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Horses abandonned in mountains - Rescue in progress in Canada

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  • Belle looks amazing. Look at that shine!

    Thanks for the photos. Glad to see the horses are doing so well.


    • Belle and Sundance got their day in court, 12/04/09

      Judgement day for Edmonton Lawyer, Frank McKay:


      Last edited by laserRob; Dec. 14, 2014, 10:59 AM.


      • too bad they will allow him to continue practicing law...it gives other lawyers a bad name.
        a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


        • http://www.fallingstarranch.ca/HorseRescuePicPage.htm

          Amazing series of photos of the rescue, this was the first that I found this link, so I thought I'd share it with others that may not have found it yet.

          I am so amazed at the recovery of these two, they don't even look like the same horses!

          Kudos to all involved!
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          • I couldn't believe McKay would, with all his financial resources, refused to help in the rescue effort in any way at the time. In my mind, what he did that was thoughtless and inhumane. He basically denied any wrong doing in the press and directly to me.
            I suppose he doesn't feel any shame for his actions. The one horse was only 3 years old and was being used for mountain packing already. That in itself shows what little regard he has for the animals who nearly gave their lives for his pleasure.
            He got his criminal charges eliminated by trading a guilty plea for the mior charge.
            What he has been ordered to pay doesn't nearly cover the efforts of those hearty volunteers who hand shovelled for days to rescue those horses, but at least its something more than a handslap.

            Forever more, if someone abandons a horse to the wilderness, I hope it will be called "pulling a frank Mckay".
            "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF


            • Originally posted by DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho" View Post
              too bad they will allow him to continue practicing law...it gives other lawyers a bad name.
              I don't know about that. People don't think all doctors are mass murderers because one of them shot a bunch of people at Ft. Hood, or because another one murdered his family in NC and blamed it on hippies. Anyway, I certainly hope people won't think all lawyers are horse abusers because of this one. We're not, I promise.

              I imagine he got to keep his license because the disciplinary board found his actions didn't affect his ability to practice law. I doubt he's going to have much of a practice after this, though - I don't know what field of law he's in, but I sure wouldn't want such a callous selfish son of a bitch handling my case.
              I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


              • One jerk ... and many, many caring people.


                • TAZZIE thanks for posting that link. The best photos have got to be the ones showing the horses being lead down the logging road. I can barely type this post through my tears.

                  Thank you to everyone involved in saving these horses. Just incredible.


                  • Update.........Belle leads the parade at McBride's Adventure Week.



                    • can't see the photos if you're not a member of snow and mud ...


                      • no, but thanks for the update laserRob
                        "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF


                        • http://www.mcbrideadventure.com/

                          try this link - video on site
                          pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

                          Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill


                          • Pictures courtesy of Snow and Mud forum

                            A frozen Belle, Dec2008:


                            Here she is preparing to parade a couple weeks ago. Horse trainer Birgit Stutz (seated) spent a couple weeks working with Belle. Birgit was also one of many to trail Belle and Sundance to safety.



                            • This story is why I am perfectly ok with shared use trails - when all groups can be respectful of others they work out just fine for the most part.

                              I think Frank McKay's name is mud enough...especially where he is from.
                              Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                              • Great news for those horse lovers who followed this amazing Christmastime story on the forums as it was happening: "The Rescue of Belle and Sundance" by Birgit Stutz (who as I recall helped coordinate their rescue) and Lawrence Scanlon is available on Amazon.ca

                                I ordered one as a Christmas gift for...moi.
                                Proud Anti-Slaughter Handwringer http://www.tbfriends.com/


                                • Oh neat! Thanks for sharing that Gwen.
                                  You jump in the saddle,
                                  Hold onto the bridle!
                                  Jump in the line!


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Another one to add to my collection of Lawrence ScanlAn... It is also available at Chapters Indigo in Canada.


                                    • question about the horse rescue on Amazon

                                      Originally posted by gwenrowdy View Post
                                      Great news for those horse lovers who followed this amazing Christmastime story on the forums as it was happening: "The Rescue of Belle and Sundance" by Birgit Stutz (who as I recall helped coordinate their rescue) and Lawrence Scanlon is available on Amazon.ca

                                      I ordered one as a Christmas gift for...moi.
                                      I went on Amazon.com and couldn't bring up the book about Belle and Sundance. Am I doing something wrong?


                                      • Original Poster

                                        It's actually on Amazon.ca
                                        and at Chapters.ca

                                        Only in Canada?


                                        • Upcoming movie:

                                          Horses of McBride