HiCaliber Horse Rescue in Valley Center to close amid controversy "Michelle Cochran, owner of HiCaliber Horse Rescue, posted on Facebook Saturday she has decided to cease rescuing horses and will be adopting out the more than 100 animals still on her ranch." "Much of the criticism of the horse rescue focused either on Cochran’s controversial euthanasia techniques or her fundraising, which some said smelled of fraud. Some critics said she ended far too many horses’ lives with a bullet to the head. Cochran defended the euthanasia saying that many of the horses she would bring to the ranch were too hurt or sick to be saved and that ending their lives quickly was in itself a form of rescue. She walked the San Diego Union-Tribune through the process recently. In a lengthy Facebook post Saturday Cochran said the “haters” had “won.” Horse rescue owner defends euthanasia methods Funny how people who can't demonstrate that they are operating honestly and aren't hiding funds always call their critics 'haters'. Personally, I don't have an issue with a properly-placed bullet ending a horse's life but you still have to dispose of the body in a way that doesn't cause bad things to happen on your property, or affect others in your community. It's not as simple as letting them pile up in a pit, or whatever she was doing. I do have issues with all the other financial shenanigans and the way she misrepresented the timeline for horses who show up, not making it clear how many were taken in during the course of the year, how many found new homes, how many were destroyed, whether or not they were regularly seen by a vet, etc. I have this feeling that ISPBM's issues coming to light increase the scrutiny of other sketchy rescues.