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        02-01-2013, 07:29 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    The best thing for a horse that is underweight is grass/hay 24/7, free choice.

    We have a lean hard keeper too. What works for him is beet pulp. You can't over feed it either. It won't cause colic or founder. Some say it causes choke but we've never had that problem. Also, it can help keep a horse hydrated because you soak it in water.
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        02-01-2013, 07:35 PM
      #22
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    The best thing for a horse that is underweight is grass/hay 24/7, free choice.

    We have a lean hard keeper too. What works for him is beet pulp. You can't over feed it either. It won't cause colic or founder. Some say it causes choke but we've never had that problem. Also, it can help keep a horse hydrated because you soak it in water.
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    Yes beat pulp is what he gets with his Suppliments twice a day(Sorry said grain wasnt thinking) And also lotsw of grass hay(We bale our fields every year ik I said 2 flakes twice a day earlier there is usually a bit left so he eats how much he wants and then leaves the rest )He went to the vet several times and the vet seems to think he wasnt taken care of for so long he may just be in this shape the rest of his life(I see nothing hurting him to have his ribs showing a bit) The vet said I did great with him and that he would support me if animal control came because I am doing the best I can and he is in great shape compared to the way he was.
         
        02-01-2013, 08:03 PM
      #23
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    I would politely disagree with the idea that horses don't colic on beet pulp as my arabian mare did just that. A fellow boarder decided to feed it to my mare without my knowledge. My mare colicked, a gas colic but colic. For your horse in question, I don't think its body weight but lack of muscle that gives the illusion of not being in good weight. It might help to get a signed letter from your vet saying that the horse is in suitable weight.
         
        02-01-2013, 08:08 PM
      #24
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Animallover707    
    I tried talking to her, she is just a ~~~~~ and refuses to believe anything I say. She even wants me to get rid of my chickens. I talked to a few neighbors and even animal control and they think its rediculous she would do this. We can't even do target practice here anymore because they call the cops! Animal control said that if they get enough calls they will be forced to remove the animal, no matter what the circumstances. Im considering moving to Idaho next year because to many city people are moving here and bringing drugs and stuff. One lady honked at my horse as she was driving up behind me (I was on the other side of the road!)the other day and got me thrown!
    What state are you in? I have never heard of an animal welfare body having the authority to seize an animal without just cause, simply because they are receiving a lot of complaints about it. I have a hard time believing that what Animal Control is telling you is true.

    The horse is on the thin side but not to the point of being a neglect case. He's an older horse that has been neglected, and you have photographic proof of improvement. I question some of your vets statements about whether his weight can be improved - Smrobs has made some good points, also what kind of grain are you feeding him and how much? Switching to a more balanced feed may help, as could increasing his fat intake.

    As for the woman causing all this grief - I'd cease all contact with her and start calling the cops on her each and every time she complains, threatens, harasses, or trespasses etc. Build up a record with them of her behaviour, and document everything myself as well. If she's called Animal Control that many times and they've confirmed that it was unwarranted, you'd think they'd be able to back you up as well.

    It's people like her who give those of us who live in the city a bad name. I'm sure whoever she pestered before she left the city was glad to see her go.
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        02-01-2013, 08:10 PM
      #25
    Weanling
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    I would politely disagree with the idea that horses don't colic on beet pulp as my arabian mare did just that. A fellow boarder decided to feed it to my mare without my knowledge. My mare colicked, a gas colic but colic. For your horse in question, I don't think its body weight but lack of muscle that gives the illusion of not being in good weight. It might help to get a signed letter from your vet saying that the horse is in suitable weight.
    We have done that but my animal control is still on to me because she keeps calling and calling and its really making me mad. Two girls I ride with keep telling me 'that lady called today!' for various complains. She went as far as telling them my dogs were starving to death and severely underweight and never had water aand when the guy showed up he said they all looked great! He told me to make sure they have water everyday tho. Which is already done. I even have an automatic on my lab who plays in his water all the time
         
        02-01-2013, 08:17 PM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Gremmy    
    What state are you in? I have never heard of an animal welfare body having the authority to seize an animal without just cause, simply because they are receiving a lot of complaints about it. I have a hard time believing that what Animal Control is telling you is true.

    The horse is on the thin side but not to the point of being a neglect case. He's an older horse that has been neglected, and you have photographic proof of improvement. I question some of your vets statements about whether his weight can be improved - Smrobs has made some good points, also what kind of grain are you feeding him and how much? Switching to a more balanced feed may help, as could increasing his fat intake.

    As for the woman causing all this grief - I'd cease all contact with her and start calling the cops on her each and every time she complains, threatens, harasses, or trespasses etc. Build up a record with them of her behaviour, and document everything myself as well. If she's called Animal Control that many times and they've confirmed that it was unwarranted, you'd think they'd be able to back you up as well.

    It's people like her who give those of us who live in the city a bad name. I'm sure whoever she pestered before she left the city was glad to see her go.
    Im far up in the mountians in california. They did stop taking he complaints about the cows for a while(We finally gave up and got rid of them because of so many visits and I was constantly busy trying to make sure everything looked clean and didnt stink it was to much for me) but she had other people call me in to. My friends ignore her calls, but sometimes the report goes to the chief and it is investigated. I havent talked to her for a long time but recently was told she was trying to turn all neighbors against me. A few drive by every day and im sure they constantly see animals in BAD shape, because most are rescued. I found a starving puppy in a dump a few months ago and I didnt take her to the ranch til she gained 20 pounds so the lady didnt call me in. I keep my worst looking horse at my house. I got her 7 weeks ago and she had the same owner as the buckskin in the pics. She was worse then he was. I have a hunch that she stopped calling animal control and is now calling the police instead because they have been going back and forth looking at my property and I seen them stop and talk to her.
         
        02-01-2013, 08:20 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Get a camera and go and start taking photos of her place.. for no reason.. just so she sees you do it. If she asks mumble something about things don't seem "up to code...."

    BTW do this from public property.

    You could also say, "Google Maps had a poor Street View at this location and I thought I would help them out."

    Do this every time she takes photos of your place. Also take photos of HER taking photos of YOUR place.. and write down the date and time and so forth. Enough frequency is harassment.....

    Just sayin'
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        02-01-2013, 08:28 PM
      #28
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Elana    
    Get a camera and go and start taking photos of her place.. for no reason.. just so she sees you do it. If she asks mumble something about things don't seem "up to code...."

    BTW do this from public property.

    You could also say, "Google Maps had a poor Street View at this location and I thought I would help them out."

    Do this every time she takes photos of your place. Also take photos of HER taking photos of YOUR place.. and write down the date and time and so forth. Enough frequency is harassment.....

    Just sayin'
    Ok will do we have a video of her husband leaving his truck(Semi) on every morning next to our ranch(Which is my parents) from 3am to 6 am and the house is on that side and the exhaust was so bad every morning my little brother started coughing up blood and developed asma. They seen us videotaping it and they quit. I don't have a camra so I will borrow my mothers.
         
        02-01-2013, 09:31 PM
      #29
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    Elana has a good point, enough visits are harassment and that might be a thing to consider. A well placed and timed call to the police may be enough to make her stop.
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        02-01-2013, 09:43 PM
      #30
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by rookie    
    Elana has a good point, enough visits are harassment and that might be a thing to consider. A well placed and timed call to the police may be enough to make her stop.
    Ok I know she has been tresspassing, she came over a while back and was like "you need to fill in that hole I was over here yesterday and I tripped and fell in it!" well no one was home that day and she suddenly realized what she admitted to and turned white and was very quiet afterwards. If I can get it on video and call the police she will be in big trouble!
         

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