Animal Rights/Pony Rides in LA
Soiba wrote at 2011-11-29 07:29:25
I witnessed exactly what you're describing this weekend at Griffith park. It was heart-wrenching. What bothered me the most was that the animals were forced to run, stop, dismounted, and remounted continuously and endlessly through out the day. It looked like shear torture.
If there is anything you've found that we can do about this, please let me know. I would like to help.
Jodi wrote at 2013-08-12 21:28:42
I actually have been working pony rides for 9 years for the same LLC and I must say, this sounds appauling. I would beat an employee myself if I whitnessed them smacking any of our ponies in any manner or fashion. All of our ponies are fat and silky smooth with regular vet care and hoof trimming, and we take the sometimes misconcetion of the geldings being "pregnant" as a happy compliment. They should not have what I call "dead eyes" or droopy ears that don't perk up often. Bedding should be laid if the ground is hard ALWAYS to comfort each step, along with the wheel being big enough in diameter as to nolt cause them bone discomfort from the tight turning. No pony should be worked for more than 8 hours MAX, ever! I looked up youtube videos of this "Park" and I can't believe that this is a legal operation. I cried. It's disgusting and cruel. They are showing all signs of ill health, lack of proper upkeep, care, and cleanliness. Their fur is dull and manes have no shine, meaning they are being fed the cheapest of the cheap food. Their steps are slow and rocky, and some unproper foot fall signals muscle deformation, bone discomfort, laminitis, or possible thrush. I can't simply believe this. I'd try to contact a reporter for a local station or paper and try to get the story out, get equine vet and farrier statements of signs of good and poor health. They even seem as if they have some neurological damage. I hope someone saves them. So many of them, and it's so heartbreaking to know that they are even still in operation...