A jockey in Houston, Texas is in some serious trouble this week after photos captured him abusing his horse.
Eric Chapa, 43, hired a photographer to take pictures of him riding his horse for promotional purposes. Unfortunately for him, the images show him with a beige colored device in his left hand. This device is used to deliver painful shocks through horse’s bodies which make them run faster. The device is not only illegal in the horse racing world, but also by federal law.
The night the images were taken, the horse Quiet Acceleration was pushed to his limits when Chapa shocked him to a $50,000 victory.
The jockey was caught after his pictures made the rounds in the horse riding community. He is now facing felony charges for unlawful influence on racing. According to Conservative Tribune, Chapa has a long history of animal abuse. He was arrested in 1994 for using a nail to spur a horse during a race. He was charged for beating a dog with a strap in 2002, and also hitting a horse in the face in 2012.
If these are the times he’s been caught, just imagine all the stuff he’s got away with in the last 20 years. Let’s hope they lock him up and throw away the key.