Report: #1166054

Complaint Review: Every Stride Dressage, LLC

  • Submitted: Wed, July 30, 2014
  • Updated: Wed, July 30, 2014
  • Reported By: staysafe — Mattawan Michigan
  • Every Stride Dressage, LLC
    3482 S. 29th St.
    Vicksburg, Michigan

Every Stride Dressage, LLC Erin T. McMurray Endangers and injurs horses Vicksburg Michigan

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I have personally witnessed 4 separate events involving Erin T. McElmurry's physical abuse of horses.On one occassion, she repeatedly filpped a horse over backwards on a lunge line with the improper use of side reins. The horse was just being introduced to side reins and she had both hooked up very tightly without allowing the horse to learn that they were there. Then it appeared that she was punishing him for flipping by allowing him to flip repeatedly. She never made an attempt at any time to remove or loosen the reins.

On a second occassion, she had a mare tied in a barn aisle to a removable stall door. She did not know the tying skills of the horse, nore did she know the door was detachable. The mare set back, taking off down the barn aisle in a panic and pulling a door behind it straight towards the back end of a manure spreader, which has somewhat sharp blades on the back. Thankfully, the mare was not in a blind panic or she would have run over the spreader blades.

On a third occassion, I was showing a horse for a client up at Waterloo, and personally witnessed the technical delegate having to remove Erin from the warm up arena because she was working her horse into a lathered sweat by allowing him only to canter and do multiple flying lead changes over and over again. She was angry at the horse for blowing a lead change in the test.

The 4th personal Erin story I have involves meeting a mare who nearly had her tongue removed because of a bit. Erin had been abusing this horse's mouth so badly that she almost severed the tongue. I have seen this horse's mouth with my own eyes.

None of these experiences are hear-say or stories being told. Customers start off seemingly happy to have found her and then in a very short amount of time, it goes very bad. I would advise you not to bring your animal to her because it may suffer some damage that you cannot undo. We all know how horses can be with relearning and forgetting, it is not a strength that they have. Don't take that chance, it will be a matter of time. The fact that a horse has not been euthanized in her care from some catastrophic injury is sort of shocking.

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