Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chilton, Wisconsin
OK, OK whoaaa.....
I don't wanna be the "nay sayer", and from what I hear, it sounds like a bad condition there.
Now I'm SURE I'm going to get flack about this...but here it goes.
::Stands and scolds everyone but RebelAppy:: Just jump right to calling the sherrif?? That's definitely not the right way to handle this. NOone benefits when you pull something like that. I'm not defending the owner at all (trust me, it sickens me!), but if you jump to this step - now you are jepordising you friendship/relationship with the owner - plus you are earning the tag of being a "dime dropper" or a "snitch" - now the community itself has a grey opinion on you. So what happens after that? The owner loses her horses, putting a sour taste in her mouth - and who's to say she won't just up and buy more horses....it starts all over again. Then where do these horses go? I don't know about everyone elses area, but 'round here the horses taken by intervention will go to 1 of 2 stables/rescue/shelter farms - already over crowded/underfunded - not to mention, for the most part - unwanted.
Rebel has the right idea (and it sounds like you may have already gone this route kinda sorta - good for you!!) Talk to the owner. I don't mean show up unexpectedly and happen to mention "Wow, your yard is pretty mucky". If that doesn't help, then take more evasive manuvers.
Here's what I would do. Make a time to go to meet with this offending owner - BRING someone else with you - preferably that knowledgeable about horses. This creates a peer pressure element, it's no longer one on one. Don't beet around the bush. Tell her that these conditions worry you, and something needs (not should), needs to be done. If still undaunted by the two of you, embelish the truth a bit - "There's talk amongst the neighbors of the poor conditions here, even talk of getting animal welfare involved. I'd hate to see you lose your horses" and give her an firm belief of what should be done - "Maybe, it would be best if you got rid of a few of these guys" or "What can we do to help, something needs to be done." Be firm, but not rude, at the same time, make IT CLEAR that something has to be done. And don't screw around -shoot down the "Well, I get money next month, maybey I'll buy a bag of sweet feed" comments.
If this fails - absolutly get animal welfare involved. I don't know about the sherrifs dept - they may be of assistance, but animal welfare will be the say all know all in that situation.
In short - don't be afraid to get athorities envolved...just make sure you go about it in the right way. Please.
Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Thanx dear---you know who u are!!