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Ponybox Letter Of Correction For Abused Circus Horse Story
 By PonyBox   •   23rd Jul 2011   •   10,739 views   •   29 comments
Recently, Ponybox published a member submitted story concerning citizen reporting of abused circus horses. This story received a lot of member comments and concerns and has generated a lot of heated topics concerning the treatment of animals in performing roles, such as circuses. Since a majority of posts on Ponybox are member submitted, we can't always attest to the veracity of the story, but in some occasions we will deny or remove stories that we feel may have inconsistencies or other contributing factors questioning their validity.

Abused Circus Horse Story

This week Ponybox LLC received a letter from the Kentucky Horse Council questioning the authenticity of the abused horse in question.

Dear Ponybox,

The Kentucky Horse Council was recently alerted to a false claim on the Ponybox site title "Ponybox Member Goes Undercover To Expose Five Abused Circus Horses".

While we cannot attest to the story itself, we can assure you that the photograph used is not of any horse rescued from this circus. That horse is named Rascal and he was a Kentucky victim of neglect. He was confiscated from his owner in September 2009 and a member of our staff personally provided for his care from September 2009 through November 2009. That particular photo of Rascal was taken by the Kentucky Horse Council staff upon his arrival at his foster home in Kentucky.

His true story can be seen online at http://www.kentuckyhorse.org

If you have any further questions, please contact me.

Regards,
Ginny

Ponybox would like to thank the Kentucky Horse Council for bringing this to our attention and their continued effort in Kentucky's Neglected and Abused Horses. We apologize for the misrepresentation and will definitely be more vigilant in the future in screening member submitted posts.

If you are interested in reading about Rascal please check out the link below.

Rascals Story: http://www.kentuckyhorse.org
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Soul Horse  
I saw the article... The picture of the horse just gave it away.. Thanks jeff for telling everyone else!
  Jul 23, 2011  •  5,815 views
 
PalouseDancer  
So from what I understand the article was false? A lie?
  Jul 23, 2011  •  5,809 views
 
Spyricale  
It's genuinely sad that someone would go so far as to lie about "going undercover to rescue abused circus horses". Really, she had to go so far just to get some attention? I would have never known, as I haven't come across that photo before. But it does make sense. Now that that particular member has been caught, perhaps she will think more carefully about the stories she might attempt to submit in the near future.

Lying never solves anything, or benefits anyone......especially when you are caught.
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,229 views
 
Minnie  
Who would do that?! She just wanted to seem like a hero I guess...
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,520 views
 
Estella Noire  
This has been dicussed a lot on the forums, a PonyBox member discovered the site and Sophies friend in real life also claimed the story to be false. This needed to be posted to make everything clear, and I'm glad the article has finally been removed.
There is no reason anyone should have to lie like this, and her other article about the palomino QH was also false. Jeff if you are reading this-the pictures (which show TWO DIFFERENT horses one of which I found on Google) on that article gave away that it was a lie. Please remove this article also :)
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,232 views
 
No Walkin Farms9  
Thank you so much for posting this. I have seen so much debate on the forums and on the original article. I admit I thought the article was true for about a millisecond. But the writers account just didn't add up. Why anyone would feel the need to lie like that is beyond me. Glad to hear that the real horse in the story was rescued and taken care of properly.
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,615 views
 
BME Sports  
The things people will do for popularity...it's astounding. Thanks you for correcting this.
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,415 views
 
Splodge  
I'm really glad about this, as I know Sophie P in real. I know that she was lying, and she does do this often. I'm glad that she has been caught, for once.
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,156 views
 
Inactive Member  
Fine, I admit it, I lied, everyone happy now?
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,885 views
 
MoMoz  
Thank you for posting this! So glad this came to your attention.
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,166 views
 
Prarie Rose  
Wow. Thanks for letting us know Jeff.
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,152 views
 
Wanderin Boy Memorial  
Wow....
Thank you for letting us know Jeff :)
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,177 views
 
dragonsend08  
Another example of the boy who cried wolf.. Not only can this person make it were not a single person can trust the words they type or say, but also could cause more problems with whom ever owns the actual horse in the photo. Granit yes the horse is more likely living a healthy life but still. Why someone would make up such a horrible story is beyond me.
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,167 views
 
Carpe Diem  
Thanks Jeff! What people do for money and publicity on here. :P
  Jul 23, 2011  •  6,135 views
 
kingfisher  
I wasn't sure about it. But now it is all cleared up!
  Jul 24, 2011  •  6,482 views
 
Simplicity  
Why lie it only backfired
  Jul 24, 2011  •  6,494 views
 
Crz4Horses  
Wow.I am shocked. To what extent will people go for a bit of recognition?
  Jul 24, 2011  •  6,823 views
 
All That Jazz  
Oh my gosh, thank you so much for finally ending her lie.
  Jul 24, 2011  •  6,583 views
 
Artista  
Good correction. And Ponybox news is getting big Jeff -- definitely a good source for horse news all around the world. Way to be!
  60 days ago  •  6,611 views
 
PonyBox  MOD 
Ok guys, I think you have made your point on this. I'm sure there have been other members that posted false claims. This treat this as a learning experience and move on.
  59 days ago  •  6,677 views
 
Pdeletedpp  
I saw the pic on google.Not to be mean,but it was right there!
  55 days ago  •  6,589 views
 
Nerd  
Why would somebody do that? I just don't get it....
  54 days ago  •  6,603 views
 
Untamed Heart  
That is too sad...
  54 days ago  •  6,758 views
 
Warped Faith  
i dont understand why anyone would make up a story about neglected horses, you shouldnt make up a story about something so sad and say its true. Neglected horses (or any animal really) shouldnt be a topic that poeple mess around with its just sad
  54 days ago  •  6,577 views
 
SunlightRider  
Wow, a very nice article, congratulations!
  53 days ago  •  4,946 views
 
Merlin  
Whoa...I can't believe someone would lie like that just for attention. Thats some pretty serious stuff though....
  40 days ago  •  4,925 views
 
Merlin  
Whoa...I can't believe someone would lie like that just for attention. Thats some pretty serious stuff though....
  40 days ago  •  4,925 views
 
FreeRein  
Guys! are we still commenting on this!?! It's over and done with.
  33 days ago  •  4,904 views
 
Deleted Accounts  
the picture totally gave it away but im horrified that somebody would lie about something like that!
  Mar 3, 2012  •  4,922 views
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