Agree basically with everything said, except that I think hoopla is assuming & judging unfairly. Perhaps you know the people personally hoopla, but if not, who are you to say you 'don't buy it' based just on OP's post??
We were told "They inherited three horses when they bought the land so they're doing the best they can by them."
The reason I said I don't buy that is that when you buy land you pay money and you enter into a contract to buy ..... LAND.
If you're told you get 20 elephants, 4 goats, 3 horses and a dinosaur thrown in and you really don't think you have the wit and wherewithall to manage all that you just say "forget those, I don't want that lot"
Neither do I buy they're doing their best because they've at least one that's grossly obese wondering around free feeding on acreage and despite a serious chronic condition.
|Many people have the best of intentions but lack the knowledge(or are advised badly) to provide appropriate care. If you don't know what you don't know & have no one to advise you otherwise, I don't think getting blamed for your ignorance is fair or reasonable.|
As far as I'm concerned just knowing how to feed and care for a horse so that it's not grossly obese and to such an extent that it's pedal bone is rotating and it's bones are sinking and likely going to come out of the sole of it's feet is pretty darned basic stuff.
However even if I were to ASSUME for a moment that the owner was so ignorant that they didn't appreciate that feed and hoof management might be something to think about and consider, then I'm not buying that AFTER the horse has foundered they've still got it grossly obese and with poor feet.
Never come across a vet or farrier yet that treats a horse without mentioning what's wrong and charging with an itemised bill for putting it right.
So in my considered opinion born from fact, ignorance is a state that can easily and readily be remedied by education and just a teensy weensy bit of reading and learning. If you really can't be bothered to address the matter of "ignorance" then when it comes to horses you either know you just shouldn't own one OR you pay someone who isn't ignorant to be responsible for day to day management and hence ensure the horse you've just decided to take on is properly and responsibly cared for. Except in this case it was 3 horses.
Providing basic care and ensuring a horse isn't suffering is in my opinion not something you "try". You either get it right or you don't. There's no such thing as "trying" when it comes to feeding a horse appropriately and managing it well.
|Based on what furbaby has told, I think they & their neighbours are probably doing the best with the knowledge they have and should be supported in that, especially that they're asking for help & advice(even if it's here, when I think you'd be better forgetting the forums in favour of a good equine vet & rehabilitation specialist)|
Based on what the OP told us we're advised that her neighbours decided to take possession of 3 horses even though they hadn't got a clue what to do with them. They went on to cause horrendous suffering by getting (at least) one of them grossly obese and to such an extent that it founders. They never trained it. They kept it fat and with cracked poor feet and now they're going to pass it over to their next door neighbour who seems to think that you can put something topical on the feet to make them better.
I don't "enable" bad behaviour by supporting it and pretending that something is "trying" (and failing) to do a good job. I care not whether you agree or hold different opinion.