[QUOTE=Kennedy;895239]So at my barn, in the area that my trainer has her horses, there is this tall bay mare. I've never once seen an owner take her out and the only interaction she seems to get is from me on the weekends from outside her stall and the hired hands mucking and feeding.
OP doesn't know this to be fact. Other lesson students, her owner, may be out at other times during the day/week.
The area that we are situated at is quite secluded and the only people to really go into our stable area would be my trainer, the stablehands and my trainer's few students so I doubt anyone has taken any real notice of this mare's current situation (being as we are placed on the precipice of a hill).
But I am truly concerned for this mare. First off, her hooves are overgrown (they haven't gotten to the curling stage yet but they are pretty bad and proves that she's been neglected) and she hobbles around within her pipe stall. Her back hooves are more worn down then the front so I believe she tries to overcompensate for the pain in her front hooves.
OP doesn't know that this horse is in pain. She doesn't know that this horses feet aren't in this state for a reason. She doesn't know if her feet have been looked at.
She also didn't have a blanket when it was pouring a few weeks ago and I've yet to see one on her.
We live in PA and none of our horses have blankets. Are we mistreating or neglecting our animals?
Her coat is really matted with mud and I'm afraid to know what kind of parasites lie beneath it;
While most owners choose to brush every time we visit, others are just happy to see our horses and leave the dirt on. That is not a crime.
our horses are taken out everyday and we still manage to find at least a tick or two on 'em.
BO needs to manage the tick situation.
I started to pick at some crust on her neck from outside her stall and what was beneath looked pretty nasty; She probably has a fungus and a ton of ticks.
Again, you don't know this. She could be perfectly healthy.
The mare is also pretty thin, not severely, but definitely below a normal weight.
This is a complaint to take to your trainer and one your trainer should take legitimately. Especially if she boards her own horses there.