A group known as ‘The Horse Freedom Brigade’ has claimed responsibility for the action, stating they are fighting for the freedom of horses everywhere, and don’t believe that any animals should serve humans.
“This is only phase one,” said their leader in a statement sent to news stations, in which all participants are concealed in shadows. “Horses everywhere deserve their freedom, and we’re going to make sure they run wild. You think your Tamworth horse barns can hold them. All it takes is an opening of the door, and they’re gone.”
However, despite the culminative effort to open 80% of Tamworth’s barns at once in one night, the operation has been deemed an utter failure. A majority of horse owners have stated that the move is only a mild inconvenience, as a number of locks have been broken; otherwise, most horses were found milling around either just outside the barn or still inside.
“We treat them well,” says horse owner Kaley Pratchett, “This is where they have food, get groomed, are treated as part of the family…and they’ve ever lived in the wild. Where would they go? This whole thing is lunacy. And now we have to deal with all the smashed locks.”
A number of arrests have been made after a few of the many participants were caught by police or citizens fleeing the scene. Meanwhile, a select few missing horse cases have been resolved, with almost all instances involving the horse being found in a neighbouring field.
“I don’t know what they expected,” says Kaley, “I guess they thought that once the horses were free, they’d make a mad dash for the hills, never to be seen again. Tamworth horse sheds aren’t prisons. They protect the horses from idiots like these who don’t know what they need.”