YouTube video claims horses are mistreated

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

GRAYSON, COUNTY, TX - An email circulating throughout Texoma and the country, is claiming a number of horses are being mistreated on a Whitesboro ranch.

That email contains a link to a YouTube video allegedly shot at the ranch. Grayson County Sheriff's officials are refuting that video and want to clear the air.

Some viewers claim the video was captured at a property in Whitesboro, and shows horses with visible ribs and hip bones.

While there is no doubt the horses are skinny, Grayson County Lieutenant David Hawley says they are eating and are not starving.

Hawley says this video is not from the region that some viewers claim and authorities aren't sure where that video came from.

While the claims on YouTube may not be true, Hawley says dozens of horses were taken from a Whitesboro ranch over the past two weeks, at least 8 of those on a court order.

Grayson County authorities say reports of starving horses are becoming routine but only a few of those calls turn out to be legitimate.

Denison Veterinarian Katie Hayes is an equine specialist and has worked with the Sheriff's Office investigating cases like these.

She says although they may look hungry, you never know their past history. “These horses didn’t get thin and starving overnight. So it’s going to take a while. Usually 3-4 months to put the weigh back on.”

The owners of the Houston Ranch couldn't be reached Wednesday night. We'll take a look at the laws regarding neglected horses and how owners can be held responsible, Thursday night on First News.


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  • by just an opinion Location: texas on Apr 24, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    Someone needs to consider the age of the animals. Some Senior Horses due tend to loose weight and cannot be fattened up. Even though the owners have tried every thing, even talking with the Vet. I use Katie Hayes and she knows what she is doing. So why don't every one who has their own opinion shut up. Katie is a vet and are any of you who have mouthed off have that title. Well of course you don't ! I understand the concern about the animals, but before you start making alligations against some one you better know what you are talking about. So get off your high horse and stop and ask the owner if he or she might need help. Be a neighbor and see if the owner may have a medical problem, and might need some help.Have any of you thought about that!!!! There could be a number of reasons and all you can due is stir up trouble.
  • by dts Location: oklahoma on Mar 31, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    I have many horses, and for someone to say that even with feed and water that they cant get fat is DUMB!!! A horse can eat and eat until they cant eat anymore and still be skinny!!! I think that this Lydia lady needs to shut her mouth and quit acting like she knows anything and I think she need to appologize to the man for making him sound like a killer, and that he is not!!! I hope that she really finds out what happened and actually finds out something about horses or animals in general!!! This man is really a good guy, who cares for his horses,and pays alot for his horses feed!!! I hope the horses get better and that people quit making false aligations on this subject!!!! I will also be willing to house and rehabilitate some of the horses, and will do whatever to help this man!!!!
  • by Lydia Location: Legg on Mar 28, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    Being in the horse breeding industry for over thirty years this is appalling to me. Those horses where ever they are and whom ever has had the care of these horses are and have been neglected and starved, I dont know what this person is that says they are not hungry..look at the hooves, that tells the whole story of a horse. There has never been the money invested that is being claimed invested in feed on these animals. I blame the individual that is taking responsibility as to the care of these horses not the ranch that has been named..it is an individual involved..just because you see hay trucks does not mean they are getting proper hay.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    Somthing doesnt sound right here? The Authorities are claiming this video wasnt taken on the accused property, yet there have been claims that $50k in feed and care have been given these horses by the accused? I sure hope someone can sort this out because innocent horses and a people may get shafted. I hope you keep reading the comments as there are lots of leads to help you get to the bottom of this.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:06 PM
    I have a skinny horse, whose ribs and hipbones show (not as bad as the ones on the video). I bought him last month, and have been working on fattening him up... I'd hate to think that someone would see him and accuse me of starving him (the pony he's pastured with is fat). Like Ms. Hayes said, you just don't know their past history!
  • by Nancy Location: Whitesboro on Mar 26, 2008 at 08:41 PM
    I live in the neighborhood, and have NEVER ONCE seen any of the Houston horses appearing malnourished. I have seen these horses daily, for several years, and watched as load after load of hay was hauled up to them in the pasture. While the mares in the front pasture did enjoy the carrots and shredded wheat biscuit treats I took them, neither the mares nor foals has ever appeared to be poorly fed. I have no idea who made these claims, but as someone who is very partial to horses, had I ever seen any indication of starvation, I would have been the first to notify authorities.
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