Aged Morgan Horse Killed in California

The killing of an 18-year-old Morgan horse in his San Jose, Calif. pasture has left his owners grieving and other area horse owners concerned that other horses might be targeted.

According to the online edition of The Mercury News, a group of endurance riders based in the area is offering $11,100 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a the perpetrator who killed  the Macias family's horse.

A neighbor of the family found "Colt" in his pasture last Monday evening (Sept. 18). Julie St. Gregory, spokeswoman for San Jose Animal Care and Control told the paper Colt had "some sort of hole going up through his throat," and one of his ears was missing. It was not clear to St. Gregory how the horse sustained either injury.

"We don't know if he was shot or poisoned," San Jose police officer Jess Macias Jr. told the paper. "My dad is pretty upset about it."

Macias chose not to have an autopsy performed on the horse, because he didn't think the case would be resolved. St. Gregory said witnesses and new information would be needed for an investigation to progress.

Maryben Stover, president of Quicksilver Endurance Riders Inc., told The Mercury News there have been no other recent reports of similar attacks, but she considers the case suspicious, and requests that anyone with information on the it should e-mail her at

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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