Fort Worth, Texas – The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has suspended top trainer, Tommy Manion, for violating the associations Zero Tolerance policy on animal abuse. The incident occurred in July when Manion shot his stallion, Smooth Maximus, 3 or 4 times within 5 minutes with a BB gun.
Video from cell phones showed Manion shooting the stallion, who was tied to a wall, repeatedly whenever the stallion would act up. The stallion was acting aggressively, trying to kick and bite people, and attempted to climb over the wall he was tied to. Manion believed his training method would teach the stallion that the pain from the BB was a result of his aggressive behavior, and not from a human.
Manion has been suspended for 2 years, fined $15,000, and ordered to serve 5 years probation after the 2 year suspension. The ruling has been upheld by the associations Appeal Committee. He does not face criminal charges.
Smooth Maximus was gelded after the incident, and is currently listed for sale.Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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