Skip to comments.Horse slashed again in Fairfax
Posted on 07/09/2012 10:42:31 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
A horse slashed in April was cut again over the weekend.
Lucinda suffered non-life-threatening injuries sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from Fairfax County police.
She was in a paddock at 2625 Centreville Road, property next to Frying Pan Farm Park.
The first attack happened between April 25 and April 26, when three horses at a private barn adjacent to the park were injured.
The horses are part of Spirit Equestrian, a non-profit therapeutic riding program operating at the popular park off Centreville Road. The program serves children with disabilities and special needs, along with veterans who ride as part of the Wounded Warrior program.
The horses, all trusting and trained to be gentle with people, had deep gashes on their rumps, hocks and hips.
The next attack happened one month later, on May 26, at Kidwell Barn in Frying Pan Farm Park.
In late June, Fairfax County police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with attacks on three horses, a calf, two goats and a chicken at and adjacent to a popular park in Herndon.
The teen was charged with four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of unlawful entry, a news release said.
Police said the teen was still in the Juvenile Detention Center at the time of this weekend's attack. They did not release his name because he is a juvenile.
All the animals are expected to make a full recovery.
and here I thought the A&P was just having its Summer Exotic Meat Sale...
That kid who hurt them before is a disturbed individual. God help him if I found him doing that to my animals...he wouldn’t need a therapist.
I just came inside for a break moments ago. It’s just over 100 deg. out there right now. I was up at the corrals feeding carrots to the babes (our two remaining horses), and chasing down the Donkey to do the twice daily medicating of the his leg.
I can’t comprehend how anybody could do something of this nature to any animal much less a horse.
What I wish for the individual, or the persons if/when they are caught would get this post pulled.
My money says he’s a member of PeTA and/or HSUS and he is protesting the cruelty of keeping animals in captivity.
Your Donkey, is it because of the flies? If so, what do you use?
We had a horse that used to give rides to kids like these. He was a Quarter Horse. He was the gentlest creature ever created. I can't imagine anyone hurting him in any way.
That horse was pure, unconditional love. It was almost as if he knew the kids needed him.
He eventually got too old and lame, and we had to put him out to pasture. We lost him two years ago of old age, but we'll always remember him.
When it comes to cruelty to animals, the punishment should fit the crime. Down to the last detail. Medieval? Oh, a tad.
But we’d have far less of it if that were the case.
Red Kote-spray. Have to catch him, and then spray the leg well. The Red Kote available at most feed stores will keep the flies off, and aid in healing, but only lasts a few hours thus have to do it at least twice daily.
Spray the horses, and the Donkey twice daily with Piranha Fly Spray also.
The Red Kote is for the open wounds, and the Piranha is for the rest of the animal.
Hello, someone explain to me why these horses were in a place that has no security and is easily accessible to the general public at night? My horse sure isn’t. These horses ought to be inside at night if creeps are running around the countryside.
At that age, that boy is waking dangerously close to crossing the border into Dahmer territory. He’s lucky to still be breathing. People who do things like that to horses usually end up buried in a pasture somewhere.
At that age, that boy is waking dangerously close to crossing the border into Dahmer territory.
Who’s to say the degenerate isn’t there already?
Look at his face. He wants to kick your ass, but doesn't want to get up.
Can Livestock Guardian Dogs be used with herding dogs? Does the guard dog think that the herding dog is trying to hurt the stock and become protective? Do they accept the herding dog? Do they have to learn that the herder is OK to have around?
I've never read anything about using the two types together, but I would bet my last dollar that somebody on FR knows all about this.
Apart from that, unless a part of the herd sounds the "alarm" (which I don't think it does when the herder is around), the livestock dog will keep dozing.
Just my uninformed opinion.
Frying Pan Park is NOT the countryside—even more reason to have security measures in place, especially after the last attack. It’s about a mile east of Dulles Airport. I don’t know why the park people think that property is safe left unattended.
I know the area of the park very well.
Of course it’s usual in hot weather to keep horses in during the day and out to graze at night, but in a suburban area, or an area where there is even a possibility that anyone might steal, harass, or injure horses, it’s a foolish risk. As I noted in my own post, my own precious horse has never been left outside at night near roads or gates, nor where anyone could find her. There is security at the barn in terms of motion detectors and a big ol’ dog. If it were my own barn, there would be security cameras too—and I am nowhere near so public an area as Frying Pan Park.
Exactly. I know people that board their horses and it isn’t cheap, much less the vet costs. I understand about letting them out to graze at night but considering the cost and the urbanization of FFX Co, I can’t believe some security wouldn’t be in place even if just for coyotes or bears. I know some owners around Clifton have no security...crazy. It’s just too big an investment, and IR cameras are too cheap anyway, not to have any.
Horses do need grass and freedom; keeping them locked up in a stall all the time is a good way to make them nuts. But in my view the freedom should come during the day, when people are around to supervise. Turning them out alone at night is just asking for trouble, especially when Fairfax is now entertaining loose dogs, coyotes, cougars, and human predators.
Even if you have cameras, they do no good unless someone is watching them all night long. Fine breeding farms install marecams and do watch them all night long during foaling season, but the average owner can’t do that. Motion detectors are set off by wildlife and by the horses themselves.
Baby monitors are a good solution for people who, like me, are experienced mommies and wake in an instant if there is the slightest untoward sound.