Equine Rescue

Renowned Stallion among Colorado Horses Found Starving

Emily Allen, Multimedia Journalist /Target 13 Investigator

“”I put him in this hell. I am responsible for selling him to those people. I owe him…”

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BLACK FOREST, Colo. – A renowned stallion was one of eight horses discovered in a barn with more than a dozen horse carcasses in Black Forest.

Neighbor Diana Ragula discovered the bodies of the horses in a barn near her home. Her dog got loose and ran inside. When she walked into the barn, she saw bones. She pulled up tarps draped over rotting bodies.

Most of the horses were seemingly rotting in the same place they laid down to die.

Stallion Dual Peppy was also found in that barn.

Peppy comes from a famous lineage of successful cutting horses. Cutting is an equestrian event in which the horse and its rider try to separate an animal from the rest of its herd.

Peppy was runner-up in a world championship competition. He raked in cash for his owners in competitions. His offspring are also highly coveted and continue to be top finishers in competitions.

When KRDO NewsChannel 13 found Peppy on Friday, he was seemingly starving. His ribs were showing.

Carrie Terroux-Barrett trains horses. She recognized Dual Peppy in photos almost instantly.

“When you look at a horse like this, you really are looking at a fairly well known horse in the industry,” said Terroux-Barrett.

Terroux-Barrett said the conditions he and other horses have been forced to live in are horrific.

“It’s been eye-opening to a lot of the people,” said Terroux-Barrett. “To see a horse of this caliber in this particular situation.”

She started calling around. She got in touch with his former broker and told him about Dual Peppy’s condition.

“To see a beautiful horse, and this was an incredibly beautiful horse, is very very difficult to look at. It’s very hard and it’s difficult to talk about,” said Pete Bowling…(CONTINUED)

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  1. “The owners of the horses found dead in a Black Forest barn are speaking out and tell News 5 while things might look bad, they never mistreated the horses.”

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    • And we must demand they never own another animal until the day they die. Register as incapable of care and be forced to register every time they move. We need to add another layer to the parole division.

      We must accept that this is as bad as a serial killer. We must demand sanity.

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    • It does sound like the owners of these horses are just plain crazy. They should not be allowed to own any horses or any pets. This is really sickening what they did to these innocent horses. Jail time should be the outcome for these people.

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  2. “Seemingly starving” “never mistreated” “foundered horses” no food anywhere, obvious intentional coverups of many many dead animals… no vet or HSUS folks initially contacted or allowed… disgraceful. Hope someone hangs for these deaths and these atrocities on innocent animals who were bought and sold without any voice.

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    • I wonder if the owner will be able to get the horses back since this was just a misdemeanor charge. I hope to God that she will not. This goes way beyond disgusting and cruel. This person should never be allowed to own another animal. I’m sure that the owner thought that by putting up a locking gate she could just continue this horrible treatment as soon as the media attention died down. These kinds of owners sure put a black mark on organizations such as AQHA when they are linked, not to mention the “political connections” that were mentioned. I just fail to understand how someone could pay so much for a horse and make so much from that horse, and then just let it starve. There’s a spot in hell reserved for people like this.

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      • We also have to face the realization that the motives here as dark as the inside of that barn. Competition is fierce amongst some and there would only be a few reasons why an accomplished athlete and proven sire would be aken out of circulation. I wonder who the dead horses are.

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  3. This whole story is BS. How can siuch amn incredible stallion, and he is, just disappear from the scene after this so-called broker (another fine way to make a living off animals) sold him to what? A breeder, an exhibitor, a practicing sadism expert? No one noticed the horse wasn’t out and about? Who is this person openly starving and allowing untold animals to rot in the barn and able to shush the story and retain the still standing horses after the cops arrived? And isn’t it amazing that – if it were NOT for neighbor “retrieiving” her dog and the news crew filming the incredibly cruel scene – the horses living would have continued in their quiet torture. Open to the stench of the rotting bodies. How many of those horses were buddies of his? And what of their lineage?

    Just what the hell was going on? The cops are shameless. And deserve to be fired.

    We, as a society, need to keep animals out of the hands of mentally disturbed violent people. We need to understand that there are people who should NOT have access to animals – zero tolerance. We might as well sell children or elderly on the street corner. This cleaning up is doing no good, just feel good stories about repairing the damage. But has anyone stoPped to think of the anguish, despair and pain of the dead? And so disrspected, they rotted where they died, covered with tarps. Must have really smelled through the summer. And flies… The cops couldn’t figure it out? FeLlow exhibitors. Friends of the monster (fellow monsters?)

    Don’t pat ourselves on the back. We allowed this to happen. We have to change that. There are animals, right now, suffering. Find them, pay attention. Demand your law enforcement do their job. Don’t settle for “we can’t do anything”. Every state has a law making it illegal to not fulfill the need of an animal. Having hay and water spigots does not meet that criteria. The cops can tell, they can use that “cop’s intuition” they use to raid a house or make a traffic stop. If they can’t do their job, they should go work for the library – not “protect society.”

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    • Yes, I agree with you that the cops were not doing their jobs. Maybe they were just lazy or uncaring. The officers should be fired for their incompetence. The situation is disgusting. We have to ask a lot of questions. Like for instance “didn’t any one else go on this property to see these horses besides law enforcement?” There must of been witnesses to this horror show. I only hope that the rest of the horses recovery and find good caring sane owners.

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  4. How incredibly sad for these magnificent creatures to be tortured and killed in this manner. How could anyone, who obviously paid a lot for some of these horses, just let them starve? It’s not disgraceful to ask for help if you run upon hard times, but it is disgraceful to just let them starve to death. I certainly hope the living horses are able to fully recover and find homes with people who actually care about horses and not just about how much money they can make from them. This is shameful, and the response of the police was pathetic.

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  5. I commented on this article The sad case of Dual Peppy could be seen as just a case of individual abuse or neglect by owners amid the usual demands to punish them. Or it could be seen in a broader context as proving that prize winning horses who made $$$ and fame for their owners often end up no better than those who suffer and die in complete anonymity. Why ? Because once a horse is treated as no more than a machine to generate $$$ for someone in the show arena or on the racetrack, it is easy to forget that they are also individuals, sentient beings with their own will-to-live. The man who sold Dual Peppy did not apparently think of his horse as nothing but a profit-making machine, to be discarded when no longer useful. But those who bought him apparently did. Why? Because once a society gets in the habit of seeing horses as nothing more than machines to generate someone $$$ or as pounds in some butcher’s scale at slaughter it is difficult to see them again as they really are. Like Dual Peppy they are individuals with their own will-to-live, who give value to their own lives, just like any human being, because they desire life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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  6. Overnight I realized from the video that some of those dead horses were dead a really long time… no hair or hide, just bare skeletons, such as you find only if animals are outside in the elements for years. Hair and hide take years to disappear in our climate (even outdoors with scavengers having easy access) so it also raises the troubling prospect they were skinned. This would also make them nearly impossible to identify.

    So someone knew valuable registered cutting horses were dying at different times, possibly over years, and took pains to cover them with tarps while letting others on site starve, and some others remained fed at least to some degree.

    Insurance fraud anyone.?

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      • Could be from other locations and probably is… these horses were hidden there, stashed away perhaps, and either killed or starved and the evidence not removed, just tarped. There can’t really be any other logical explanation.

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  7. Not turning it in to Veterinarian to assess and treat medically is a wakeup call that this is another cover story. NO BEFORE PROSLAUGHTER SAYS THIS CANNOT BE PREVENTED BY US SLAUGHTER PLANTS REOPENING. Google Roodhouse horses found dead and you will see all through history this has occurred. These people BOTH of them need prosecuted and mental evaluations. This is what happens when people do NOT investigate where they send their horses. You cannot Just Know anyone….you have to spot check and give a damn. The sorrow after this happened is convient when it could have been prevented. This is because these deluded people who support horse slaughter believed it wouod reopen and their lack on control on breeding before the plants closed and NOT investigating who they sell to and follow up on their condition. Proslaughter hasnt opened its eyes to the cruelty unless its a Certain horse. What about EVERY one them who suffered and those who died suffering? This is NOT about one stallion or the fact he was famous….so wpuld this NOT be printed if it was NOT for him? Every horse there was a life and that alone gives them equal prptections…equal care….equal compassion. But when this is spotlighted we should understand this is what ABUSE…NEGLECT and CRUELTY we saw throughout Illinois while the plant was there. While it was running these stories were recurring so people could DUMP their horses at the point of criminal charges and thats it. The law enforcement officials should have contacted a veterinarian because any delays in medical treatments can result in their part in animal cruelty. This is a case of horrific…blantant….cruelty regardless of the reasoning behind it. With the organizations to help these people this could have bern prevented if they simply had asked. Otherwise a veterinarian could have put them down and intervention aquired instead of a slow malicious death. This is the reason we have to have the Safe Act in place to expose….and stop this type of cruelty.

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    • Michelle, in my experience horses deal with death better than we do, they fear predation and suffering more. Once their companions are gone, they know it and accept it, especially if they are near. It’s worse (again in my experience) if their friends are hauled away alive and never come back. They call for them for days and weeks and are inconsolable.

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      • I was riding in the woods one day, and came across a recenty dead deer carcass. My horse lost his mind. So, I just wondered with that smell of decay and death so close to the rest of them, might have had an impact.

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      • Icy Spots is way off base here as Michelle mentions a valid and all too real repercussion of this neglectful situation. The smell of their fallen comrades was not only a horrendous experience for the surviving horses but a deadly one. Can you imagine the bacteria, bugs and having to breathe air heavily laden with death in a dark, closed off barn whilst you are starving to death? Horses do what they have to do to survive but living in those horrid conditions certainly had a great emotional and physical impact on them.

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      • WHP, I am not off base, I was writing from personal experience. Here in CO the air is very dry, and the first video shows it was very dusty in that arena. No doubt it smelled horrible and there is no excusing what happened there, but it is wrong to ascribe human responses indiscriminately to another species, which I happen to think is a remarkable and wonderful one of its own accord.

        I will share an example from a woman whose own horses did this. She had an aged mare who was starting to fail but was still mostly doing okay and was allowed to live in a large pasture with her buddies. One morning the lady looked out and saw all the horses clustered in a far corner of the pasture. When she went to look, she found the mare had died peacefully in the night, and the other horses had formed a circle around her all night to keep the timberwolves away. Will you presume those horses didn’t know their friend had died — and that they accidentally protected her body all night? I accept that horses are more complex than we allow when we simply overlay human motivations and behaviors on theirs.

        On another matter, the tarps on the carcasses makes no sense indoors, so has me wondering if some chemical agent was poured on them to quickly “disappear” the hides and other tissues so the animals could not be identified. Why else bother to cover them at all?

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  8. What a terrible thing. I hope Dual Peppy will be ok. Every time I think I see how low people can go, I’m always stunned that they can go even further.

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  9. His record:

    SOURCE: http://www.twisterheller.com/DualPeppy.htm

    Dual Peppy

    NCHA Certificate of Ability | NCHA Bronze Award | AQHA Register of Merit – Senior Cutting

    Total Offspring Earnings $530,987
    (AQHA Sire Summary 10/2008)

    Top 10 Performers Earning $258,913 For An Average of $25,891
    Top 15 Performers Earning $310,672 For An Average of $20,711
    Top 20 Performers Earning $341,603 For An Average of $17,080
    (AQHA Sire Summary 2007)

    Life Time Earnings $88,391
    #23 TOP 50 NCHA OPEN WORLD STANDINGS 2001 (LIMITED SHOWING)
    1999 NCHA WORLD CHAMPION – $10,000 NOVICE
    1999 NCHA WORLD CHAMPION STALLION – $10,000 NOVICE
    1999 OPEN CIRCUIT CHAMPION – BILL MOWERY MEMORIAL CUTTING – ARIZONA
    1999 CIRCUIT CHAMPION $10,000 NOVICE – NEW ROADS, LA
    1999 OPEN CHAMPION – LONE STAR CIRCUIT – AWCHA
    1999 CHAMPION $10,000 NOVICE – SAN ANTONIO LIVESTOCK SHOW
    1998 OPEN CHAMPION – CONGRESS 5/6 YO CLASSIC CUTTING
    1998 RESERVE CHAMPION – AQHA WORLD SR. CUTTING
    1998 EL CID CLASSIC/CHALLENGE – OPEN FINALIST
    1998 ABILENE WESTERN – OPEN FINALIST
    1997 CHAMPION $10,000 NOVICE – DLR SWEETHEART CIRCUIT
    1996 OPEN RESERVE CHAMPION – SIERRA NEVADA SPRING DERBY
    1996 OPEN CHAMPION – PCCHA DERBY

    #9 ALL-TIME LEADING SIRE REINED COWHORSES
    (QUARTER HORSE NEWS/EQUISTAT – JAN 2003)
    NRCHA STAKES OPEN HACKAMORE CHAMPION SIRE AWARD
    #5 LEADING SIRE OF REINED COWHORSES IN 2000
    (EQUISTAT – JAN 2002)
    TOP TEN LEADING SIRE OF REINED COWHORSES IN 2001

    SIRE OF:

    MR DUAL GUNSMOKE

    2008 ApHC NATIONAL SHOW SR REINING CHAMPION
    2008 ApHC NATIONAL SHOW 14-18 REINING CHAMPION

    DOUBLE R WRIGHT WAY

    2008 NRCHA STAKES NONPRO BRIDLE CHAMPION
    2003 NRCHA HACKAMORE STAKES CHAMPION

    DUALIN FOR ME

    2008 ITALIAN RHA CLASSIC CHAMPION
    2005 TEAM ITALY FEI EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS | MANERBIO, ITALY
    LTE $99,778

    DUALLIN N DIAMONDS

    2005 AQHA OPEN HI PT RANCH HORSE VERSATILITY – 3rd
    2005 AQHA JR HORSE HI PT RANCH HORSE VERSATILITY – 2nd

    DUAL DOC PEPPY

    2004 VON REMINIC FUTURITY CHAMPION
    2005 NRHA DERBY FINALIST

    DUALLIN N DIAMONDS

    2004 DOUBLETREE CLASSIC OPEN CHAMPION REINED COWHORSE

    DUALIN BREEZE

    2003 NCHA SUPER STAKES AMATEUR FINALIST

    CHIC DUAL

    2005 RESERVE CHAMPION EQUITANA REINING CUP
    2003 CONGRESS OPEN JR REINED COWHORSE – 3RD
    2003 NRCHA HACKMORE STAKES NONPRO FINALIST

    MADERAS LITTLE PEPPY

    2002 NRHA FUTURITY – OPEN FUTURITY FINALIST

    NICS PEPPY TRAIN

    #1 HIGH POINT AQHA REINING HORSE IN 2001

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    • Exactly what the AQHA ProSlaughter Supporters do Not want to reveal. They ONLY revere those that make them money and fame until its over then they move on to the next revealing why the really want slaughter. Its eerie to flip through horse publications…show records….and AQHA Journals realized how many of them we think are in beautiful places and instead are in situations like this or part of a stack of bones at a slaughter plant. This is the saddest thing ever. This horse Deserved the Best and in turn got absolutely less than nothing. And the person who regrets selling him shouldnt get him either. If you wont check on them and be sure then why would deserve him back?

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      • Also noticed there were two home pages for Dual Peppy, both are now “unavailable” and “under construction” which means they have been purged. I hope he survives and becomes an international spokeshorse against the dark side of the horse industry.

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