How One Family Ended up Starving Horses and Facing Possible Jail Time

smellshorsey Archive on March 9, 2008, 6:42 pm

Everybody (or at least all horse lovers) hear(s) about stories of horse abuse and can't even imagine how this happens. Apparently, it doesn't happen all at once. The State newspaper ran a front-page story on how the Trexler family ended up where they are today. Very sad. For them and the horses. Yes, I feel sorry for the people, too. And I'm praying for them. They have to be as damaged as the horses. I'm not saying they shouldn't suffer the consequences, and that unlike the horses they made choices
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Our First Outing in Our New, Used Yukon

smellshorsey Archive on March 8, 2008, 12:15 am

I already told you that for Lily's 13th birthday she wanted a new truck and things happily went her way with Paul's car dying and his needing to replace it. It's a burgundy 2005 GMC Yukon that is really not a wise purchase with the price of gas, but Paul and I are switching off with my Prius. Whoever is driving the most that day gets the Prius. Paul is not crazy about the Yukon -- he said he loved his Passat, which he could have continued to love while sitting in it while on the side of the road
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Hay! I Just Paid $11.99 per Bale

smellshorsey Archive on March 7, 2008, 11:53 pm

Woo wee! I'm running out of hay, as I knew I would because we can only store so much. I just bought ten bales of Timothy and mixed grass for $11.99 per bale. Did I mention Buddy and Lucy eat a bale a day? I also got a bag of alfalfa cubes. I'm not sure what I'm doing, but maybe they'll need less hay if they're getting soaked alfalfa cubes (I don't know what I'm doing but this is how I got through last spring when I ran out of hay so I know what I'm doing except how to buy enough hay for the winter).
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Good News! Quarantined Horses Don't Have EIA

smellshorsey Archive on March 7, 2008, 11:43 pm

Since the news media love to leave us hanging with the bad news about the Trexlers breaking the Georgia equine infectious anemia quarantine on their horses and bringing those horses to S.C., I decided to turn into an investigative reporter (not much of one) and find out for myself: do these horses have equine infectious anemia or not? I had to go to the Clemson's Sandhills Station today to pick up Buddy's Coggins test (negative, always expected and always a relief to get it in my hands) and I asked
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They Better Not Have Brought Equine Infectious Anemia into this Area!

smellshorsey Archive on March 5, 2008, 10:50 pm

Okay, it was bad enough that the Trexler family didn't feed their horses or care for them. That really was bad enough, far worse than words can say. But now I'm really mad. They brought 26 horses here, into my county and possibly my neighborhood -- as in right down the block -- that were quarantined in Georgia for possibly having Equine Infectious Anemia. They've not only abused their horses. They've put mine and a great many others at risk for this disease that can't be prevented and can't
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You Can Wear Out or Rust

smellshorsey Archive on March 5, 2008, 10:12 pm

I hurt. I don't know if it's from riding Lucy for her rehab (and being out of shape), riding the exercise bike (and being out of shape) or working out regularly at Butterfly Life (and being out of shape), but there's not a spot on my body that isn't whining about something. I wonder if the rehab is making Lucy hurt, too. I don't think so. My saddle is even hitting in the wrong spots on me. But the potential to hurt her is there, so I'm taking it slowly, even if she's not. An older lady told me
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My Daughter and the Horses are Calling the SPCA

smellshorsey Archive on March 4, 2008, 11:48 pm

(Photo is not me. All my hair is pulled out.) Okay, I've got a new routine going and I'm not in the rhythm yet. Since Paul now has a gas-guzzling, horse-trailer pulling SUV and I've got a gas-sipping Prius and the price of gas is obscene, I'm taking Lily to school MWF, working out at Butterfly Life and sitting down to work at my computer all bathed and dressed, fed and disorganized by 9:00 a.m. I think it's a good routine for everyone. It's just not routine yet. So yesterday morning I was sitting
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71-year-old Waitress Receives Racehorse with "Weak Leg" as a Tip

smellshorsey Archive on March 3, 2008, 10:06 pm

Photo from I hope this story has a happy ending. A 71-year-old Houston waitress received a 5-year-old, 16.2 hand TB ex-racehorse with a "weak leg" as a tip from a customer. Hmmm. Just what a 71-year-old woman needs. I assume the "tip" didn't include money for care, boarding, vet bills, farrier, etc. And what's a "weak leg"? Oh dear oh dear. The good thing is that the new owner is thrilled. Honestly, I don't think she should be. She's been given someone
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You Can't Get Good Service on Saturday

smellshorsey Archive on March 1, 2008, 4:45 pm

It's a Saturday morning. My turn to feed the horses. Only I don't feel like getting up early. So Lily goes down to feed the horses. And they're pretty grumpy about the bad service at this restaurant. Here's the photo she sent me. That's my sweet Lucy with her nose over the fence.
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Non-Saintly Brother Award

smellshorsey Archive on March 1, 2008, 4:40 pm

I have a Non-Saintly Brother, as my regular readers (especially of LifePundit) are all too aware. But this story about the Non-Saintly Trexler Brother Terry should win an award. This is the guy who, along with his mother, is in hot water and jail for neglect and abuse of their herd of Arabian horses. A couple of weeks ago he detained (which is considered kidnapping) a Humane Society worker who was at his property photographing his miserable, starving horses. So what does he do when the sheriff
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What a Horse Girl Wants for Her 13th Birthday

smellshorsey Archive on February 29, 2008, 4:08 pm

Lily turned 13 last week. Her biggest desire is for the means to go places -- to Pony Club, horse shows, trail rides, whatever. So she was dying for a truck and either repainting our trailer or getting a new one. (Note: She's not old enough to drive. Yet.) Fortunately for her, Paul's Passat died. I could write several pages about our disappointment with Volkswagens. I've driven nothing but VWs since 1979 and have had wonderful experiences driving them until the wheels fell off at 200,000+ miles.
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Because Her Dad Pulled Her to Horse Shows

smellshorsey Archive on February 29, 2008, 4:16 am

Today was riding lesson day. It was also the day the National Guard was flying. A pair of F-16s kept roaring over. It's hard to find them in the sky because the sound is one place and the jets are in another. I tried to take a picture with my cell phone. They were too fast and my phone was too slow. It was a strange but beautiful mix of worlds -- girls riding horses on the ground and jets that stop me in my tracks every time I see them streaking up above, which is often. I trailered Lily and
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Animal Bones and Possible Mass Horse Grave Under Investigation

smellshorsey Archive on February 29, 2008, 1:08 am

In spite of the good news in my previous post about the horses that were confiscated from the Trexlers in Sumter and Hopkins, S.C., there's a worrying on-going investigation into the animal bones they've found on the breeder's former property in Sumter. Worse still is that there are rumors of a mass horse grave. You can read the developing story here on the WLTX web site. Here's an excerpt:The investigation came after the Humane Society says they received calls from Sumter County residents that
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Abused Horses Have Excellent Chance at Recovery

smellshorsey Archive on February 28, 2008, 2:26 pm

Photo from Humane Society web site. Fortunately, the horses confiscated earlier this week will probably all be fine. They mainly need food and worming. Here's an excerpt from a TV interview with the attending vet, Mike Privett:What happens to the horses now that they are in custody of the Humane Society? WIS News 10 sent Drew Stewart to find out.   It's a scene veterinarian Dr. Michael Privett sees all too often. "We'll see cases with the Humane Society periodically, every year or two.
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In Addition to Horse Abuse, Charges Now Include Kidnapping!

smellshorsey Archive on February 28, 2008, 2:17 pm

Story updated here 2-28-08 Just when you think the story has gotten as sad and bizarre as it can be, now the man who's facing horse abuse charges and has been suspended from his $84,000/year job as an assistant director of the state department of agriculture has been arrested on kidnapping charges! Here's part of the story from The State -- front page, above the fold: An assistant state agriculture commissioner is in jail — charged with kidnapping after police say he threatened and detained
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The Plot Thickens

smellshorsey Archive on February 27, 2008, 4:09 pm

Here I've been posting like maniac about the family whose Arabian herd has been confiscated for abuse in neglect in S.C. and Georgia. There are arrest warrants for the mother of the clan and one son. Now the plot thickens and I'm not sure whether to post or shut up. There is another son involved. He had the five worst case horses hidden in his barn at his home. And here's the worst part:James Trexler (the son) is the state's Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture. Officials say the five horses
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What Do You Consider Cold Weather?

smellshorsey Archive on February 27, 2008, 3:53 pm

This is a photo of Shelly from Saskatchewan's horse watering bowl. Her dad has to add hot water every morning to thaw it out. And I've been whining about having to crack a thin layer of ice! What do you consider cold weather? I'm a wiener. I think it's cold today. Here's the weather report for S.C.: In the wake of Tuesday's cold front, highs will struggle into the 40s today and overnigt lows will drop well into the 20s. Brrrr! I told my 95-year-old father to stay home today, which he said
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Maybe I Need a New Camera

smellshorsey Archive on February 27, 2008, 2:22 am

You've seen my fine camera work. Life is zooming by at the speed of a jumping horse pushed onward by a horse-loving 13-year-old girl, and all I get is the tail flying over the jump. I'm losing priceless memories, though since I switched to digital at least I'm not wasting film. I understand that a fancy camera could make up for a lot of my incompetence. And did I mention that we're still shooting videos on VHS? The big tapes? The last time we tried to use it, it didn't work. Maybe it's time for
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Same Family Charged with Horse Cruelty in Georgia

smellshorsey Archive on February 26, 2008, 6:14 pm

A friend just called me to tell me that the same people who are charged with animal cruelty and neglect are not new to this. It's a whole soap opera. One of the sons is a disbarred lawyer. The mother owns and breeds the horses in S.C. and Georgia. Georgia officials quarantined one pasture of neglected horses and some of those horses have disappeared. Wonder if any of them are the ones confiscated yesterday? Here's more on the story in Georgia from the Rome News-Tribune (and I'm sorry about the
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Update: Owner Claims Horses Are Skinny Because They'd Just Foaled

smellshorsey Archive on February 26, 2008, 5:29 pm

Here's more on the story about the rescued Arabians. It gets worse -- this woman's a breeder and claims that they are skinny because they just foaled. Here's an excerpt from the report you'll find here:"These horses are well taken care of. I've been doing this 15 years. I know a little about horses."   Trexler claims she's purchased more than $1,200 worth of feed for the horses. She also claims she's planted the field with rye grass for the animals.   As for why some of them
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