A Texas quarter horse breeder has one week to provide veterinarian care to at least two dozen ailing horses or they may be seized, according to authorities.
Premium Star Ranch located on League Line Road in Conroe is owned by Herman and Kathleen Hoffman. The couple has about 200 horses, 30 cows, and 30 goats on the 40-acre property.
Montgomery County Precinct 5 Chief Deputy Constable David Wood says officers were on the property last Thursday. The investigation has been on-going for several months.
Premium Star Ranch’s website advertises “where quality speaks for itself! It is our great privilege to help preserve some of the rarest, most respected and time-honored Foundation bloodlines in the [American Quarter Horse] world.” The farm specialized in the breeding of working cow horses and reining horses.
Local horsewoman J.J. Hill says she has known the couple for more than two decades. “It used to be the horses ate before they ate. I can’t believe it has gotten to this.”
The horses’ photos tell a story that cannot be ignored or explained.
Hill stopped working for the couple about two years ago prior to having her child. She says things started going downhill for the horses in the last couple of years. “I think it has something to do with them opening the dairy,” Hill says.
The Hoffman’s also own Calico Dairy, a licensed Grade A Raw to Retail Dairy.
We went to the source and asked Kathleen Hoffman why some of the farm’s horses are in such poor condition as seen in the photographs. She said, “I have some old mares that are trying to live out their days…” When questioned about the emaciated foal she admitted there are two foals in poor condition, but didn’t say why. She deferred our conversation to her husband. An attempt to reach him was not successful since his voicemail was full.
According to our sources, there are five foals in bad condition.
Chief Deputy Constable Wood says the county and district attorney have been notified about the investigation. If any of the horses are moved from the property or sold, the Hoffmans will be required to show proof of where the animals went. If the Hoffmans don’t provide the required veterinarian documentation by Friday, the authorities will get a warrant to have the animals seized, according to Chief Deputy Constable Wood. “We’re staying on top of it.”
Stay with Rate My Horse PRO as we continue to follow this investigation.