Certainly everyone has seen this article posted on Lancasteronline.com yesterday calling into question the legitimacy of the “danger” the horses AC4H peddles for Brian and Jen Moore are actually in. It’s what we’ve been saying all along. While Jen Moore unabashedly proclaims they send over 6000 horses to a violent death each year as way to make a living, and she also admits that many of the horses are “unusable.” In other words, they aren’t good candidates for shipping, but they will tug at your heart strings.
“What isn't clear is if the horses are truly in imminent danger or if they are being selected and sold on the basis of whether they can make money for the organization, not whether they are the most needy. Also, what happens to the horses that have no one to pay their "bail," as the organization calls it? What becomes of them?
Six phone calls and two emails to Christy Sheidy, of Bernville, who heads the organization, were not returned.”
(Note we’ve corrected the misspelling of Scheidy to the correct “Sheidy.”)
We’ve been saying all along that these horses are very unlikely to ship, and Jen Moore even confirms that in her comment about the horses “may” go to other auctions.
We’d like the writer to also ask what happens to the bail money for horses that are bailed over and over again? What about the horses being posted on multiple sites, including Craigslist? There is no transparency in the financial end of the bailing process. Well, there’s no transparency in anything going on in this saga.
Of course AC4H has made the news repeatedly of late, with the FBI raid in late April and ongoing allegations of conspiracy and wire fraud, and anecdotal evidence being shared by those who have dealt with the controversial rescue. What was of note particularly is that Ray Paulick, of the Paulick Report picked up the story and posted it as front page news. He has an international following in the racing industry.
The article talks about a breeder who was called with chilling information by one of the out of state volunteers for AC4H. How many times have we heard that story from breeders, trainers and former owners?
“The caller told her she needed to come up with several hundred dollars fast, or her former horse was a goner.
Eerily reminiscent of another AC4H story that made the very popular Fugly Horse of the Day Blog. It’s lengthy, but you’ll see that scare tactics have been alleged used by this group for years now.
(Big thanks to http://chestercountyramblings.com/ for caching this article and turning it into a PDF)
Also of interest is Christy’s assertion to Ann and Billie that LuckyAllMyLife was owned by AC4H, yet they now state on their FB page: “The horses listed through the broker program are owned by kill buyers and brokers not Another Chance 4 Horses.” So which way is it?
What is really heartbreaking is the story of Granville, owned by Melissa Martin. Can you imagine the horror of being told your horse was sent to slaughter?
“"I sold him to a show barn. Apparently in 2011 the show barn went belly up and he ended up at New Holland," Martin wrote in an email. "He was sold to Brian Moore, and AC4H was trying to raise money for him to be saved. Through many people, we made offers up to $4,000 but they wanted $6,000 and refused to release him."
Martin said she and other donors got frustrated because, although AC4H threatened that the horse was going to slaughter if the full $6,000 wasn't raised, she knew the horse was really too valuable to send there.
"Shortly after, all his information was taken off the AC4H website and they told me he went to slaughter to fill the truck," Martin remembered. "I recently found out he went to a resale barn but I have still yet to be able to find him anywhere."
Martin said people who buy and sell horses have a right to make money, but added, "Don't use the emotions of people to make a buck."
Certainly both the Moores and AC4H recognized this horse was valuable. He was almost certainly one of the horses the Moore’s buy for resale. It’s been clearly shown that horses in excess of $350 are rarely bought as meat horses. The dealers simply can’t make money on a horse priced above that. And very clearly, the Moores weren’t going to deny an offer of $4,000 and put a horse on a truck just to fill a load. That’s just isn’t smart business. Somebody offered them a little bit more and Granville was sold to them.
Cutting to the chase, what kind of a rescuer would prevent a horse from being reunited with its previous owner and tell her that he had died horribly?
It’s also been shown clearly that ponies don’t ship to slaughter. We’ve been told that Brian Moore himself will tell you it doesn’t happen, and we’ve presented shipping records that show it to be true. Yet minis and ponies are still being presented as “owned by a kill buyer” and in danger of shipping, even today.
Check out this “slippery” pony. He’s a really good horse!
Moore has been proven to not ship grays:
In fact, the AC4H broker pages are loaded with ponies and minis, all horses Moore doesn’t ship to slaughter.
Shamefully, this isn’t the only rescue who is partnering with a kill buyer to sell unshippable horses. Seeing the clearly profitable connection, at least three other organizations in Pennsylvania and one just across the border in New Jersey have jumped on the same bandwagon. With the New Holland Sales Stable in such close proximity it’s become a quick way to make an easy buck preying on the emotions of big hearted people who don’t understand how the system really works.
Thanks, Susan Baldridge for having the courage to write this article. You will certainly experience a backlash from the angry minions that come scurrying out whenever the program(s) are questioned. It’s important to raise the level of public awareness about the true intentions of some organizations who pose as rescuers of horses. We can only hope you'll continue to expose the broker owned and placement programs for what they really are.
It’s also important to note that there are many wonderful rescues that do rescue horses the right way without partnering with kill buyers or being dealers themselves. We thank them heartily for not perpetuating the kill buyer’s way of life and for righting the wrongs done to our beloved equines.
And then there’s the rebuttal from AC4H, complete with childlike multi-colored text and varying fonts and font sizes. We won’t dignify the ridiculousness of the comments by linking it here, but if you do read it you’ll quickly note that the hot links to the email addresses for Mrs. Moore and Susan Baldridge have been omitted or deleted. Manufactured? We can only know for sure if we see the emails and their headers.
Can you hear John Cougar Mellencamp playing in the background?
“When the walls come tumblin' down, When the walls come crumblin' crumblin', When the walls come tumblin' tumblin' downnnnnnnnnn.”