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Maximum Sentence And A Ban From Training For Man Who Repeatedly Beat Downed Horse

Published: May 10, 2022 at 06:49 PM Author: Penny Eims

Maverick County, Texas – Multiple graded, stakes-winning trainer Rodolfo Sanchez is facing a felony animal cruelty charge and has been temporarily suspended by the Texas Racing Commission after a disturbing video was captured of him repeatedly beating a downed horse at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds in early April.

The minutes-long footage is difficult to watch. A horse is tethered to a tree and Sanchez can be seen repeatedly whipping the helpless animal even when he/she is down on the ground. Because of the length of the tether, the horse’s neck is stretched upward and he/she can be seen breathing heavily throughout the agonizing ordeal.

(Video below – discretion is advised)

As an animal advocacy organization, we are unfortunately accustomed to egregious acts of cruelty. The video footage of this beating is especially heinous because the cruelty is being carried out by a professional; someone entrusted to treat these majestic animals with the kindness and dignity they deserve.

According to the authorities in Val Verde County, Sanchez is believed to have an estimated 15-17 horses that remain in his care. Please add your name to the petition as we fight to have these animals removed from Sanchez’s care, in addition to the maximum sentence allowable by law for his animal cruelty charge(s). We will also be petitioning the Texas Racing Commission to permanently restrict Sanchez from training horses.

We the undersigned demand that Rodolfo Sanchez is held responsible for the unnecessary and cruel beating of this horse. We are petitioning for Sanchez to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law for the charge(s) stemming from this incident, in addition to a ban on his ability to train and/or work with animals in the future. We also want the horses currently in his care to be removed.

(There are conflicting reports about the identity of the horse beaten in the video. Some sources state that the horse is named Guapa, while others state that it is a filly named Fool for It. All sources state that the horse was removed by county officials and that he (or she) is alive and receiving care)

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.


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Update 1/27/2023: Animal Victory sent cover letter and petition to the judge. 

Update 1/26/2023: The arraignment was scheduled for January 24th. Animal Victory talked with the District Attorney’s office. A waiver was filed by the defendant, meaning the defendant’s attorney will show up in court and not the defendant. The next court date is March 30, 2023. Animal Victory has sent the petition to Honorable Robert Cadena. Once again the horse is VERY happy in her new location. When we get pictures we will add them to the petition.

Update 9/8/2022: A generous donor has worked to find a permanent sanctuary for the horse. She has paid for the horse’s care while he was housed in a safe undisclosed location and now the horse is in a wonderful sanctuary. More details to come. The horse is very happy! Sanchez never filed a motion to get the horse back.

Update 6/22/2022: Animal Victory sent 15,326 signatures to District Attorney Susan West on 6/22/2022.

Update 6/09/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the sheriff’s office was awarded custody of the horse on June 1; the horse is currently in the Waco area. Sanchez has until the 20th of this month to file a motion for the horse. The case will be handled in the Del Rio courts.

Update 5/20/2022: Animal Victory has sent 14,391 signatures to Chief Investigator Mike Fleming from the Texas Racing Commission, Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez, and Chief Wayne Bullard of Val Verde County Sheriff’s department.

Maximum Sentence And A Ban From Training For Man Who Repeatedly Beat Downed Horse

17,252 signatures = 86% of goal


17,252 Sherrie Darce Sep 30, 2023
17,251 Sally Wood Love to horsewhip him, he would never feel the same i promise! Sep 24, 2023
17,250 Ruth Tonkin Please stop these mentally ill monsters that hurt animals!!! Sep 12, 2023
17,249Anonymous Aug 28, 2023
17,248 Keri Knuthson Aug 16, 2023
17,247 Sheryl Myhan Aug 14, 2023
17,246 Gaby Strasser Aug 08, 2023
17,245 Linda Deboer Jul 25, 2023
17,244 Dr Tracey Reed B.V.M.S. Jul 24, 2023
17,243 Crissy Jacobson Jul 17, 2023
17,242 Jason Cuevas Jul 16, 2023
17,241 Deborah Smith Jul 13, 2023
17,240 Donald Garlit Jul 10, 2023
17,239 Gina Badami Jul 08, 2023
17,238 bec marant Jun 26, 2023
17,236 Kenneth Garcia Jun 16, 2023
17,235 Oscar Garcia Jun 15, 2023
17,234 Karina Solis Rodolfo Sanchez should never be allowed near houses anymore Jun 15, 2023
17,233 Ron Morales Jun 14, 2023
17,232 Quade Prescott Jun 04, 2023
17,231 Karla Rangel May 28, 2023
17,230 Kathryn Davis Stop him, now!! May 18, 2023
17,229 Rebecca Holzer May 09, 2023
17,228 NANCY WODS May 09, 2023
17,227 Shelley Smith May 06, 2023
17,226 Larisa Briones May 05, 2023
17,225 carol king May 05, 2023
17,224 Krista Sanders May 01, 2023
17,223 Kathy Hamilton May 01, 2023