In reviewing the FOIA documents from New Mexico, I came upon this Zia Park “Security Incident Report” for a 2-year-old horse named Nacimientos Clasic:
9/5, 1:35 a.m., “While on patrol was passing barn V, noticed a loose horse walking along the stable gates. The horse lay down and was not moving. After a few minutes, he got up and went around to barn V. George was able to get a lead rope on the horse. Then the horse went down again. The horse was sweating badly and something running out of his mouth. The horse got back up after 5-6 mins and George led him into stable. The horse’s front feet kept trying to buckle under him.”
Next report, 8 a.m.: “horse died during night” – with no indication of euthanasia.
Empathy, says Webster’s, is “the identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, etc., of another.” Imagine, for a moment, the terror of this poor child. In pain, in distress – no mother to comfort him, no herd for support. Left, by the humans who created him, to die. Alone. How profoundly sad. How horseracing.