For the SECOND time, a San Diego reining trainer has caused the death of a horse he had in training; this time it was the barn owner's own horse. Both times he tied a horse's head down tight to the saddle & the horse(s) flipped. First one died pretty much instantly with a broken neck, this one broke her neck but a vet had to put her down. Humane Society has a file on him & have been keeping involved from the first incident. He's been kicked off the property where he was training & I think he'll have trouble finding somewhere to go around here. Googling him I discovered he had also trained in New York & North Carolina.
We have 5 NRHA Reining Shows here over the spring/summer. Two shows ago a boarder said she saw blood on the horse's mouth & he was throwing dirt on it to cover it up - no proof of that, unfortunately. The last show he got a no score when the judge found a bloody spur mark. Humane Society sent an officer to one of the shows (forget which one) to look over his horses & he was complaining they were persecuting him.
And yes, I'm outing him. His name is Mark Arballo. His girlfriend's name (she trains with him) is Patrice Hohl. He was training out of River Valley Ranch in San Diego, dba Arballo Reining Horses. Frankly, I don't understand why he still had clients after the first incident or why the ranch didn't kick him out after the first death, but everyone may have considered it a freak accident.