Video: Clewiston Police round up fleeing pony

On Tuesday morning, the Clewiston Police Department received a call referencing a horse running down U.S.#27. With officers wondering if someone might have been “pranking” a patrol unit was dispatched. Sure enough – there she was, however it wasn’t really a horse, but more like an adorable pony who had been out for a morning jog – or more equine appropriate – a gallop.

After a short pursuit officers were able to take the pony into custody with the help of “pony whisperer” Officer McLeod.

“Needless to say our cuffs didn’t work. Pony was processed for “Fleeing to Elude” an officer,” the department wrote on their Facebook page.

And so the pony was held for questioning. The officer posted the following:

“After interviewing the pony, he was released as he was just trying to train for a future marathon. After a few carrots, he was brought back to his pasture. We would like to thank the community who supplied the carrots and helped us contain the horse in an area where we could use rope to bring him back home.”

Watch the adorable video to the end, but pay special attention as the other ponies as they all galloped to the fence to greet their friend home – all safe and sound.

Hoping this all brings a smile to everyone’s face:

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Horse repeatedly kicked by owner after collapsing in Havasu Fall hike

A group of hikers on a tour in Havasu Canyon witnessed a horse repeatedly kicked after it collapsed on a trail on Thursday. The owner tried getting the horse back on its feet – still burden laden, and when that didn’t work, is alleged to have kicked the horse in the face.

More than 20,000 people annually visit this remote part of the Grand Canyon in Arizona which belongs to the Havasupai tribe. For years animal advocates have complained about the mistreatment of many of the hundreds of  horses, burros and mules used to carry heavy loads up and down the canyon every day. The treatment of these animals is abusive and cruel.

A series of photos, posted on the SAVE Havasupai Horses Facebook have been gaining viral attention. Under the photos the following comments were added to the already disturbing images.

“SAVE received the following photos this afternoon, from a group of hikers who were in Havasu Canyon YESTERDAY, 4/19/18. After the horse collapsed, the owner tried getting it up to its feet. When that failed, HE BEGAN KICKING THE ANIMAL IN THE FACE.”

Susan Ash, SAVE Foundation founder had the following to add:

“A common rebuttal to our posts showing the abuse to Havasupai pack animals is that these are singular “isolated incidents” and “not the norm.” We’ve never denied that there are good wranglers/packers in Supai who treat their animals well and care for them. The amount of photos, videos and tourists’ testimony proving that this abuse is much more common than a few “isolated incidents.” however is astounding.”

The person who witnessed this terrible scene and took the photos is filing a complaint with the BIA.

To learn more and how you can help, please click here.

“Please see  website havasupaihorses.org and then call the BIA. The governor of Arizona. Legislators. And keep calling. Tell every single person you know.”

(Photos of horses in Havasu Falls hike via Facebook)

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Spring in Minnesota and horse fell through melting ice

In Maple Grove, Minnesota, first responders were able to rescue a very lucky horse after she accidentally ran onto thin ice near Elm Creek Park Reserve.

According to the Facebook page of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the horse named Lakira just wasn’t thinking where she went “ahoofing.” Moments after the sheriff’s office tweeted about the emergency, police officers, firefighters and deputies gathered to help pull the thousand pound animal out of waist deep freezing water.

Fortunately, rescuers were able to attach a harness to her and slowly lead her to the safety of the shore. The owner said Lakira didn’t seem to be injured, but was going to have her checked by a veterinarian.

“So a horse falls through the ice… It’s not a joke, a horse really did fall through the ice yesterday,” the sheriff’s department tweeted. “But thanks to several police officers, firefighters and Sheriffs deputies the horse was rescued, uninjured!”

The sheriff’s department, happy for a positive ending with Lakira on Monday, did have a few words of warning to the residents of the “State of 10,000 Lakes.” As temperatures fluctuate so does the thickness of the ice; in some areas the ice can be a foot deep while just a few feet feet away can be only an inch or two. In addition, please keep your pets on leashes so they do not wander out into the ice – should that ever happen however – call the authorities and do not venture out on unsafe ice.

(Photos courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota)

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Owner of Mokai Lounge buys horse led into bar to give her loving home

An asinine stunt at the Mokai Lounge in Miami Beach on March 9, when a scantily clad dancer was led into the crowded and noisy lounge riding a frightened white mare led around by a rope, almost cost the owner the revocation of his club license.  City Manager Jimmy Morales had some stiff penalties for Roman Jones, who was charged with animal cruelty and a threat to public safety. A video of the horse panicking, slipping on the dance floor and bucking the woman off went viral.

Roman paid some heavy fines, but was allowed to reopen on Wednesday evening. According to the Statement from Miami Beach Manager Jimmy Morales the club paid $12,150 in code violations to the city and donated $10,000 to a horse rescue charity. Only service animals will be allowed in the club.

But now there’s more, and after numerous apologies and admitting full responsibility for the dangerous deed to both the horse and patrons, Jones stated he couldn’t forget about the little white mare and how this terrible experience would have affected her. And so on the club owner’s Instagram page, he told the world  on Wednesday he bought the white horse and renamed her Hope.

“…I bought Hope the horse. I’m very sorry for what happened at Mokai and I take full responsibility, regardless of whose idea it was. In order to make amends to the horse directly, I purchased her and am boarding her at a private barn with other horses where she could be loved, bathed, dewormed, well fed and looked over by a vet. She will live out her days happily, and hopefully helping children with therapeutic interaction as she loves children.

Roman Jones added:

“She has been renamed Hope for a new beginning and a happy life in a peaceful environment. Hope is a very special horse, she is a small Arab cross and has one blue eye. I will update my Instagram with more photos and videos in the weeks to come. I thank my friends for accepting my apologies and remorse, and I appreciate the special people that expressed care, compassion and support.”

(Photos via Roman Jones’ Instagram)

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Miami Beach nightclub set to reopen after costly horse stunt

There will be no more horses in the Mokai Lounge in Miami Beach. The club is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday after photos and a video of a scantily clad dancer fell off of a panicky white horse being led around in the lounge by a rope. A man tried to calm the animal after he slipped and bucked the dancer off of his back.

The stunt has proven  to be quite expensive for the club. According to the Statement from Miami Beach Manager Jimmy Morales the club will pay $12,150 in code violations to the city and donate $10,000 to a horse rescue charity. Only service animals will be allowed in the club. If any unauthorized animal is ever used in the club again, Morales will revoke the club’s license permanently.

“We take very seriously what transpired in that club, and we wanted to structure an arrangement that would likely ensure that such improper conduct would never happen again at this business.”

On Monday, a hearing at city hall had been joined by Mokai Lounge employees wearing orange shirts that read “Save Our Jobs.” The incident which occurred on March 8 led to the revocation of the club’s license because of animal cruelty violations and public safety hazards.

Roman Jones, the owner of the club stated the white horse in his lounge stunt was not his idea and suspended his marketing director without pay the next day.

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South Beach nightclub’s license revoked after horse ridden into bar

What in the world was someone thinking when they brought a horse into a South Beach, Florida nightclub as the music blared and an exotic dancer tried to ride the scared equine through the crowd?

The disturbing scene occurred at the Mokai Lounge on Thursday evening, after a scantily clad dancer fell off the panicky horse being led around by a rope.  A man tried to calm the animal after the horse lost his footing and fell; a video of the debacle outraged animal advocates. Social media erupted in disgust, and for the last 24 hours, animal advocates have bombarded the phone lines and email addresses of Miami Beach City Hall and police demanding action on this despicable deed of animal cruelty.

According to the Miami Herald, City Manager Jimmy Morales revoked Mokai’s business license Friday afternoon, citing a threat to public safety and the city’s animal cruelty laws as sufficient evidence to shut down the club, located at 235 23rd Street.

“I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take,” Morales stated in a press release on Friday afternoon. “This activity was not permitted and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation.”

An investigation continues, led by the Miami Beach Police and the code enforcement department, but after reviewing “multiple videos/media clips” the frightened horse could be seen bucking the bikini clad rider off in the club. Eyewitnesses have also supplied authorities with statements.

The club is now closed, and according to city spokesperson Tonya Daniels, the license revocation is permanent, however the club can appeal the ruling. The owner of the club, Roman Jones, has denied any part in the stunt. The horse has been located and according to his handler was not injured. According to Jones, the marketing director, who arranged the horse and the dancer, has been suspended.

Social media participants have written numerous posts on Facebook claiming this was not the first time live animals have been used in the club; citing a camel circulating among customers and another white horse with the name Mokai painted on its side.

“Animal cruelty is an abhorrent and vile act. I fully support the immediate actions taken by the City Manager and his staff to ensure that this is remedied quickly,” Mayor Dan Gelber of Miami Beach stated.

(Photos of South Beach club with horse inside via Facebook)

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Outrage as South Beach dancer rides scared horse inside nightclub

What in the world was someone thinking when they brought a horse into a South Beach, Florida nightclub as the music blared and an exotic dancer tried to ride the scared equine through the crowd?

The disturbing scene occurred at the Mokai Lounge on Thursday evening, after a scantily clad dancer fell off the panicky horse being led around by a rope.  A man tried to calm the animal; a video of the debacle outraged animal advocates. Instagram follower Sofia Jaramillo wrote:

“Disgusting. No words to describe what I feel when I watch this. I hope they get what they deserve.”

Christina Mignon Pino posted the video and photos to Facebook encouraging followers to share:

“PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO TAG, SHARE AND REPOST, it is important WE ARE THEIR VOICE!!!Last night @mokaiofficial (owned by @theromanjones) decided a nightclub was an appropriate place for a horse (we just found out this isn’t the first time AND that this horse was also @kikiontheriver on Sunday!!!! This is OUTRAGEOUS and nothing short of animal abuse! You can clearly see how scared this horse is and even falls (btw do you know if horses break a leg, they are usually euthanized?!?). Not only is this extremely dangerous for the horse, it is extremely dangerous for the people around the horse as well. So stupid on so many levels. WE CANNOT ALLOW THESE THINGS TO KEEP HAPPENING!! SHAME ON YOU MOKAI!!”

Check out the video at this link.

There has been no shortage of shaming aimed at the Mokai Lounge for even allowing this to happen. The club continues to delete all critical statements from their social media page. Witnesses and onlookers reported this to the Miami Police who posted early Friday morning confirming an investigation has been started:

“Last night MBPD was made aware of this incident at Mokai. We are very concerned over the allegations. As such, we have launched a joint investigation with Code Enforcement.”

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Riders injured after umbrella spooked carriage horse in Central Park

On Sunday afternoon, three passengers were injured after an umbrella spooked a carriage horse while in Central Park South. The incident occurred at 12:15, when a pedestrian opening and closing an umbrella screamed loudly which startled the horse.  Moments later the white Percheron galloped down the street, across Sixth Avenue; his driver jumping off the buggy to help the panicked animal.

According to Pix11News, the frightened horse, named Arthur, wedged himself and the carriage between two stopped vehicles. The passengers were then able to climb out of the crumbled carriage – fortunately they suffered only minor injuries.

“I think this really highlights that horse carriages do not belong in chaotic traffic,” stated Edita Birnkrant, executive director of the animal advocacy group NYCLASS. “This was a horrifying crash that happened. This horse spooked; ran completely out of control with no driver.”

“The enforcement of these carriages is a joke and it has only gotten more lax in the last four years despite repeated assurances from City Hall,” continued Edita in her statement on Sunday.

For years, the NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets) has advocated banning all carriage horses from New York City streets, and is now urging the City Council to limit carriage rides to just Central Park. In addition, the organization wants additional protection for the horses stating the carriage horses live in small stalls without pastures to roam and graze.

Carriage drivers, however contend the horses are well cared for, loved and are routinely rotated from working in the city to rural farms where they graze in pastures and “hang out with other horses for companionship.”

New Yorkers seem to be divided on the issue. Advocates for keeping the iconic horse carriage rides, contend the horses are happy doing their jobs, the drivers make their livings with the horses and fear that the horses would meet terrible deaths at Canadian or Mexico slaughterhouses if the carriage industry folded. Where would the horses go animal advocates have repeatedly asked?

Christina Hansen, spokesperson for the carriage industry in New York, stated Arthur was not injured nor was the driver.

“Everyone in the carriage industry works every day to ensure the safety of our horses, our passengers and the public, and our record speaks for itself,” Christina said in a statement. “That every single accident we have is considered news is a testament to the safety of our industry.”

And so the hotly contended battle of the New York City carriage horses continues.

Read about a runaway horse carrying passengers in Wisconsin.

(Photos screenshots via NYCLASS)

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World’s most handsome horse and here’s why

Maybe you have never heard of a Friesian horse, but once you’ve seen one, it’s doubtful you will ever forget the breed’s beauty, grace and size. In 2016, the Friesian stallion, named Frederik the Great, was named the world’s most handsome horse. In a few gallops, it’s easy to see why.

The Friesian breed originates from Friesland, a province in the Netherlands. Starting out as a draft horse to work on farms, the breed’s size and noble appearance made them popular during the Middle Ages, when knights wearing full armor were no hardships for the horses to carry on their backs. Although there have been close calls as to the breed’s extinction, the Friesian has made a popular comeback; the breed excels in both dressage and driving.

Frederik lives in the Ozarks at Pinnacle Friesians in Arkansas. Frederik is a 15-year-old, award-winning dressage horse with his own YouTube channel and a Facebook page with more than 86,000 followers.  He is an impressively handsome, well-muscled stallion with a jet-black, curly mane that almost reaches the ground. His breeder, Stacy Nazario takes pride in the breeding of  purebred Friesians. No denials from here that Frederik’s presence is indeed breathtaking.

(Photos and video via Facebook)

Take a few minutes and watch Frederik’s video:

 

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Video: Sheriff’s deputy asks runaway horse ‘will you stop please’

A Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputy gave us all a big smile while rounding up a runaway horse on Wednesday morning. Who would expect to see a gorgeous paint running north on US 19 in the Hudson area at 8:00 a.m.?

When the deputy spotted the horse, he carefully pulled up alongside of him while calling the Agricultural Unit for assistance.

“We’re traveling at one horse power,” the deputy could be heard saying.

But that wasn’t all the deputy said. On the organization’s Facebook page,  the polite and exemplary officer of the law is heard asking  the horse to “please stop” and repeated the request twice, however the horse just wasn’t in the mindset to heed the man in uniform. Instead it has been told he had been “just horsin’ around.”

Fortunately, the horse was successfully corralled as officers directed him to take a left on Rainbow Oaks Drive and into a subdivision along Emerald Ridge Drive where he was out of danger of oncoming traffic. Deputies were then able to stop him and locate his owners. All’s well that ends well; the horse is fine and has been reunited with his family.

(Photo and video of runaway horse courtesy of Pasco Sheriff’s Office Facebook.)

Check out the video – guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

 

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