The Peruvian horses after being removed from Gary Norman's property.
A herd of 18 Peruvian Pasos was seized from a former Colorado horse breeder Tuesday. Authorities served a search warrant leading to their removal from the Morrison property of Gary Norman.
Norman says they bred some of the horses. Others were taken in as “rescues” from other Peruvian horse owners. Wind Rock Ranch stopped breeding Peruvian Paso horses about four years ago, Norman tells us.
Veterinarians from Timberline Equine Veterinary Services assessed the horses. They were transported to Harmony Equine where they are receiving care.
“It hurts a lot under the circumstances,” says Norman. He contends the horses were receiving veterinary care.
Additionally, Norman adds that he loves his Peruvian horses, but the high cost of hay led to his animals not looking as good as they should. “We couldn’t keep up with it.”
Norman says he does intend to fight the seizure.
Authorities say since 2001, the horses’ owners have received 4 verbal warnings and 7 written warnings regarding their horses’ health.
No charges have been filed in the case. Those responsible for the horses’ care could face animal cruelty charges.