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Ann Romney: Get Off Your High Horse!

Sinpac 2012/06/23 19:39:09

Ann Romney found herself briefly the subject of a lawsuit at whose
core, according to court documents, was a heavily-medicated horse.

Romney
and her trainers sold the horse, Super Hit, in 2008 for $125,000. And
Super Hit had what a prominent veterinarian described as a staggering
quantity of drugs in its system at the time of its examination before
being sold, according to a toxicology report that's part of the lawsuit
over the horse's condition.

The lawsuit, which was mentioned in a New York Times story
last month, was filed in 2010 by a woman in San Diego who had bought
Super Hit from Romney and her trainers, Jan and Amy Ebeling. The woman,
Catherine Norris, sued Romney for fraud after the horse allegedly proved
physically incapable of performing as a dressage horse.

The case with Romney was settled last September and she is no longer involved in the lawsuit.

According
to a toxicology report provided to the horse's vet and testimony from a
veterinarian, Dr. Steven Soule, included in the lawsuit, Super Hit had
three sedative pain killers and one narcotic pain killer in her system
when the horse was examined to check her condition pre-sale. The drugs
were Butorphanol, Delomidine, Romifidine, and Xylatine.

Soule,
who has been the United States Equestrian Team veterinarian since 1978,
writes, “In my 38 years of practice, I have never come across a drug
screen such as this where the horse has been administered so many
different medications at the same time.” The horse had a defect in its
foot, and Norris's lawyers alleged that the Ebelings had drugged the
horse in order to hide its condition.

The New York Times
has over the last few weeks turned a spotlight on the related topic of
performance-enhancing drugs in horses. A Romney spokeswoman didn't
respond to inquiries about the case or the broader policy.

http://www.scribd.com/rosie_gray/d/97683774-Soule-Declaration
http://www.scribd.com/rosie_gray/d/97714766-Toxicology-Report...
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  • Piper 2012/06/23 22:10:07
    Piper
    Although I do suspect, that the Romney's don't have much empathy for animals, I'm not certain that they can be blamed for this. It wouldn't surprise me, though; Super Hit was no longer "useful" for them.........
  • Sinpac Piper 2012/06/23 23:43:47
    Sinpac
    Just like the working person is not useful to him.
  • Piper Sinpac 2012/06/24 00:06:35
    Piper
    +1
    Yeah, sinpac, I thought that implication was clear.
  • Aurora 2012/06/23 21:01:35
    Aurora
    Like Michelle lost her law license and was kicked off the board at the hospital while turning patients away. Too late you should have vetted Omen.
  • Sinpac Aurora 2012/06/23 23:44:47
    Sinpac
    the omen III
    or this guy!
  • Dana Aurora 2012/06/29 05:13:50
    Dana
    proof of this?
  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/06/23 20:42:25
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    "The case with Romney was settled last september and she is no longer involved in the lawsuit", so I have a question: is the settlement tax deductible?
  • Schläue~© 2012/06/23 20:33:30
    Schläue~©
    "The horse had a defect in its
    foot, and Norris's lawyers alleged that the Ebelings (trainers) had drugged the
    horse in order to hide its condition."
  • Ozymandias 2012/06/23 19:46:33
  • Dana Ozymandias 2012/06/29 05:24:52
    Dana
    +1
    I don't think this news would help him, no matter what. I read the deposition from the veterinarian and there was a whole lot more going on here... enough that the media ought to make a mountain out of this if they can.

    The horse had a history of serious lameness issues.... all documented from vet records, MRI, radiographs, invasive treatments, etc etc. Plus Romney knew of these issues, because the horse had an exclusion on his insurance papers for them. Add in, the vet used for the pre purchase exam to the buyer, had been the trainers vet for 20 years... working on this same horse. Huge conflict of interest and by law he was required to inform the buyer of this, and he did not. He also lied about the findings on the radiographs, and noted to the trainer... not the buyer as he was legally obligated to do, that the horse was heavily drugged prior to his exam beginning. And in addittion to the 4 drugs found in the horses system, there were 2 more found in a different test, specific for lameness issues.

    Bottom line is...Romney knowingly owned a horse for years who had serious lameness issues. They were covered up w/ drugs, likely during competition too, just lucky for them were never caught. (drug tests are not done on every horse, just random in most shows,,
    Then Romney wanted to ...

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    I don't think this news would help him, no matter what. I read the deposition from the veterinarian and there was a whole lot more going on here... enough that the media ought to make a mountain out of this if they can.

    The horse had a history of serious lameness issues.... all documented from vet records, MRI, radiographs, invasive treatments, etc etc. Plus Romney knew of these issues, because the horse had an exclusion on his insurance papers for them. Add in, the vet used for the pre purchase exam to the buyer, had been the trainers vet for 20 years... working on this same horse. Huge conflict of interest and by law he was required to inform the buyer of this, and he did not. He also lied about the findings on the radiographs, and noted to the trainer... not the buyer as he was legally obligated to do, that the horse was heavily drugged prior to his exam beginning. And in addittion to the 4 drugs found in the horses system, there were 2 more found in a different test, specific for lameness issues.

    Bottom line is...Romney knowingly owned a horse for years who had serious lameness issues. They were covered up w/ drugs, likely during competition too, just lucky for them were never caught. (drug tests are not done on every horse, just random in most shows,,
    Then Romney wanted to unload the horse for $125K, so the horse was drugged for the vet check, made sure their own vet did it, and that the buyer was not informed of any of this. Only way she found out, was having all the test results and radiographs, etc.. sent to her own vet, who happened to be one of the leading vets in the country for pre purchase exams and on the Olympic team horses. So they were caught.

    FRAUD>... 100%, and the Romneys, their trainers and their vet should have been sued. Just this woman could not fight anymore.
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  • freethinker 2012/06/23 19:45:36
    freethinker
    Right up there with The Traitor getting his Mooch Hundreds of thousands of dollars for a useless job, huh!! (Useless in that she Refused to help homeless people, if she did it was at highest percentage prices the cow could come up with!!) 9or rather Wookie!)

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