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post #31 of 34 Old 02-14-2010, 12:47 PM
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I think you've hit on part of the problem. Some people need to mind their own business.

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post #32 of 34 Old 02-14-2010, 02:13 PM
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My current OTTB won't gain weight for the life of me, he is fed twice a day and he looks malnourished sickly BUT HE'S NOT and he is pastured with 2 of my other two horses who don't look underfed. I'm fairly sure if he was pastured alone I would be getting in trouble.

Just play it by ear, keep an eye on it and if the situation gets worse, call someone. There isn't much else you can do if you don't personally know them.

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post #33 of 34 Old 02-14-2010, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
Agreed. I saw a horse at a just-starting-out driving stable, and he was a paint gelding....SO thin. THE thinnest horse I have ever seen. I watched him for a month, as the other horses there didn't look to be under-fed, and was going to have my mom drive me to the stable so I could reccomend a good feed and a vitamin that got my stressed, underweight senior up to a good weight again. However, I started to not see him in the paddock anymore. For a month, he wasn't out there, even when the other horses were. I figure he was probably suffering from an illness and passed away, but even now, I'm kicking myself for not going and suggesting that feed product to them, even if he DID die of an illness. He might have been sold, but when I drive home from school every day, he's never out there. I feel realllly bad about not suggesting that feed and vitamin.
You know he could be stalled because he has a problem with eating.

And the MYOB stuff is not crap. We had an old retiree once out in our front pasture, when we went to Thermal one year he got an abcess and dropped weight FAST. When we got home we realized "oh he looks awful.. we should bring him inside and fatten him up". So we did, pretty soon after getting home from the show though some Busy-body-do-gooder had called Animal Control to come out and take away our "Abused horse".

We kindly showed Animal Control said horse, explained the situation and showed them the front gate.

You really don't know the circumstances around some animals or the situation, just because a horse is no longer out doesn't mean he died... maybe he gets picked on and isn't allowed to eat, has ulcers, or some other problem that they are monitoring.

In essence MYOGDB.

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post #34 of 34 Old 02-14-2010, 03:58 PM
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MYOB is what allows animal abuse to continue.

I don't agree with those saying to approach strangers - that could be dangerous. I do think a call to the proper authorities to check it out is a good course of action under some circumstances. If you have seen the horses around for a while and they seem to deteriorating in condition - call the authorities. If you see horses/animals in immediate danger - call the authorities. If its the first time you've seen the horses (might be rescues then) or they are not in immediate danger or dangerously thin - then I might hold off and just keep an eye on them the next time you go past the place and see if there are any improvements.

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