Social Media Uproar more than Alleged Horse Abuse and Neglect at John Byrialsen’s Viegaard Stud farm

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The earlier couple of days social media have been in an uproar above new shots that surfaced of alleged, continued horse abuse and neglect at John Byrialsen’s horse farm, Stutteri Viegaard, in Skals, Denmark.

Byrialsen, who two many years ago ran a productive breeding and income business enterprise with stallions Occur Back again II and Lobster, has routinely been in make contact with with the police and animal welfare concerning neglected horses


To start with reviews of abuse have been were being uncovered at John Byrialsen’s stud farm in Posadowo, Poland, in 2011 and 2013 when a single of the workforce at the stud published a movie of the situations of the horses on the Net.

Polish animal welfare group “Pogotowie dla Zwierzat” got involved and seized 64 horses.

At that time Danish law enforcement and the Danish Veterinary and Food items Administration examined 500 horses spread out over 4 attributes at John Byrialsen’s Viegaard stud in Denmark. On a person of the attributes, 15 horses were being identified to be underweight and 10 had hooves that required trimming. The Danish Veterinary and Food stuff Administration assessed that there experienced been a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, but that it was not a significant animal welfare case.

Danish magazine BT reported in 2013 that Chinese business person Yong Yun Zhang rescued Byrialsen from financial spoil by paying off his house loan of 6 million DKK for Viegaard farm, his assets which the Danish bank  Jyske Sparekasse experienced seized.


In 2018 the police was once again despatched to Viegaard farm to inspect skinny horses. Television set station Tv set MIDVEST showed disturbing pictures of quite thin horses to vet Inger Lund Overgaard, who finds the ailment of the horses wholly unacceptable. The case was handed about to Viborg law enforcement but they dropped the scenario

Emaciated horse at Viegaard in 2023
Photograph © Tyrell Cotant)

Viborg Folkeblad posted that in accordance to Dyrenes Beskyttelse (Danish Animal welfare), the Danish Veterinary and Food stuff Administration inspects the yard from time to time, but according to anonymous resources the neglected horses are merely relocated before their visits.

In accordance to Landbrugsavisen, Byrialsen was again claimed for neglect in 2020.


The past 7 days a big uproar arose on social media when whistleblower Tyrell Cotant posted new photos of emaciated and sick horses. The younger American gentleman took these during his 3-7 days stay at Viegaard from 16 February till 3 March 2023, as he was hired to practice the unbroken children there. 

Cotant wrote on his Fb web page, “They feed moldy silage to these horses only and never thoroughly clean the stalls. There are horses with open wounds and no vet around in sight. He lets them die and doesn’t assist them.”

Cotant advised Tv set Midvest that, “if he (Byrialsen) receives indications of a pay a visit to from the authorities, he spends the whole evening moving horses in his small crimson trailer. It is his salvation every time. He also required us to move horses frequently.”

Both of those the affiliation Cease Abuse of Animals Powering Fences and Horse Protection have described the stud farm to the law enforcement. The Central and West Jutland Law enforcement confirmed they gained a report.  Christian Toftemark, deputy law enforcement inspector and head of the area law enforcement in Viborg and Skive, informed Tv Midtvest, “we evaluate the new reviews that have occur in. We are in a place where by we have a watchful eye on it, so that it hopefully will not transpire once more.”

Public Outcry

stays of a horse in a mass grave,
allegedly at Viegaard

The lack of instantly action from the regional police and Danish animal welfare authorities has led to an huge general public outcry on social media. Danes are now having the make any difference into individual hands.

On the Danish facebook page Cease Vanrøgt Af Dyr Bag Hegn photos are shown of a mass grave with horse carcasses seemingly taken at Viegaards garden. Witnesses have seemingly gone to Byrialsen’s properties in Denmark and taken pics to assemble extra proof of atrocities happening there. It is unlawful in Denmark to bury a horse on your individual assets. 

Dorthe Brauner Jensen has posted pictures of bones, wounds, and graves on that web page. She also accuses the Viborg police of defending Byrialsen and condoning the abuse. Operation Oxenholt has posted photographs, seemingly at Viegaard, demonstrating a horse shot, as properly as a rifle in a van, despite the fact that the authenticity of these pics (as taken at Viegaard) is uncertain.

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