Trish Sylvester says she purchased the horse, named Major, for $200. The Secretariat great grandson left Rabon, the seller, on December 27, 2013.
Despite veterinary intervention for colic and other medical issues, Major died on December 30. According to the vet’s report, the bay gelding was a 1 on the Henneke Body Condition Scoring System, signifying an extremely emaciated body condition. “Major’s death and condition preceding death was caused by at least two months of severe malnutrition, and that this care did extend up to the time frame immediately preceding his purchase by Trish Sylvester.”
The horse also suffered from skin issues, including severe rain rot. The vet was unable to determine the cause of large patches of missing hair on his right side that “resemble chemical burns.”
Lt. Rob Kegler from the Horry County Police Department says the arrest warrant is for Care and Treatment.
A warrant was also issued for local resident Colby Sessions, who alleges he gave Rabon the horse on September 3. Rabon alleges he got the gelding between September 20 and October 1. The differing timelines, according to Lt. Kegler, led to warrants being issued for both men.
Rabon is on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) list of suspended individuals for violations of the Horse Protection Act (HPA.) He is serving a three-year suspension, which expires in December 2014.
Sylvester says she is seeking justice for Major and wants his abuser held accountable.
The crime is a misdemeanor and carries just over a $1,000 fine and/or 30 days in jail.
Our calls to Rabon were not returned. Stay with Rate My Horse PRO as we continue to follow this case.