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post #1 of 31 Old 07-29-2010, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Any Advice Please??? ***LONG***

ok, so there is a house down the road from mine, and they have a horse on about 5 or so acres. the horse they have is a bay mare, i dont think they have any others, but the people who own her consider her just a grungy lawn ornament. the so-called "feilds" they keep her in are 90% sand and sun. she has to drag herself around to look for tiny nibblets of grass in the blazing heat, however she manages to stay stocky... (?idk how?) she's a real nice horse, she looks to be about 5 or 6, looks like a paso or morgan, something like that. also, her feet are long and cracked, she needs the farrier bad. otherwise, shes like a big puppy. she's SO nice, loves treats and one-on-one attention...
the thing is, her owners are not the friendliest. they're the type of motorcycle-riding, beer-drinking, hermit people who dont give diddly squat about their animals. their fence is barbed wire, broken in many places, and the little mare is caked in dried, hard mud. she has an old green halter on all the time, which is ripped and far too tight on her, it left a dent in her nose, she's covered with many small, old scars from barbed wire, and she has no shade or shelter.
she could be a gorgeous horse with a little TLC, but since she's not my horse, i can't do anything with her. i have been riding my bike out to see her daily, and i secretly bring a carrot every time, and give her lots of love ant rubs... she's a REALLY sweet horse. i've asked my mom if she could talk to the owners, and ask if they would let me take care of her, but i think even she is too scared to talk to them. i just can't stand to see a horse being treated like this, it breaks my heart when i have to leave her alone after every visit..... ANY ADVIVE??? PLEASE HELP!!!

He carried me away from all my fears, and his mane was there to wipe my tears. -RIP Vegas, my best friend.
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post #2 of 31 Old 07-29-2010, 01:38 PM
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My first bit of advice is - stop feeding a horse you know nothing about treats. Even a carrot can be bad for a horse with certain conditions.

Caked on mud is not the end of the world. Unless you are willing to talk to the owners about this horse just let it be. Trespassing is illegal.
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If you are old enough to trespass, you are old enough to ask them yourself. Ride down on your bike and knock on their door. Tell them that you really like their horse and ask if you can help take care of her. The answer is either yes or no.

One thing I would warn you of is judging people by their exterior. Just because they ride motorcycles and drink beer does not make them bad people. Barbed wire used to be plenty acceptable for any animal...maybe they dont have the money to have it replaced. And if she is staying fat on just a few little nibbles, someone is feeding her. For all you know, she could be someones favorite horse. They may just love her alot but not have alot of time. Its easy to see neglect in any horse. My horse is caked in mud every time I go to see him. I ride 3 days a week when no one is really around. People may think him to be neglected, but he is not.
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Its easy to see neglect in any horse.
So true.

If you came by my house at a certain time every day you would think I never gave my two any attention and did not give them any food.

And if you did not look far enough you would say the one has no water too since his outside bucket would probably be empty (his two inside buckets would not be, he has three buckets).

He is kept in a dry lot with weighed hay to keep him from getting too fat. A stranger might think he is neglected. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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post #5 of 31 Old 07-29-2010, 02:24 PM
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but since she's not my horse, i can't do anything with her

.. ANY ADVIVE??? PLEASE HELP!!!
You are correct - she is NOT your horse you CANNOT do anything with her.

Advice - stay away. Not your horse, not your business.

Your parents are asking for trouble if you are caught on the land handling and FEEDING the horse. You could cause an allergic reaction or a choke episode.
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okay, this isn't working out as i thought. i didn't want to make my novel any longer, so i left out a few details, and not to be mean, but you guys are taking advantage of that and making me seem like the bad guy. i never said she was abused, and i never planned to assume so. i guess i could've described the situation better, but seeing as everything you guys have said is completely wrong, (and i'm not trying to sound rude here) i am now ignoring this thread and taking the matter into my own hands. but thanks anyway.

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Good for you. Do the ADULT thing.
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Do you know that this horse does not have any medical conditions that feeding her carrots (which are high in sugar) could cause her a problem?

Do you have permission to feed the horse anything?

Do you have permission to be on their land?


I am confused how we are reading it wrong? What details have you left out that would change the situation?
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post #9 of 31 Old 07-29-2010, 02:45 PM
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Sorry OP, another MYOB vote here.

Not your horse, and unless the animal is in apparent dire need of groceries, long feet, mud, and barbed wire fencing hardly constitute abuse and neglect.

It doesn't sound like optimum conditions, especially since she's wearing a too-small halter, but she's obviously being cared for if she's holding a good weight.

It appears that you're bigoted against these people, since by your post anyone who rides motorcycles, drinks beer, and likes their privacy must be an evil, neglectful owner.

I don't ride motorcycles (yet), but I've been known to imbibe an adult beverage, and I'm very protective of my privacy. I bought 5 acres out in the middle of nowhere so I don't have to deal with nosey people who think they know better than I do how to care for my animals.

If the animal were truly being abused or neglected, I'd say call the local ACO. Otherwise, stay away from the animal and stop trespassing.
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you could always just ask the people if you could groom her now and then

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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