Originally Posted by SEAmom
I don't see anywhere on this thread where anyone posted that a fat horse is okay - let alone an obese horse. The whole weight thing has seriously been beat to death and needs to be dropped. Personally, I would have the same response if the horse was 200 lbs underweight or 200 lbs overweight. This became a very hostile thread. Honestly, if I were the OP, I would never want to ask any questions again after being attacked the way many of you have done. As she has stated, the horse is on her PARENTS property, so the horse is really THEIR concern between the OP and them since they are the legal owners of the property and not her. So, aim your hostility toward them and the owner rather than a minor just looking to have a question answered.
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I second this.. the girl has made it very clear she knows he's much too overweight and that he already gets a very small amount of feed (she said the next step would be no feed, so yes, maybe she should just cut his feed, but it sounds to me like she's giving him a very minimal amount) and that pasture doesn't look all that great. It's obviously going to take a lot more than just cutting his feed to help him lose all that weight.
It's not her horse, and she already stated that her friend will NOT call the vet out, and her parents have threatened to send him to the "glue factory" what other options does the OP have? I suppose she could call animal control.. but it's not her horse, she's not going to pay a large vet bill for a horse that's not even hers, or buy supplements for a horse that's not hers, give the horse the work it needs to help him get in shape, or go find him special hay.. i'm assuming she's in high school, and I doubt she has tons of free time/extra money anyway. I completely agree he is way overweight but her options are somewhat limited IMO.
Ladybug, what i'd suggest is maybe you should find some online resources on how dangerous obesity is in horses and show it to your friend/her parents, maybe you can help her realize how serious this is. Also, you could encourage your friend to get him some supplements or older hay just for him like some others suggested? If she really won't listen to you, maybe as a last resort you SHOULD consider contacting animal control, I'm sure they'd be able to knock some sense into her parents. Maybe they'd even confiscate the poor guy, and then you would be sure he'll be taken care of. Just my $.02.