Ice storm coming!
Hi horse lovers, please be patient, this is my first post! For the past year I have volunteered at a barn in the Northeast USA. The owner is an animal hoarder, has over 30 horses, donkeys, etc.. Half the animals are privately owned & are well cared for by the folks who board. The "barn owned" horses are the ones I have looked after; they are outside 365 days a year, some without shelter. Since December , we have had freezing temperatures & care at the barn declined to the point where I made an anonymous call to State Humane Society. I had all my notes & facts & thought this warning would wake-up the lazy owner (water shut off so pipes wouldn't freeze, ran out of hay, no shelter for horses during freezing rain) What I didn't realize is the Horse Inspector was friends with the owner....one hour after I made the report, the owner called screaming at me & banned me from the barn. I am devastated! I still sneak over at sunrise (when the owner is asleep) & bring fresh water in gallon buckets. I buy hay at a local farm for them. But what bothers me is the horses who have no shelter! We are expecting a rain/ice storm on Tuesday & Wednesday. I guess I am looking for advice or any words of encouragement! My teenage daughter said we should make a video & post it on You-tube!