Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Montpelier, Iowa
I am not sure if this is where this thread should be, im new so I apologize ahead of time if it should be somewhere else.
I need advice....ASAP
My daughter was dating a guy and his parents live at a horse stable (run it so they think). My daughter has always loved horses and this was her chance to have one of her own. Well, her boyfriend found 2 rescue horses for them. One, a Paint named Dakota and the other a Quarter Horse named Amarillo. Well, They both needed to put some weight on, and they both did.
I also had always wanted a horse for myself and found one and moved her and her 3 pasture friends there. (Lucy was mine) The other 3 were given to other owners who also chose to board there. I was told all I needed to do was help with the purchase of hay. No problem. Well, as I was going out to see my Lucy, I was noticing that there was never any hay there. These people were getting board money for the other 14 horses there. Which should of given them plenty of money to buy plenty of hay. My husband and I live an hour away from this place so we gave money to the the stable runners since they have people to buy hay from in their area and that way when they needed it they could go get it. They started calling us allllll the time for money for hay. Dakota, my daughters horse was starting to lose weight he had put on....His ribs were starting to show....I finally started buying hay myself and I told them this hay is for Dakota and Lucy only....We just couldn't afford to keep giving them money constantly that wasn't even being spent on the horses. Within a month Dakota is now emaciated, he walks with his head down, he has no energy and his ribs, hip bones and spine are more than visible....The other horses that are boarded out there also now have ribs showing and have visibly lost alot of weight. I have since moved Lucy, due to not being able to deal with these peoples craziness and the couple times I went to see her before I moved her she had not been fed nor watered..NOt acceptable...Not to mention that the 3 other mares and my Lucy that came there from the same place, were very healthy girls, well they were losing weight too. The man that transported Lucy for us was very distraught seeing Dakota the way he is, we have been told if he don't get moved he will not make it through winter, he literally looks like skin over just bones...He is only 5 and looks 85. He is no longer my daughters horse as the boyfriend and her have broken up over all the drama t with his parents. But these horses need help, I do not know what to do...I have emailed the Hooved Animal Society in that area but to no avail I have not heard anything back. I just am sickened by all of this, I need to know who to call to get these people investigated and hopefully get these horses out of there. It is Bureau county in Illinois. Please help me, help these horses. Thank you