Portland horse trainer faces 20 charges of animal cruelty

An East Hampton woman was hit with 20 charges of animal cruelty.
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 12:32 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 7:04 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, CT (WFSB) - An East Hampton woman was hit with 20 charges of animal cruelty.

Police said Alexis Wall beat and tortured several horses at the White Birch Farm in Portland.

Wall was a horse trainer at the farm.

Records showed that someone filed an anonymous complaint that claimed a trainer tortured innocent animals.

The complaint said Wall overworked the horses and did not keep them hydrated. It also said she mutilated, beat, and tortured the animals.

“Its unsettling. It would have been nice to have taken the kids down there, but knowing this kind of information, it sounds pretty awful,” said Jesslyn Jordan, a Portland resident.

In a conversation between a witness and Wall, the witness claimed “Wall explained how she did not like the horse’s behavior, so she ‘took his head and slammed it into the wall’ and when the horse did not respond the way she wanted, she ‘slammed him again.’”

On another occasion, the same witness said “Alexis Wall told the students ‘pain is an important part of training. The horses listen to pain and the pain must be great enough to make a lasting impression.’”

Other witnesses claimed an incident happened during a training class and said Wall hit horses in the face with lead ropes and encouraged everyone who attended to do the same.

According to records, animal control asked farm owner Amy Rader Wimler about the allegations.

Wilmer called Alexis Wall a “true Vaquero,” (Spanish for cowboy) and stated that people need to have a specific training philosophy to understand the training methods used by her.

Channel 3 reached out to White Birch Farm but has not received a response.