A 3-year-old Thoroughbred suffering from a gruesome head wound—slicing in an arc from the top of his head through his right eye— was dumped off this week at a Louisiana horse lot.
The shockingly injured gelding was identified via a lip tattoo as Thoroughbred Say Dat Who, according to well-known race owner and Thoroughbred advocate Maggi Moss, who nearly singlehandedly ignited a firestorm of outrage this week when she published a photograph on Facebook of the mangled animal.
Moss obtained the photograph from well-regarded horse shipper Angelo Trosclair, who had gone to the lot with his daughter to rescue another horse, Moss says, and discovered the T-Bred standing among other horses. “Angelo is a very good shipper,” she notes. “I use him for my own horses.”
Moss says that Trosclair reported to her that he transported the animal to the Red River Equine Hospital in Benton, La., where an anonymous source at the hospital confirmed to Off-TrackThoroughbreds.com yesterday that the animal was euthanized “due to traumatic head injury.”
Say Dat Who
Dam: Preston Star
Foal date: Feb. 7, 2012Though Trosclair could not be reached for comment for this story, he displays the photo on his Facebook page along with a statement from Moss pleading for help in locating the person responsible for the inhumane treatment.
In a telephone interview with Off-Track Thoroughbreds.com, Moss says she was so sickened by the condition of the horse that she has begun a letter-writing campaign to Louisiana lawmakers to investigate, and help shed light on the mysterious and frightening circumstances that led to the demise of a racehorse still wearing his racing shoes.
“I think the three things that are so shocking about this are 1) he was wearing new racing plates 2) nobody called the vet or euthanized him before this point and 3) discarding a horse in this much pain in a lot like this is the equivalent of throwing out your trash,” Moss says. “Somebody dropped off this horse. Somebody is responsible.”
As the photo was shared across Facebook, Moss says it was her hope that the poor animal would not have died in vain; and that the picture would trigger an investigation by racing authorizes.
Still unanswered in the grisly discovery is who owned the horse last, what happened to the Thoroughbred, and who discarded an animal at the horse lot, she says, adding that the ugly incident should “open some eyes as to what things are going on in Louisiana.”
“Up until I saw that picture, I thought I had a real working knowledge of the brutality of what can happen to our horses,” Moss says. “Now I’m realizing that I hadn’t even scratched the surface.”
Anyone with information about Say Dat Who is asked to send a private message to Maggi Moss via her Facebook page.
In a statement to friends on Facebook, Moss thanked those who expressed concern for the horse. But she stressed it would be a hard battle to get the attention of the proper authorities. Sadly, she says, the demise of the 3-year-old bay is a drop in the bucket when compared to the “hundreds of thousands of horses going straight to slaughter we don’t even know about,” she says.
“The things I have learned as to the literal numbers of horses and broodmares being “dumped” to slaughter is staggering,” Moss states on her Facebook page. “THIS IS A PROBLEM on levels I have never seen …” which can only be resolved when lawmakers, racing leaders, racetracks and others in the horse world “unite to help protect the very horses that make up the racing environment, and, in a meaningful way.”