Monday, April 27, 2009

Horse abuse: Spread the word!

My birthday was yesterday, so of course I had a nice birthday visit at the barn. I'll blog about that later today, but right now, a horrifying case of horse abuse takes precedence.

Today on Fugly Horse of the Day, there was a post about a man named Randy Byers who has a horse training business in Washington. I don't know if any of my readers are located in the Pacific Northwest, but FHOTD requested that everyone cross post so that this man can't repeat history with another little girl's horse.

Basically, it sounds like this "trainer" beat some little girl's poor, older Arabian mare to death. She died after a severe beating and being driven too hard, at any rate. After a quickie examination, a local vet gave some B.S. diagnosis that she'd died from a stroke (which you can't actually determine without an autopsy, apparently), and they quickly shipped the body back to the little girl's family to be buried. That way, when animal control came poking around, there was no longer any evidence of the abuse this poor mare had suffered.

From the FHOTD post:

Again, this is RANDY BYERS who is currently holding clinics at the Triple H Arena in Chehalis, Washington, FAB Quarterhorse Ranch in Spokane, WA and the Hart Ranch and Arena in Yakima, WA. He is currently training out of Carbon Stables, 15340 133rd Ave SE, Yelm, WA 98597 (this is the fourth facility in about a year or so...he got kicked out of the facility he beat the mare to death at and he got kicked out the facility before that, too)

FHOTD says that this guy does pretty much the same thing to every horse that he "trains," but this poor little mare just couldn't take it. It's a terrible thought, how much this poor mare suffered before she died.

People in the horse community are usually pretty tight, so I hope all of my readers will continue to repost and spread the word about this "trainer."



At August 5, 2009 at 8:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a shame that you would post lies about someone just because you read it on some attention wanting individual on fhotd. Sadly this is the reason that good trainers can't help people who really want it. I have had Randy train horses of mine and watched him train them and other horse. Not once did I ever see any kind of behavior you two spout off about without any firsthand knowledge. Before you defame someone should really get the facts first instead of some asshat's opinion.

At August 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Anonymous, FHOTD said it was a friend of hers. I don't think that's someone just wanting attention. Furthermore, if Fugs trusts her friend -- which I'm sure she does -- that's plenty good enough reason for her to post about it.

As for me -- well, I trust FHOTD a heck of a lot more than I trust someone who comments anonymously on my blog!

At March 29, 2010 at 6:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Randy Byers rocks! You suck! get your facts straight before rubbishing someone's name.

At May 1, 2011 at 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From reading your post you were obviously not present and cannot make these accusations. However, you are correct that a stroke cannot be determined without an autopsy and are you positive that one was not done? You should really have all of your facts straight before you drag someones name throughout the mud, we have had the opportunity to meet Randy and must say the horse he had with him was exceptionally well behaved and worked well for him. This slander shows poor editorial skills and we as horse owning family will not be reading your blog in the future. Further more being a horse owner you must know that the vet could not do an autopsy without the consent of the owner or "the little girl" as you put it... I guess hell hath no fury like a woman scorn.... What did he very do to you to be so bitter.

At May 2, 2011 at 12:08 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Oh yeah, I'm sure you were going to be my next biggest fan. Ha. Most likely the only reason you even found my blog was by Googling Randy Byers's name. Oh, and before you criticize someone's "editorial skills," better brush up on your own:

1) It's "someone's" not "someones"
2) "Furthermore" not "further more"
3) This blog post could not possibly ever be slanderous. If you don't understand why, you need to look up the meaning of the word.
4) While you're at it, look up the word libel, too. "It sounds like" and "FHOTD says" are not accusations.

Anonymous comments always crack me up. Yeah, you believe so strongly in Randy Byers that you are ashamed to attach your name to your post? Can we say friend or family member?

At September 18, 2011 at 8:36 PM, Anonymous tackmaster said...

I have no idea who "Anonymous" is but I have had a good 4 years of learning advanced riding skills with Randy both at Ron Coppels stable and at Carbon stables. I have 2 overly smart paint/mustangs and an not so intelligent appendix gelding which Randy has worked with quite extensively. He has never mistreated my horses, and has always welcomed my being there any time night or day to show up to ride and work them myself.randy has also helped my husband to learn and appreciate the finer points of horsemanship. I am very grateful for his help.

At September 25, 2011 at 3:50 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Anonymous, even if you're telling the truth, there are others who have stories of his abuse who are also telling the truth. There's new information online, including a video that shows him whipping a horse continuously while riding. Why would anyone want to take a chance on Randy Byers? Sure, maybe there are people like you who are perfectly happy, but anyone who hires him is risking their horse being the next one he does abuse.

At August 21, 2015 at 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Randy ride a few finished horses, liked his human instruction and what he had to say, so I asked him about starting my horse. First let me say that it is my opinion that he is a misogynist. Problem #1 if you happen to be female(I heard enough about his ex-wife to make ones eyes cross). Problem #2 was the first "go to" tool was a dressage whip in each hand. He went right to the whip within the first 30 seconds. I was literally stunned. This gelding is very sweet, hyper sensitive and so very eager to please. Randy started cracking him continuously with the whip and put welts on him. WTH??? I stopped Randy and said that I changed my mind. I 100% believe that this guy is capable of horse abuse. If this is what he thought was acceptable to do to an animal in front of the owner right off the bat, I can see him doing much worse at other times "behind the barn". I have been around horses most of my life and I have seen it all. There was no way this was going any further. I would never have Randy Byers touch another one of my animals.

At August 22, 2015 at 1:53 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Anon, thanks for weighing in! I agree, if he's willing to go right to the whip while doing a demo for the owner -- a time when he would presumably be on his best behavior -- that makes one question what his worst behavior would be. Good for you for stopping it right away -- but unfortunately, not everyone has the experience to know right away like that when a trainer is trouble. That's why it's good to spread the word about people like this!


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