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    08-12-2010, 03:54 PM
Advice Needed

Hey guys,

I was wondering if you could help me, I know nothing about horses. For the last week i've been concerned about this particular horse in a field near where I live. I went down today to have a closer look at the horse. Its very thin, its ribs are clearly visible as well as its hip bones and back bone. The horse also has very noticeable indents above each of its eyes. It looks like it hasn't had a good feed in a while and i've never seen anyone with the horse nor do I know whose it is. The horse also hangs its neck lower to the ground and shakes its head up and down slowly, is that normal behaviour?

When I got back I did some research about Emaciated horses and this horse really does match the description, it looked exactly like what the horses looked like on google images. I've been really concerned about it so I reported it to the RSPCA.

I was just wondering if what I have described matches the description of an unhealthy horse? I really want to go down and feed it each day but can imagine obviously if the owner was to see me they wouldn't be happy. I was just wondering what you guys would suggest I do, leave it for the rspca to have a look (i don't know when there going to have a look) or to go and give it some food each day?

Thank you

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    08-12-2010, 04:00 PM
It's very kind of you to want to help an animal in need, but let the authorities take care of the situation.

It certainly sounds as if the poor old thing needs to be looked after, but you can't feed someone else's horse without their permission. In fact, you can get in a lot trouble if you do.

Thank you for reporting what you saw to the RSPCA. Let them handle it from here.
    08-12-2010, 04:09 PM
Hey speed racer, thanks for your reply. Lol yeah probs thought it wasn't a good idea to feed it. I just hope the rspca act asap! The field it is in does have a lot of grass, although i've never seen it eating it. Do you reckon it would eat the grass if it were really hungry? Excuse my ignorance but i'm completely clueless when it comes to horses.
    08-12-2010, 04:11 PM
I would leave it to the authorities. The owners may tell the cops that you must have been poisoning their horse and that's why it's in such poor shape. You really never know, if they're willing to treat a horse like that, god only knows how they would treat a person.

Keep calling it in, have your friends, co-workers and neighbors keep calling it in. I know you can call the cops on a reckless driver and give them the license plate, but they won't do anything unless they get X amount of calls. You can also tell the RSPCA that if they remove the horse, you would be willing to donate hay for it.

And lastly, good on you for calling, and even noticing. =] Too many people just turn a blind eye to abuse and neglect, and to me, it makes them just as guilty.

EDIT: I was responding when you replied. It would eat the grass, but if it's feet are in bad shape, it may not be able to move, or it may be too sick to move or eat. Again, the best advice is to keep calling and tell everyone you know to call.
    08-12-2010, 04:12 PM
Yes, horses will eat grass. In fact, it's one of their primary foods.

The horse may be old and have no teeth anymore though, which is why he or she isn't eating the grass.

It's worrisome that in a field full of grass, the horse isn't eating.
    08-12-2010, 04:22 PM
Thanks guys, really appreciate the feedback! :) riccil0ve never thought about it that way, that the owners could twist it. Good point! I wont feed it.

The rspca said to keep an eye on it and to call again if it was to deteriorate, although I did ask if they were going to send someone to have a look and they said they were. I only reported it this afternoon about 3pm so doubt they would have sent someone out today but will call again either sunday or monday and ask. I'd like to know what their thoughts are, either if they think it is fine or their going to care for it. Will put my mind to rest!!
    08-12-2010, 05:00 PM
Good for you! You might also find an area horse rescue nearby. I have worked for one in my area and have seen something curious. Often neglectful owners will fight and deny when the "authorities" show up but will willingly surrender a horse they no longer care for to a rescue organization, perhaps because they see them as less threatening. If the horse is truly in bad shape and is just not being taken care of at all (teeth, hooves, love, etc.)--which is all too common--you might call someone from a horse rescue to come to talk to the owner.
    08-16-2010, 12:03 PM
Just thought i'd give you a bit of an update about the horse :) Got a call from the WHW this afternoon, they were already aware of the horse and have been keeping an eye on him for a couple of months.

They're monitoring him every couple of weeks. The owners apparently very experienced with horses and he's definitely getting fed and given water. He just struggles to put weight on as he's an old boy :)

Thanks again to everyone who offered advice, you were all very helpful!! :)
    08-16-2010, 12:10 PM
Thanks for the update, Lauren.

Some old horses have trouble keeping/putting on weight. My 24 y/o doesn't have a problem, but like a lot of old people, many just don't have the appetite they had as youngsters.
    08-16-2010, 12:27 PM
Glad to hear that he is actually recieving proper care.

Thank you lauren for educating yourself before acting. Some 'pooor lil pony' types would have went and bought a 50 pound sack of feed, opened it up and let the poor old guy eat til he got sick from it. You did the right thing. While the vast majority of horses that look like this fellow *are* being activly starved there are quite a few that are just old and in poor shape. Jumping to any conclusion about thin horses can end up with serious consequences.

Thanks again for helping this boy.

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