Bonniemcdo

    Thanks for this story. Have supported horse rescue for years . We need more of these stories put out there but this is one everyone should take the time to read. Good job.

  • Sunny

     Further to that, direct quote from the article on drf.com that you are referring to ” The Jockey Club has published a list of approximately 46,000 names
    released from active use. Most of these names are from horses more than
    10 years old who have not raced or have not been used for breeding
    during the preceding five years. Names selected from the list for re-use
    are subject to approval by The Jockey Club.”

  • 1fdoos

    They need to make a food drop if the property owner won’t let them on the property.  This is just horrible, and I hope they can be saved.  Disgusting owners.
     

  • 1fdoos

    They need to make a food drop if the property owner won’t let them on the property.  This is just horrible, and I hope they can be saved.  Disgusting owners.
     

  • Carinabella

    Great report, even though it’s such a horrific topic.  I would like to give special kudos to Donna Keen for her gumption in getting a helicopter aloft and doing some documentation.  You are a hero to me, Donna.  I’ve read about your rescue plenty of times and already had immense respect for you … this just reaffirms it.  God bless the horses who manage to escape this madman …

  • Carinabella

    Great report, even though it’s such a horrific topic.  I would like to give special kudos to Donna Keen for her gumption in getting a helicopter aloft and doing some documentation.  You are a hero to me, Donna.  I’ve read about your rescue plenty of times and already had immense respect for you … this just reaffirms it.  God bless the horses who manage to escape this madman …

  • Just very very sad……  where is the MIND..  God step in sooooon

    • James Staples

      God is all around us…In the form of DECENT Human Beings…ty…

  • Just very very sad……  where is the MIND..  God step in sooooon

  • Just very very sad…where is the MIND.   God step in sooon….

  • Just very very sad…where is the MIND.   God step in sooon….

  • I can hardly even sit and think of this whole situation… Life can be so cruel and sad…. Can’t wait for paradise, have to believe there is more than this here, earth..

  • Roxannemitz

    Sunny, I too am the last owner on a now 18 year old gelding that lives up the road. He went to a “rescue” group that was going to euthanize him because of a knee issue. He has been a great trail horse for two families for 13 years, thanks to someone who rescued him from the rescue group. His name was released years ago.

  • Absolutely there are many horses that go to second careers and new lives after racing but the ones that are not sound when they are at the end of their careers are a huge number of the thousands that go to slaughter each year. 

    Many that are sound also go to slaughter because the racing owners refuse to allow the horses to be saved by anyone in fear of punishment for those that they can not re-home. I have talked to several trainers myself that tell me that there are many out there that once would list the horses as available and look for homes for them but now they hide from the spotlight and try not to draw attention to themselves .. their horses are quietly shipped directly to slaughter, never seeing an auction or having a chance to have a new life. Because of this, I for one generally do NOT believe that owners and trainers should be attacked when horses are shipped off. I believe it is a problem in the industry itself that needs to be addressed on a higher level to protect all of the athletes in this sport. 

  • Thank you for picking up this heartbreaking story! It has gone on for far too long, and Clay Ryder needs to be exposed, both inside and outside of the industry, for his blatant neglect and refusal to responsibly care for the horses dying in his care. 

  • Thank you for picking up this heartbreaking story! It has gone on for far too long, and Clay Ryder needs to be exposed, both inside and outside of the industry, for his blatant neglect and refusal to responsibly care for the horses dying in his care. 

  • James Staples

    “Where is the SPCA”???…Been asking that same question for many moons…ty…

  • James Staples

    Great Post Ms. Cooper…ty…

  • James Staples

    Race Horses just like Children can’t take care of themselves…PERIOD…ty…

  • Erin Thompson

    FINALLY this is getting mention outside rescue circles!! Thanks Ray for that, and Donna Keen, Deborah Jones and everyone else involved for forcing this issue and not quitting on these horses. Time for local authorities to do SOMETHING, and for the racing industry to flex its meager muscle and at least prevent this guy making a living in it and perpetuating this.

    Also find it sick someone would come on here and criticize the work rescues do because the way they’re doing it and which populations they’re helping isn’t to your liking. What are you doing to help??

  • Erin Thompson

    FINALLY this is getting mention outside rescue circles!! Thanks Ray for that, and Donna Keen, Deborah Jones and everyone else involved for forcing this issue and not quitting on these horses. Time for local authorities to do SOMETHING, and for the racing industry to flex its meager muscle and at least prevent this guy making a living in it and perpetuating this.

    Also find it sick someone would come on here and criticize the work rescues do because the way they’re doing it and which populations they’re helping isn’t to your liking. What are you doing to help??

  • James Staples

    God is all around us…In the form of DECENT Human Beings…ty…

  • William L. Anton

    THIS IS TO RAY: Thank you for exposing this sad but true story. You certainly have the power of the press and make certain the local papers get this story.  Expose this BAD Sheriff Dept. Send a letter to the Governor of Louisana and ask why??  Then print his answer.  Should he refuse to answer or act on this man and the local authorities–EXPOSE HIM TOO!!!!  This story sickens me and all of the people that have sent their blogs below. I just cannot believe the LA. racing board allows this man to participate in racing, yet they will hand out fines and suspensions for minimal actions within their jurisdiction. THEY ARE A JOKE!!!!

  • William L. Anton

    THIS IS TO RAY: Thank you for exposing this sad but true story. You certainly have the power of the press and make certain the local papers get this story.  Expose this BAD Sheriff Dept. Send a letter to the Governor of Louisana and ask why??  Then print his answer.  Should he refuse to answer or act on this man and the local authorities–EXPOSE HIM TOO!!!!  This story sickens me and all of the people that have sent their blogs below. I just cannot believe the LA. racing board allows this man to participate in racing, yet they will hand out fines and suspensions for minimal actions within their jurisdiction. THEY ARE A JOKE!!!!

  • Khansen1

    So.. to who and where do I send a check ? Certainly they could use some $

    • Liz Dapp

      Please send donations to Remember Me Thorougbred Horse Rescue on line. they have a Pay Pal link. Thank you!!!!!

      • JLC

         It’s http://www.teamkeen.com and it has a PayPal link.  BE GENEROUS. Thank you.  (I am not affiliated with RMR; I am only another donor.) 

        • Khansen1

          Done,
          I don’t do pay pal so I’ll send them a check

          • JLC

             They’re always very appreciative of people’s donations.  If you are the breeder of a beautiful, new grey thoroughbred stallion, let us know how your boy is doing.  :-) 

          • Khansen1

            Nope, I quit breeding my mares a couple years ago had it with the out of control Med’s vets and trainers

          • JLC

             God bless you.  Were I a breeder I’d probably feel as you do, too.  People either put the animal/athlete first or they don’t…I prefer the former category.  :-) 

          • joyce long

            right on Khansen 1   am sending check too and sorry it wont be big but am stretched pretty thin on the ones in need here at home   thank God for Donna Keen

    • Southernyat

      Since the horses are under the care of Louisiana Horse Rescue and are located in Louisiana, please send donations through the paypal link at:

      http://www.lahorserescue.com

      Thank you.

      They also have a Facebook page: Louisiana Horse Rescue

      And they have some videos up on the progress of the horses at YouTube: user name Richmond Plantation (12 videos)

  • Khansen1

    So.. to who and where do I send a check ? Certainly they could use some $

  • Liz Dapp

    Please send donations to Remember Me Thorougbred Horse Rescue on line. they have a Pay Pal link. Thank you!!!!!

  • Roisin

    Thank you for what you said and a huge thank you to Donna Keen and all involved for their amazing efforts on behalf of helpless horses.

    It is outrageous this man is allowed to continue his abuse of these animals. But what is even more outrageous is the inaction of the local authhorities. 

    This inexcusable  situation needs the full attention of the media and the Sheriff’s Dept. should be forced to explain their inaction. 

    Even an LA Sheriff answers to someone !!!  

  • JLC

     It’s http://www.teamkeen.com and it has a PayPal link.  BE GENEROUS. Thank you.  (I am not affiliated with RMR; I am only another donor.) 

  • Sunny

     I agree Mary with most of your comments.  While I do not feel shipping to slaughter should EVER be the last resort, I do  understand why it happens.  I feel a level of sympathy having witnessed many, many good, quality horsemen get shredded by rescue groups and supporters for selling a horse that ends up at a sale. Some are scared to sell their retired horses off the track because of what will happen down the road.  I’ve been an observer to many rescues, local and not so local, and the hate and threats that come with a new TB intake is horrendous!  Many of the TB’s I’ve seen bought by rescues from auction have had several owners since racing, yet it’s the race connections that take the heat when the sob story gets out.  I have personally witnessed old connections get ripped to shreds because a horse they once bred/ran/claimed ended up at a sale.  The most recent was an 16 year old mare that had been given away as a 3 yo off track.  She went on to a varied career as jumper/eventer then broodmare for sport horses for a few years.  She had several years of troubled conception and slipped her last foal, so they breeders gave her away as a retired pleasure mount.  5 months down the road, mare ends up at meat sale, gets bought by a rescue group and the last known race connections got attacked, harassed, threatened.  They had zero idea where the mare was prior to the sale.  They stepped up as did the sport horse breeder and between them got the mare in a happy retirement home with family friends. 
    A much stronger after care program needs to be implemented, where every racehorse has somewhere to go.  Higher mandatory fees on trainers and owners when getting licenses and stalls and while that will make it hard for some to continue training, maybe it will be an incentive for trainers and owners to think before getting involved, or bailing out.  I would also like to see the JC register horses with an external brand that identifies them as a program horse, maybe owners or breeders can enroll them, much like the Breeders cup.  So when that horse ends up in the kill pens, in feedlots and abattoirs, it alerts them that this horse is not eligible for slaughter. 
    Obviously these are thoughts only, implementation would take massive amounts of time and cooperation from many who will likely be resistant, and there will always be the ugly ones who choose not to be involved because of the almighty dollar.  But maybe, over time, they can be removed…it’s a hope anyways.

  • Khansen1

    Done,
    I don’t do pay pal so I’ll send them a check

  • Stahel

    Thank you for picking up this story and posting this!!!

  • Stahel

    Thank you for picking up this story and posting this!!!

  • Jim Gath

    TIERRA MADRE HORSE SANCTUARY in Cave Creek, AZ can take two of them if they can get here…………….Jim Gath

  • Jim Gath

    TIERRA MADRE HORSE SANCTUARY in Cave Creek, AZ can take two of them if they can get here…………….Jim Gath

  • JLC

     They’re always very appreciative of people’s donations.  If you are the breeder of a beautiful, new grey thoroughbred stallion, let us know how your boy is doing.  :-) 

  • joyce long

    mary   you have said it like it is…..thank god for people like Donna Keen but the BIG money goint to the wrong rescues has to be addressed…..so does euthenasia  Right here in Arizona are people who will fund euthinasia when needed…better than starvation or going to a mexico slaughterhouse…and a wonderful rescue EQUINE ENCORE THAT IS STRUGGLING FOR FINANCING BUT NEVER LETS ONE OF THEIR 70 horses wnt for anything…years ago i did some business with Firal RYder (FATHER OF THIS JERK CLAY??)  nice man  bet he is turning over in grave….more owners/trainers/everybody need to take responibility for these wonderful horses who lay down their life for us    I am sending Donna a small donation  and totally support EQUINE ENCORE in every way i can…too sick thinking about this to go on

  • Joyce Long

    good comment sunny     names released doesnt mean abad end   lots of second chances if owners/trainers just try and thankfully most do

  • joyce long

    right on Khansen 1   am sending check too and sorry it wont be big but am stretched pretty thin on the ones in need here at home   thank God for Donna Keen

  • Khansen1

    Nope, I quit breeding my mares a couple years ago had it with the out of control Med’s vets and trainers

  • JLC

     God bless you.  Were I a breeder I’d probably feel as you do, too.  People either put the animal/athlete first or they don’t…I prefer the former category.  :-) 

  • Susan Watkins

    Louisiana Racing Commission needs to step up to the plate and refuse Clay Ryder any type of license or involvement in this.  It makes people like us that work so hard to run a Thoroughbred Farm to be respectable.  With all that goes on in the industry its really time to ALL to get their act together…..

  • Susan Watkins

    Louisiana Racing Commission needs to step up to the plate and refuse Clay Ryder any type of license or involvement in this.  It makes people like us that work so hard to run a Thoroughbred Farm to be respectable.  With all that goes on in the industry its really time to ALL to get their act together…..

  • Ann Taylor

    “loonylinda1” proves not loony w/a stand-out comment about the sheriff’s “deep pockets”!  Yep – appears so. This situation constitutes an EMERGENCY — animal cruelty is a felony in most states. Clay Ryder MUST be sanctioned now, ASAP & NOT sometime down the road, between coffee & doughnut breaks. This outrage of horse abuse is beyond astonishing for the length of time Clay Ryder been coddled by racing and law enforcement authorities.  He’s a trainer? W/a license? OMG. I am beyond enraged. Ray P., Donna Keen & connections, you obviously share the rage and will press onward. I’ll help by chipping in. 

  • Ann Taylor

    “loonylinda1” proves not loony w/a stand-out comment about the sheriff’s “deep pockets”!  Yep – appears so. This situation constitutes an EMERGENCY — animal cruelty is a felony in most states. Clay Ryder MUST be sanctioned now, ASAP & NOT sometime down the road, between coffee & doughnut breaks. This outrage of horse abuse is beyond astonishing for the length of time Clay Ryder been coddled by racing and law enforcement authorities.  He’s a trainer? W/a license? OMG. I am beyond enraged. Ray P., Donna Keen & connections, you obviously share the rage and will press onward. I’ll help by chipping in. 

  • Milezinni

    Euthanize the horses as an alternative?!? What the #[email protected]#, REALLY!?! Bred a horse to make some money, and now they can’t race anymore so let’s just kill it? What is wrong with you people? Hey, I got an idea, lets EUTHANIZE Thistlesdowns, Beulah park, Suffolk, Tampa, Calder, Fair Grounds, Hawthorne, Portland Meadows, Golden Gate, Laurel, Mountaineer, Charlestown, Hastings, Emerald Downs, Presque Isle, parx, Hollywood, et al, and then the horse population would be lessened signifigantly and the rescue operations, and retirement programs and aftercare programs could get a handle on what is nothing short of a pathetic attitude and a malicious industry of #$!$!…All those of you that don’t think that list of horses has been slaughtered you are fooling yourself. Look em up, alot of them never got out of the maiden class, most never got out of the allowance levels. They have ZERO breeding value and do you have any idea what it costs to keep a horse for another twenty years? Here are the numbers on the slaughtered horses for 2012….Mexico 104,355, Canada 51,669….it’s estimated that 60-80% came from the US. And if you think there are thousands and thousands of “wild” horses roaming the planes, your delusional!!

  • Larryburndorf

    News flash, thoroughbreds aren’t the only horses that go to slaughter.

  • Southernyat

    I have seen these horses personally and am working with them. They are with Louisiana Horse Rescue, and they have a Facebook page. I’m confident Donna Keen is forwarding or sharing funds received, but the horses are actually in a rescue in Louisiana.

    The horses are covered in bot fly eggs, so underweight and have had little human contact. We really need a volunteer farrier. But even before that, they need to get used to humans. The horses are doing so much better though. They want to trust humans so badly. They are curious but so so scared.

    Yes, they need rehab but there are also about 47 of them, so a few will be going to homes soon where people are familiar with rehabbing TBs. They ideally need one on one contact, but that is impossible right now.

  • Southernyat

    I have seen these horses personally and am working with them. They are with Louisiana Horse Rescue, and they have a Facebook page. I’m confident Donna Keen is forwarding or sharing funds received, but the horses are actually in a rescue in Louisiana.

    The horses are covered in bot fly eggs, so underweight and have had little human contact. We really need a volunteer farrier. But even before that, they need to get used to humans. The horses are doing so much better though. They want to trust humans so badly. They are curious but so so scared.

    Yes, they need rehab but there are also about 47 of them, so a few will be going to homes soon where people are familiar with rehabbing TBs. They ideally need one on one contact, but that is impossible right now.

  • Southernyat

    If you want to donate, please use the link on Louisiana Horse Rescue website: http://www.lahorserescue.com

  • Southernyat

    If you want to donate, please use the link on Louisiana Horse Rescue website: http://www.lahorserescue.com

  • Southernyat

    Please send an email to [email protected]

    Thanks.

  • Southernyat

    Since the horses are under the care of Louisiana Horse Rescue and are located in Louisiana, please send donations through the paypal link at:

    http://www.lahorserescue.com

    Thank you.

    They also have a Facebook page: Louisiana Horse Rescue

    And they have some videos up on the progress of the horses at YouTube: user name Richmond Plantation (12 videos)

  • Southernyat

    There are still 50 or so horses on Ryder’s River Ridge Farm in Natchitoches, La. Clay Ryder won’t surrender them. We have heard another of the horses on his farm died a few days age and he DUMPED it on a neighbor’s property and the neighbor and kids came across the rotting carcass. They apparently called the police and yet again nothing was done.

    Please call Natchitoches Parish D.A. Van Kyzer.

    • Southernyat

      Van Kyzar: (318) 357-2214

  • Southernyat

    There are still 50 or so horses on Ryder’s River Ridge Farm in Natchitoches, La. Clay Ryder won’t surrender them. We have heard another of the horses on his farm died a few days age and he DUMPED it on a neighbor’s property and the neighbor and kids came across the rotting carcass. They apparently called the police and yet again nothing was done.

    Please call Natchitoches Parish D.A. Van Kyzer.

  • Southernyat

    Van Kyzar: (318) 357-2214

  • Beth broussard

    I would like to adopt or rescue – but I can not find out how to contact someone to talk to
    – I can be reached at [email protected]

  • Beth broussard

    I would like to adopt or rescue – but I can not find out how to contact someone to talk to
    – I can be reached at [email protected]

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