http://www.equinechronicle.com/quarter- ... -incident/
The initial complaint alleged that a stallion, owned by Manion, was being very disruptive at the event, “kicking at people and other horses, attempting to bite people, and trying to climb over a wall where the stallion was tied.” Professional Horseman, Joe Howard Williamson, Corey Courville, and Jacob Taurel, provided statements that the stallion was “a danger to himself, other horses, and human life.”
In addition, the official show photographer, Sarah Sanderson, had this to say about the incident: ”I saw a girl trying to approach the horse; however, he was kicking at her. Every time she tried to circle around, he would just keep moving around to try and kick her. A man decided to try and help her out by going to the horse’s head from across the wall and try to calm him down. However, then the horse turned into a super aggressive maniac and started trying to attack him by diving over the top of the wall, pawing at it, and trying to bite him. The gentleman then moved away, as I don’t think he had any other option and was trying to maybe at least distract him, so he could hopefully get around to his head. This was not the case as the horse continued to kick out in any direction he could. At this point, I said to the person sitting next to me that I couldn’t watch any longer as I didn’t want to see this poor girl get her head bashed in.”
Once Manion discovered how the stallion’s behavior had taken a turn for the worse, he retrieved a BB gun from his truck and hid in a position where the stallion couldn’t see him. When the stallion exhibited the aggressive behavior, Manion shot him in the hip with a BB. Over the course of five minutes, Manion shot three to four BBs from the bb gun. After the horse calmed sufficiently, Manion was able to approach the stallion and untie him.
According to the release, issued by Mr. Hagen this morning, a SPCA veterinarian examined the stallion and found no injuries. Upon his return home, Manion promptly had the stallion gelded.
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