Originally Posted by equiniphile
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.