One of our readers commented on our original post about Gwen Stockebrand to tell us that charges had (finally) been filed against Gwen! We immediately went over to google to see if we could find out some more details – after a quick search (no, I didn’t search at work. I would never do that… quickly looks the other way) we found an article on Rate My Horse Pro that indeed confirms charges have been filed against Ms. Stockebrand. This article also tells of the unfortunate news of the passing of one of the rescued mares. Sister was euthanized after presenting stroke-like symptoms. It was later determined that she had, in fact, suffered from a bleed in her brain.
The good news is that the rescue, Lost Hearts & Souls, is reporting that Valerie is now a 3 on the Henneke Body Chart (she had a score of 1 when she was rescued).
This photo is from 9 days after rescue – already gaining!
This one is from mid-December. Still a little ways to go, but she’s looking a lot better.
And here’s Sister after being rescued, happily chomping away, may she rest in peace.
For those of you that have been following this case from the beginning, you might remember that there were a few people who were less than thrilled that this case was perhaps receiving more media attention because of the involvement of a former Olympian. Well, now that charges have been filed against said former Olympian we can chime in with our two cents (or four cents, since there’s two of us). Olympians are held to a higher standard. They’re role models to the rest of us. They also cannot use the excuse of lack of knowledge – they are the experts in their field and have access to resources that most of us only dream about.
We don’t believe anyone’s personal lives should come under public scrutiny, what people choose to do in the privacy of their own homes is very much their own business, provided it doesn’t hurt anyone or anything else. That was not the case here. Gwen Stockebrand has been formally accused in this case of neglect and we most sincerely believe she should be punished to the full extent of the law should she be found guilty.