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post #11 of 16 Old 08-23-2009, 10:17 PM
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That is such a sad story. Good luck trying to help this guy out :(

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post #12 of 16 Old 08-23-2009, 10:20 PM
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Hi. I'm new here (first post) but I had to post when i saw this story. It's awful! All I have to say is-possession is nine/tenths of the law right? He's been on your grampa's property since Christmas...so what if another home was found for him? This is clear neglect and good for you for getting behind this pony's well-being!
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-23-2009, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I suppose the issue comes in that we actually get along good with the neighbours. My grandpa is a stubborn old fart who shouldn't still be living alone on a farm in the middle of nowhere, but who exactly makes a 75 year old man do anything he doesn't want to do?

So he's allowed them to keep the pony there since they're taking care of it. And I have to be careful not to ruffle TOO many feathers because the neighbours have been just amazing about helping my grandpa with different things (bringing him into the city, taking him groceries, etc.) It's not that I'd sacrifice a pony to keep things "quiet", just that I have to find a very tactful way to go about this.

Hence why the situation is so complex. I don't know any nicer way of telling them they're total idiots and LOVE isn't going to keep a pony alive.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure me and Shay-la may be heading out tomorrow to have a chat with them. If they'd be willing to surrender her, we'd be willing to take her on and make a nice little kid's pony out of her. I don't know what other option they have - even if they DO finally get a farrier out, they have no clue how to train/tame a horse, and no farrier is going to tolerate a half-wild bratty yearling trying to trample them.

Oy vei. People need licenses to own animals! >.<

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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post #14 of 16 Old 08-24-2009, 10:31 AM
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Are you sure the SPCA won't do anything? I understand that their cases usually involve horrid malnourishment but this is also a severe issue. Maybe another quick call would help? Or, as my mother always said, the squeaky wheel gets oiled; you could continue calling the SPCA until someone comes out.
Though I do see you are in a predicament with the neighbors having helped your grandpa in the past. What a sticky situation! Good luck to you.


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post #15 of 16 Old 08-24-2009, 10:35 AM
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Good luck! You need to help them realize that their standards are unacceptable. They mustn't have horses if they cannot care for them. It is not a crime to be poor. But, using lack of money as an excuse for neglect is wrong. I know times are tough, but I have always found resources to take care of my horses. I would sacrifice shopping, cable, anything so my horses got care. Call me short-sighted, but not having money is not the issue - not having brains is the issue.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-24-2009, 11:27 AM
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Maca, nothing can be done with idiots. Sorry for being harsh, but it's just what it is. There is a difference between people with lack of education (who WANT to listen and learn) and a.....s (who have no intention of doing so). Yours sound like 2nd category (unfortunately). All you could do is try to scare them that winter is coming and they'll have to feed the thing (read "need money").
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