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    01-25-2013, 06:42 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by peppersgirl    
Been through wendover many many times! I do question my sanity everytime I stop for gas even... always either try to get to elko, or that little town before salt late... Ugh there are better places to go for jobs IMO..
Very true. The people here are so bitter because they are miserable. Since there is nothing to do here, many people turn to excessive drinking and drugs. That leaves them broke, so they can never leave this town. Next time you're here, visit these stables. It's on the opposite side of the railroad tracks. Another way to go is take the road that leads to Elko, just as you pass the pound (the beat up trailer), take the first dirt road on the right (actually any of the first 3 lead to the same place). Yes, that thing that looks like a tornado hit a trailer park is the stables.

Here is what it looked like ten years ago. Still not that pretty, but way better than it is now:



And here is what it looks like now:
     
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    01-25-2013, 07:16 PM
  #12
Yearling
Omgsh. That broke my heart! It is beyond me why ppl would willingly board there. Some of the pens aren't too bad, but most are miserable looking for the horse. Why the plastic sheeting up so high?
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    01-25-2013, 07:27 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Army wife    
Omgsh. That broke my heart! It is beyond me why ppl would willingly board there. Some of the pens aren't too bad, but most are miserable looking for the horse. Why the plastic sheeting up so high?
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The plastic sheeting isn't supposed to be there. Its one of the rules (which aren't enforced). It's so people can't just look inside and see the skinny horses. Another rule is the required amount of space each horse needs, is one horse per 30x30 square, with the exception of mare and foal. Most people divide it up and put multiple horses in the smaller stalls.

When I put my horse in there, I thought that if everything was up to me, I'd make sure my horse got better care than the others. I built him a nice shelter, and cleaned his stall daily. Hell, rather than dividing his stall, I rented two so he could have more space. But no matter how good I treated my horse, it was because of sadistic people and useless law enforcement that I had to sell him. Here is a picture of my horse in his stall before I sold him. Just compare that to the other stalls you see in the video:

     
    01-25-2013, 07:59 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I didn't see any "skinny" horses in the vid. The conditions aren't the best but I've seen worse.

Sometimes you have to deal with what you can get. If you want a horse bad enough and there is no other option, what else are you to do.
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    01-25-2013, 08:04 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by usandpets    
I didn't see any "skinny" horses in the vid. The conditions aren't the best but I've seen worse.

Sometimes you have to deal with what you can get. If you want a horse bad enough and there is no other option, what else are you to do.

Two horses recently died of starvation. Most of the skinny horses are behind the plastic.
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    01-25-2013, 08:09 PM
  #16
Yearling
Your horse was beautiful. I'm soo sorry you had to sell him because of this.
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    01-25-2013, 10:32 PM
  #17
Yearling
I didn't see any skinny horses either. The hooves were terrible yes, however if I drive down the road I will see hooves like that everywhere.
Its good you want a better home for them:)
Perhaps if you put out pamphlets on how to take care of horses, and contacts for farriers and vets maybe things will change. I know you want whats best, but not everyone knows what is right and what is wrong.
Seems you have put alot of effort into your blog.
How about have a clinic of some sort to teach people how to take care of them, so they will have a happy heathly horse to enjoy for many years to come. Tell them what you think.
IDK, just my thoughts
     
    01-25-2013, 10:40 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Honestly in the middle of nowhere I would knock on doors of private places like farms and barns and have plenty of options.
     
    01-26-2013, 01:41 AM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
Honestly in the middle of nowhere I would knock on doors of private places like farms and barns and have plenty of options.
That is not an option here though. This is the only option for a place to keep a horse.
     
    03-19-2013, 03:07 PM
  #20
Weanling
Update:
As of last week, the majority of the issues have been fixed. After a six month battle, the stables are now a clean, horse friendly place to board. Though it was a great victory for the horses, I have made quite a few enemies and have a few giving me death threats.

The city is building their own shelters and tearing down the ones that the boarders built. Their designs allow everyone to see the horse and its condition, while still goving it shelter. The rent has incressed from $30 per month to $60 per month. I think that was a good idea, because it will stop giving the false impression that horses are cheap (just because the rent is cheap, doesn't mean the food or vet and farrier care is).
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