Authorities have launched an investigation after the death of at least one horse that was in the care of a California horse trainer.
Details are limited, but a Los Angeles Animal County Care and Control official says Aryn Jacques is the subject of the neglect inquiry. Jacques managed and ran her Equine Avenue hunter/jumper business out of a Leona Valley farm located at 11560 Elizabeth Lake Road until recently. She also claimed to rescue horses.
Three horses have been confiscated by animal control, according to Sgt. Rachel Montez-Kemp. She says the horses “are in bad condition,” but was unable to go into additional detail due to the pending investigation.
A second horse is reportedly dead, but Sgt. Montez-Kemp would not confirm if it died or was euthanized.
Jen Arevalo boarded her horses at the farm and says she thought she could trust Jacques since she has known her for seven years. “I never thought this would happen. I was her friend, but she was so delusional when I spoke to her.”
Arevalo was called last week and told her horses were in danger. The new mother of twins had not seen her horses since November, so the photos were shocking. “I got my horses out. I’m so thankful or they could have been dead too.”
Upon the horses’ relocation, Arevalo had her horses examined by a veterinarian. “All three horses showed significant low body weights with body condition scores of 2/9 to 3/9,” according to the vet report. It states “Navajo [pictured right] had a poor appetite, no recent feces, and on exam was found to have a large amount of sand in his large Intestine. Following a mild tranquilizer, Navajo was tubed with oil and psyllium and started on a pain relief program. All three horses, on physical examination, show the conformational deficits of a lack of food ingestion for a significant period of time. Navajo’s sand Ingestion was, at least in part, stimulated by a lack of food intake.”
“I don’t know where my board money went, obviously I don’t think it went to feed my horses,” says Arevalo.
We attempted to contact Jacques, but her phone has been disconnected.