Drafts, a horse that trains with Alexis Wall, often stands tied to the wall of his inner yard on a short chain with his front feet tied together in what is called a “hammock”. Sometimes Wall would attach a horse’s front foot to his back foot and then repeatedly bump it onto another horse, also hitting it until he panicked and fell down more often. She asked her students to do the same.
Bling, another horse in training, was given to exhaustion. The horse suffered massive bruises on his hip, ¾ inch thick and one to two feet long. When asked if the horse had injured itself, Wall replied, “No, she doesn’t listen so I have to make it hurt so she listens.”
Scout, a miniature horse also in training, got his head hit a wall by Alexis. When he didn’t respond the way Wall wanted him to, she slammed him again. He also had a limp and suffered from blood leaking from his legs.
Then Palomino’s stallion remained with its head strapped to one side of its saddle, short enough that it was unable to straighten its neck, and was left without food or water for hours at a time. It was also noted that this stallion was exhausted and even had a shock cover.
Alexis Wall has been indicted and arrested on 20 counts of animal cruelty. This information is all public records in the arrest warrant. Her defense is that she uses a training methodology called the “Vaquero Method”.
The Vaquero method originated in Mexico over 500 years ago. Essentially, the goal of the Vaquero method is to achieve complete harmony and synergy between horse and rider. This actually takes years to accomplish as the horse and rider go through specific phases that are not time dependent, but focused on the quality and confidence that this meticulous and sequential training achieves. In the true Vaquero way, the horse and rider achieve a level of chivalry where performance and communication are almost imperceptible to the observer. The training method never includes or uses violence.
Wall’s totally absurd and absurd defense screams for a defender to speak up for the animals that have been subjected to such abuse and torture. I am the author of Desmond Law (PA 16-…) which presents counsel in court regarding dogs and cats that fall victim to pathological cruelty for precisely this reason.
The original language of the law was about all animals, but we waived and cited dogs and cats only in order to get the law to pass. The law, however, A judge forbids naming a defender of animals other than dogs and cats if he thinks it’s appropriatee. In fact, a Connecticut judge actually used the law to appoint a lawyer to speak for rabbits in a particularly egregious brutal case.
It’s time to amend the Desmond Act so that it clearly states that judges may appoint a lawyer in atrocious abuse cases regardless of which animal is involved. I am a trainer who has trained many students for the equestrian world championships. I’ve ridden with the US Equestrian team, ride racehorses, and now run an organization that focuses specifically on protecting children and pets from violence.
The appointment of an attorney in the case of horses should logically fall within the purview of Desmond Law. Ask anyone who has spent time with horses about their relationship with these amazing animals. Better yet, ask a veteran or special needs veteran what it means to ride a therapy horse for them.
Ocho, another horse trained by Wall, had a metal bracket closed around his nose with a rope attached to it and then tied around his body while Wall forcibly removed it. In another training session, his tongue seemed to turn blue as his head was strapped to his chest and he was gasping for air, sweat and pink froth dripping from his mouth. There is actually a video in which a voice is heard saying, “Be careful, he may pass out.”
Alexis Wall describes her training method in her own words: “Horses listen to pain and the pain must be great enough to make a lasting impression.”
This abuse of horses must be confronted under the guise of training—and perhaps most worrisome, to be taught to young students as acceptable. These horses need a voice. Desmond’s law can provide.
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