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        09-29-2009, 09:31 AM
    But she hasn't. I was going to ride him the other day but he is SO skinny, you can actually see his ribs!
    You should be able to see most horse's ribs (maybe 2-3 ribs) but that is much different from being "ribby". Many horse owners abuse their horses horribly by overfeeding them to the point that they are obese.

    I wish I knew who she bought him from because I would let them know what condition he is in.
    That is not your concern nor is it their concern! If you sell an animal, it is no longer your property! If you sell your car, and the next owner decides to take it to the junkyard, It is not your responsiblilty, privelege, or right to complain. You can offer to purchase it, but it is not yours!
    If the next owner of an animal you have sold neglects it, you are not involved, the law is involved. We have laws in this country for this. And you as a horse owner may chose who you sell animals to and you can choose to never do buisness with that individual again.

    I also don't know how much a horse like this would require in hay per week...but something is better than nothing.
    It is commendable that you feel charity in your heart toward this situation! If you wanted to provide hay for the owner to feed - Fine! But do not feed someone else's animal! That is a good way to get in all kinds of trouble! You are not intimately familiar with the details of this animal. You are not responsible for this animal. You don't know if it is "allergic to alfalfa". You don't even know how much hay to feed. Provide the hay if you want - Do not feed someone else's animal!

    We sell hay - we like selling hay! But you have not provided enough details as to whether or not you have enough pasture to warrant the horses needing hay. Florida is not like Canada. Depending on where you are in FL, you may have grass growing 10-12 months of the year. And if you have ample pasture, you may not need any hay at all!
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        09-29-2009, 07:45 PM
    I would never feed another persons horse without their permission. I emailed the horses owner and very politely explained that I knew the economy was bad and things were tight but that I could provide hay once a week or so if it would help. She told me the horse is being given a supplement to help it gain weight and that it has gained some weight and I shouldn't be too concerned about it because he still has plenty of energy so feel free to ride him if I want.
    I'm not sure on the EXACT amount of acreage on this farm, but I have been told it is 50 acres. It is not cross fenced, the barn is attached to the front half of the property and the horses can be turned out of their stalls and they are in the pasture. I have walked at least 10 acres of it, probably more...but it is divided up with brush and trees so it's hard to say exactly. The horses have no problems going through the brush and trees and we saw plenty of hoof prints throughout what area we did explore...but I have a spider-phobia and didn't like all the stuff getting in my hair!!! At the owners old property, there wasn't really any grass. Mostly dirt and 'palmetto bushes' which the horses did chew on possibly because of the lack of grass. Here...there's grass as far as the eye can see.

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