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OMG! Someone's galloping down the expressway in Chicago!!

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    He has now been charged with felony animal cruelty:
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      There is definitely a better way to protest and raise awareness. There have been some very fine examples of protesting with horses SAFELY this summer. This is not one of them. Found a photo on twitter that shows the condition of the horse post-gallop: - very dropped pasterns, very low heels, unbalanced hoof, possibly lathered or maybe people hosed her off...?

      Now cue the radical animal liberation activists to start crowing about this whole mess, rather than about the terrible situation in Chicago.


        No words that I can actually get away with typing. I am glad they charged him with aggravated cruelty
        I\'m not crazy. I\'m just a little unwell.


          This is for sure a situation that 'just because you can doesn't mean you should' applies.

          What a wonderful horse for doing this for him.


            Originally posted by downen View Post
            He has now been charged with felony animal cruelty:
            I agree with his family in the video - animal cruelty was not his intention.

            However, he was sitting on that horse and running it down the (most busy in Chicago) freeway for 7 miles. Anywhere along that route would have been a good time to think "you know, my horse doesn't understand what we're doing out here, and has no skin in the game... this isn't fair."

            His cause is fantastic. His enthusiasm is great. Unfortunately, it seems like when he got into horses he got into the "Red Shirt" type crowd, who are a little... ahem... rough around the edges when it comes to good horsemanship.

            From this, I hope he learns better. I don't think he should have his horses taken from him or anything - he just needs a much better mentor.


              What kind of human being does that to an animal? His behaviour sullies whatever cause he was trying to promote.
              No matter where you go, there you are


                Originally posted by endlessclimb View Post

                I agree with his family in the video - animal cruelty was not his intention.
                I do not disagree with this.

                But, he did not bother to think about the welfare of his animal before deciding on his stunt to get attention.

                His desire to be noticed outweighed his desire to make sure his horse was safe and well taken care of.

                Does anyone know, were the people on motorcycles part of his group or just random people?


                  Originally posted by trubandloki View Post

                  I do not disagree with this.

                  But, he did not bother to think about the welfare of his animal before deciding on his stunt to get attention.

                  His desire to be noticed outweighed his desire to make sure his horse was safe and well taken care of.

                  Does anyone know, were the people on motorcycles part of his group or just random people?
                  I agree with everything you said.

                  I think they were part of his group as an escort of sorts.


                    Originally posted by endlessclimb View Post
                    I think they were part of his group as an escort of sorts.
                    I am shocked that not one of them had an ounce of common sense to convince him how this stunt was not a good idea.


                      Update on the horse. Doesn't sound good.



                        There are subcultures in the horse world where the horse is just a tool to be used and discarded like an old car. I would have to guess he's involved in that sort of group.


                          He's raised $85,000 on go fund me. I guess he will just go buy a new horse.


                            Originally posted by endlessclimb View Post

                            I agree with his family in the video - animal cruelty was not his intention.
                            Bless your heart.

                            He has been charged with Aggravated Cruelty.

                            Do you know how HARD it is to get an ordinary cruel treatment charge, much less AGGRAVATED cruelty?!

                            I have had horses die in my lap (literally) and the owners were not charged with ordinary cruel treatment because intent could not be proven.

                            To actually get an AGGRAVATED cruelty charge is the equivalent of a Vatican-certified miracle.

                            (510 ILCS 70/3.02)
                            Sec. 3.02. Aggravated cruelty.
                            (a) No person may intentionally commit an act that causes a companion animal to suffer serious injury or death......
                            (c) A person convicted of violating Section 3.02 is guilty of a Class 4 felony. A second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 felony. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, upon conviction for violating this Section, the court may order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo any treatment at the convicted person's expense that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation. If the convicted person is a juvenile or a companion animal hoarder, the court must order the convicted person to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation and to undergo treatment that the court determines to be appropriate after due consideration of the evaluation.

                            Hollingsworth was denied a permit for this event on Sept 9, and his intent was very clearly demonstrated as he DELIBERATELY proceeded to GALLOP a 20 year old mare with a heart murmur SEVEN MILES along a Chicago expressway anyway.

                            He does not love his horses nor does he try to care for them with their best interests in mind.

                            I do not care what his "intentions" were. I am here for the very conscious cruelty. There is no other word for it, and with over 4 million people having seen his complete ride, as well as the video he himself filmed of the five minutes on the parallel street to the expressway, and the entire on-ramp ride, he simply has no defense. He had plenty of opportunity to hop on a motorcycle with a pal, and slow traffic that way, or raise awareness in a dozen different ways.

                            And please oh please let him try the "I was just doing my best - I was trying to make a difference" defense - - the State's Attorney will have a picnic on that.

                            Not to mention Go FundMe, which has been receiving reports on both of his fundraisers; if he is not knowledgeable enough to not gallop a senior horse on the blessed expressway, then he is not knowledgeable enough to open a barn, which means his fundraisers have been operating under false pretenses.
                            "Let's face it -- Beezie Madden is NOT looking over her shoulder for me anytime
                            soon . . . or ever, even in her worst nightmares."

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                              Whether or not his intent was animal cruelty, I think we can agree that he is NOT a horseman.


                                That horse is a saint. But Mr Hollingsworth....well, not so much. Just another participant in the all about ME pageant and his poor horse had to suffer for it. Whether he MEANT to harm the horse or not, the fact is that he did and he should be punished. Not just for that but for all the other things he did that were against the law.
                                "Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
                                - John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)

                                Don't come for me - I didn't send for you.


                                  Sad update....

                                  So many things I want to say about this but don’t even know where to start!


                                    That poor horse was a saint, and his owner is a flaming idiot and an abusive monster. I hope he rots in prison and is never allowed near any animal ever again.


                                      Ill. Sick to my stomach. That poor, poor horse. I hope they make him be there when they euthanize her. I hope they make him hold her head when she breathes her last breath, and I hope his other horses are taken from him and he NEVER again owns any animals.


                                        And now I get angry and hope that stupid MFer goes to jail for a long time.


                                          His lawyer said saddle sores are "common" on horses. 😳. Polite words fail.

                                          You cannot abuse an animal like that and simultaneously claim empathy for humans. Didn't Gandhi have something to say about what you could tell about people by the way they treat animals?

                                          I felt sick watching them hold that horse still on the pavement after the 'rider' got off. She was breathing hard and sore. Please somebody walk her down! On the grass! Her poor feet. Her poor lungs. Not one single horseman among them. Not one.
                                          No matter where you go, there you are