I was drawn in by an ad for a TWH horse on Craig,s list which reads as copied straight from Craig's list (Very broke and gentle 10 year old TWH gelding. Stands still for saddling and for mounting and dismounting. No bad habits. Backs up and has good smooth gait. Great horse for a beginner. For more information, call Judy at 225-362-6024 or 225-567-5358. Will consider trade for something of equal value.)
When we arrived at his location to look at this horse. Mr Courtney was sitting on the back of a p/u truck with another person drinking ab beer. I walked up and said I am here to look at the white horse. He acted as if we were bothering him.
I had my wife, my son, his (2 6 & 8 yr. old) daughters and a friend with me. We walked to the back of his property to see the horse and noticed that there were many horses in a pen. at least 20 in an area no more than 1/2 acre or less.
My son saw 1 pony laying on the ground and could not get up because he was too weak. Another horse even walked up to the pony and nudged him to help him up but the pony could not get up.He told Mr. Courtney and his words were "he's just sleeping".
When we got closer and looked at the horses every horse had runny noses and excretion from their eyes.
The horse we went to look at was in a stall and when he walked him out he was very spooky. He walked him to a spot to saddle him. he tied him to a fence by a gate and when Mr Courtney walked out of the gate the horse was in the way of the gate. Mr Courtney pushed the horses nose very hard and the horse rared up pulled the rope off the fence and fell over backwards onto his back. He jumped up bucked off.
Mr. Courtney had to chase him down and catch him again. I asked can we ride him and he said yes, brought him into a round pen and put another guy on him. He had a hard time getting on him because the horse tried to turn away as he mounted. So mr. Courtney got on the other side to stop the horse from turning. Once he was on the horse he had a hard time keeping from running.
Mr. Courtney said if you don't like him I don't care I understand. I said your wife told me you had another TWH and he said yes do you wan't to see him and I said yes. He brought another TWH, put him in the pen and just about the same thing happened. I wanted to ride this horse. As soon as I tried to mount this horse he side kicked at me just missing me. I said I've seen enough.
Mr Courtney got furious at the horse, began kicking him as hard as he could under the horse toward the back leg. The horse began to rare and kick. With all of us standing within 20 feet of this he called out to someone to come hold this "M F' in front of my 2 Granddaughters who were shocked at all that was taking place.
We turned and got out of there as soon as we could. What a horrible experience. Not to mention these horses that are being treated so badly and appear sick.