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post #1 of 4 Old 05-12-2009, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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What would you do???

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but..
I've been going to a horse rescue near my home for a few months now and I'm to the point where I just about give up. When I started, I went with the goal to help them clean things up and get fixed but they just don't put anything toward it. Oops, it might help if I explain in more detail.

This rescue is about 13 acres at the most. They currently have 35-50 horses, minies, donkeys, ect... living there. They are put in dry lots and fed hay and grain. Heres the issue though. We went one day to clean out one of the paddocks and it was literally 3ft deep in some places with poop. Add that to the mud and yuck and they just live in a mud bath. There is trash everywhere(hay wrapping, metal sheets, and just trash). The horses are taken care of as far as they always have plenty of food and water and get plenty of attention just the place is a mess! My question is, if it was you what would you do? I'm not sure if I should just keep doing what I can to help them get cleaned up or if I should take it further. What do you think?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-13-2009, 01:38 AM
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Horse rescue...what to do?

First off, kudos to you for volunteering your time for this good cause.

That's a lot of animals for a small area especially if the number is closer to 50. I've seen 12 horses on 6 acres turn a pasture into a mud hole. But I would expect a rescue facility to be smaller than larger when funding is always scarce. Sounds like this facility needs to cap it's number of animals that it's taking in. Not fair to the animals already there.

While it sounds like the animals are basically cared for with food and I assume water, it seems like there are some safety concerns if trash, hay wraps (which I think could be real dangerous if ingested) and metal, not too mention manure not being removed in a timely manner. I suspect the facility does not have enough help to get everything done but I don't think that's an excuse for safety issues to be present.

You can talk with the rescue facilities mgt to voice your concerns but if it's so obvious, the mgt knows about it and chooses to let things go for whatever reason (again, resources to get things done probably near the top of the list). I would be tempted to have an organization like the ASPCA assess this facility but I believe they are geared towards animal cruelty which doesn't sound like the case you are talking about here. Maybe somebody else knows of another avenue to get the facility assessed.

The animals have no voice but you can help by taking some action.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-13-2009, 02:24 AM
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Have you tried finding more volunteers??
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-13-2009, 10:29 AM
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I wouldn't try to call the ASPCA or anything. These horses had nowhere to go in the first place which is why they ended up there. The people could be negligent which only you can judge because you talk to them. More than likely they just can't "catch up." I would ask them if you could head a Volunteer Fair or something...or you could try to enlist local Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts...last but not least...there's always prisoners needing to do community service. Anyway my point is you need more people there helping out.
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