Black family sues white vet over racehorse death

A million dollar racehorse was sent to a white vet for a routine procedure and never came out alive. This racehorse’s name was Black Lives Matter and was owned by the first black family to run Quarter Horses in all of Texas.

Keelron Hatley spoke along The shadow room about his experiences at Weems and Stephens Equine Hospital in Aubrey, Texas, and revealed why he believes his horse’s death was not an accident and was actually racially motivated neglect.

He claims that the vet’s demeanor changed immediately when he found out his horse’s name.

Black family is suing after a prize-winning horse died in the care of a white vet whose behavior “changed” when he learned the horse’s name

He tried to stop her from performing the procedure on his horse after they started being uncooperative and disrespectful, but it was too late.

Despite the fact that the equine hospital denies any wrongdoing, the Hatley family is now suing the vet for millions of dollars over the death of their precious horse.

Could it have just been an unfortunate accident? Or could foul play be involved? The Shade Room investigates…

Hatley knows horses. His family is known for being the first black family to race Quarter Horses in all of Texas.

One of those studs, the aforementioned Black Lives Matter, made headlines back in January for winning the Louisiana Downs. The horse won again at the Sam Houston Derby where the Hatleys took home a $15,000 prize.

All of that came to an abrupt end in July, however, when the family said they took BLM to the vet for a routine procedure.

The family saw “red flags” even before the prize-winning racehorse died a day after the routine procedure

They said they immediately saw red flags as the vet’s behavior began to change upon learning the horse’s name.

A day after the operation. the horse was dead. A video telling the family of the horse’s death went viral on TikTok shortly after.

It was a $10,000 procedure at Weems Equine Hospital in Aubrey, Texas.

BLM should have been spayed and his semen collected for future breeding purposes. Hatley says BLM was there for three weeks and they called regularly to check in.

He wanted video footage to monitor the horse’s condition, but was resisted by the veterinary clinic.

Family requested video recording updates to monitor horse’s condition, clinic pushed back

Hatley says the clinic told him they were “not here for[his]social media needs.”

“They said, ‘We’re not here for your social media needs,’ and they hung up straight away,” Hatley told TSR Investigates’ Justin Carter. “Is this how you treat me? Now I just don’t trust you or anything so don’t touch him. Do not touch him.”

But a text message followed by another employee said: “I won’t be there for the neutering but I’ll see if one of the technicians can take pictures.”

After a few text messages, this employee finally sent a message that read, “I just spoke to my bosses and they said no pictures. We’re sorry!”

Hatley then responded with “Just tell them not to do it (the procedure).”

But by this point, Hatley says it’s too late and they’ve already started the surgery.

(Source: Instagram)

The next morning he got a call.

“She said, ‘The surgery went well, the post-op went well, he was on his feet but he died sometime last night or this morning,'” Hatley said. “I said, ‘Deceased? You’re joking, right?'”

No explanation given for BLM’s death, autopsy inconclusive but family says it was “absolutely” intentional

Hatley says they gave him no explanation for the horse’s death and an autopsy was inconclusive.

“They said there were such lesions on his head and on his body. But they didn’t say exactly what caused his death,” he said.

When asked if he thought the vet did it on purpose, he replied “absolutely,” adding, “some negligence must have happened to him.”


The veterinary clinic has a high rating online and is known as a full-service surgical and laboratory critical care equine clinic.

A quick look at the staff directory reveals an overwhelming majority of white vets.

The Shade Room gets an exclusive look at Hatley’s lawsuit seeking $5 million for alleged negligence

The Shade Room had an exclusive first look at the lawsuit filing September 16, which read:

“The defendants breached their duties and acted negligently, grossly negligently and/or intentionally by failing to document and keep records of the care provided, failing to monitor the horse and failing to provide aftercare,” alongside several other complaints.

The lawsuit also alleges the veterinary clinic “inadequately hydrated the horse,” “administered medication to the horse without knowledge of the side effects,” and “performed the spaying procedure in temperatures of 100 degrees.”

The Hatleys want $5 million.

(Source: Instagram)

Family says horse was source of harassment over disputed name, claims his death was no different

Hatley says he’s been harassed over BLM’s name in the past, and this was no different.

“It was so bad. Because of that name, he almost had to be guarded.”

He added that the American Quarters Association tried to ban the horse because of its controversial name, but they relented after Hatley threatened to hire his attorney.

They said they have big plans for BLM, but that’s not going to happen now.

We reached out to the veterinary clinic for comment and were still awaiting a response at the time of writing this article. Black family sues white vet over racehorse death

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