Hidden Danger At Horse Facility

Hidden Danger At Horse Facility


BY WHAT SHE CALLS A HIDDEN DANGER THAT COULD HURT OTHERS. CBS 2’S CAROLYN GUSOFF REPORTS FROM NASSAU COUNTY. Reporter: SHE KNOWS HORSES. SHE RESCUES THEM, RAISES THEM, TRAINS THEM. SHE ALSO KNOWS HORSE SAFETY. SO SHE SAYS SHE IS SPEAKING OUT ABOUT A THOROUGHBRED SHE RECENTLY RESCUED THAT’S BEEN GRAVELY INJURED. MY HORSE IS IN EMERGENCY SURGERY. I DON’T CARE ABOUT HIS CAREER AM I JUST WANT HIM TO LIFE. Reporter: THIS IS 6-YEAR-OLD FROST, LEARNING TO JUMP AT THE NEW YORK EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN WEST HEMPSTEAD. ON SATURDAY, SHE SAYS WHILE TRAINING, FROST STEPPED ON THIS GIANT NAIL WHICH PUNCTURED HIS HOOF. IT WENT RIGHT DIRECTLY INTO HIS HOOF AND UNFORTUNATELY, UM, WE FOUND OUT THAT IT PUNCTURED THE MAJOR STRUCTURES OF HIS HOOF. Reporter: THIS PERSON WENT TO INVESTIGATE. I SAW PEOPLE WITH METAL DETECTORS LOOKING FOR NAILS AND THEY FOUND SEVERAL NAILS IN THE RING AFTERWARDS. Reporter: DR. SIERRA SAYS THESE ARE OTHER NAILS THEY DUG OUT OF THE SANDY FOOTING OF THE ARENA. GROOMS HE SAYS ADMITTED THEY ARE NAILS THAT FALL OFF OLD EQUIPMENT WHILE RAKING OR DRAGGING THE ARENA SURFACE. HOW DANGEROUS A SITUATION IS THIS? IT’S VERY DANGEROUS NOT ONLY FOR THE HORSE BUT FOR THE PEOPLE. Reporter: WHAT WAS THEIR RESPONSE? UM, THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT AND THAT THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE. Reporter: THE OWNER OF NEW YORK EQUESTRIAN CENTER DECLINED AN ON-CAMERA INTERVIEW BUT CALLED IT AN UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT. HE SAYS THEY RUN A SAFE AND WONDERFUL RIDING CENTER AND ARE CONDUCTING A FULL INVESTIGATION. WORKERS INVITED US IN. THE OWNER SAYS THEY USE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT AND HAVE NEVER HAD SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN BEFORE. THEY ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE HORSE AND HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE NAILS CAME FROM. BUT MCGOWAN SAYS SHE BELIEVES THIS IS MORE THAN A FREAK ACCIDENT. THERE ARE MANY HORSES THERE AND THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT RIDE AND TAKE LESSONS AT THE FACILITY. AND I WOULD FEEL TERRIBLE IF ANYBODY ELSE HAD TO GO THROUGH WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW. Reporter: SHE WANTS ACTION TO RID THE ARENA FLOOR OF ANY OTHER HIDDEN HAZARDS. IN WEST HEMPSTEAD, LONG ISLAND,

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