Ontario, Canada – “And it was just struggling and trying to stand and there was, it was bleeding from its mouth because it kept hitting its head because it would try to stand up and it would fall down again,” Faith Robinson told reporters as she tearfully described the final days of a horse at Whisper Ridge Ranch. The horse, named Seek, came to the Sanctuary with its friend, Cider, in good condition. Once at the sanctuary, the horses quickly declined in weight and health, until one morning Robinson and her friend Tori Black found Cider dead in a field. “In a terrible unnatural pose, where she had clearly been struggling as she died,” Black told reporters.
A few days after Cider died, Seek collapsed in his stall. As Seek lay dying, Robinson and Black repeatedly called Sandra Reed, the sanctuary’s owner. They sent video of Seek suffering, but to no avail. The following quote is from the Facebook group Save the Whisper Ridge Horses,
Sandra brushed it off and said “She just needs to decide to let go”. Seek’s moaning and kicking was so loud that it could be heard in the apartment upstairs even with the TV on. Faith Robinson and myself spent this time trying to reason with Sandra to call a vet to euthanize Seek and every time she said that she just needed a little more time to “pass naturally”. We took her temperature and checked her gums, and every time, her state had declined and Sandra claimed “Oh, she’s getting better!”. We took turns sitting with Seek to comfort her and try and syringe water into her mouth. Sandra has cameras everywhere, so you cannot go against her. Anything you do against what she says, she threatens to call the cops.
Robinson and Black worked at the ranch from December until March, doing chores in exchange for housing and board for their horses. Robinson says she often had to dig into her own pocket to provide any feed at all for some of the horses. “There were several occasions where I would buy hay for the horses because we simply did not have any and (Reed) would not buy more,” Robinson said. Despite many reports to the SPCA, an investigation was not launched until recently. The lack of basic care was evident to all who were at the ranch. “They don’t receive any vet care, no vaccines, no deworming, anything like that,” said Black.
Whisper Ridge Ranch Equine Sanctuary opened their doors on July 17-19, 2015. There are approximately 20-30 horses left alive on the property. When the press attempted to reach Sandra Reed, she refused to return phone calls or meet with the press. An unidentified man who spoke to reporters at the ranch said that their side of the story would be told, but “not now.” The sanctuary’s Facebook page has been removed and their website has been taken offline.
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