Several South Florida media outlets have highlighted one of Andrew Yaffa’s latest cases, surrounding horses at a Davie boarding farm and riding school that are dying one by one, apparently as a result of tainted feed. Three of the horses, worth thousands of dollars, developed sudden paralysis, and collapsed last month and then tragically all died within a week. The horse owners, represented by Andrew Yaffa, allege the food they bought from a Lakeland company contains an antibiotic called monensin that is meant for cattle but is toxic to horses. The company is investigating and has ceased production and sale of the feed.
The situation has closed down the stable’s riding business because the farm can’t risk putting children on sick horses that could potentially collapse. Show horses boarded there can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. “The illness is devastating to watch,” said Yaffa. “It’s like watching a family member deteriorate before your eyes,” he said.