| Are they a bit fanatical in your neck of the woods then??
No, where I live they are just the opposite. I have lived places where they were that fanatical, but here it is 'ranch country'. You can only call the County Sheriff's office and they would give you a going over for calling them out for a slick, fat horse that was barely lame. You cannot get them to do anything for an emaciated, 3 legged 'hopping' lame horse. They would either be mad at you for wasting their time or give you a going over telling you what a 'real' neglected horse looks like. I've had numerous people call me to ask what they could do for some poor, nearly dead horse in some back pasture near them because the Sheriff would not do anything about it. The current Sheriff (lame duck after last election) has actually told people "If they did not like the way someone was feeding their horse, they should go give it some feed themselves" or "mind their own business." They did tell one guy with an emaciated old toothless horse that they would shoot it for him if he had a place to put it. A few days later it could not get up and died. I was ready to go shoot it myself, but husband said to "stay out of it. The sheriff could not make him shoot it. It wasn't any of my business."
This, by the way, never happened when horses had the 'value' created by a solid slaughter horse market. This has only happened during the last few years.
I have two old 'pensioned off' mares that are much more lame than this mare.
One is a retired old roping horse with severe Navicular Syndrome. She hobbles around but is fat and happy living out her years here. [She is well into her 20s now.] I quit breeding her years ago. She has two daughters that have been exported to the UK and Ireland that sold for 10K each and another one here in the brood band. I would love to have another foal out of her but do not want to make her carry a foal on her sore old feet.
The other has an old leg injury that became arthritic and left her permanently lame. Like this mare, it is almost undetectable at a walk, but she bobs her head when she trots. The Vet did not think she would be any worse carrying a foal and since she is very kind and is drop dead gorgeous, we decided to breed her this year and let her raise a foal next year. If it makes her more lame, I won't breed her again.
The mare in this thread and in the video is very well fed and cared for -- too well fed. She is FAR from suffering. If you want to see a lame horse that is really suffering, I am sure I can go find one and video it for you. There are probably a dozen of them within 5 miles of my house. Every serious breeder around here (and there are several) have brood mares far more lame than my two or this one.
I would just save my hysteria for horses that are far more neglected and in much worse shape than this one. A lot of Vets around here would just tell the owner to turn her out for 2 months and then reevaluate her. Unless a horse has special emotional value or real high monetary value, people and Vets will not spend more on diagnostics than the monetary value of the horse. Here, a horse is livestock just like your cattle. If one has a special attachment to a horse, they spend what they can afford on one. If not, health decisions are often based strictly on value, replacement costs and treatment costs.