I board at a barn near my home, and there is this one gelding there. His name is Duke.
The thing is, he has some sort of eating problem, so he isn't allowed outside to graze with the other horses and ponies, and his owner never comes to ride him, so he's always in his stall. It makes me want to cry, because he is obviously lonely and full of energy that he can never let out, so he's turned into a weaver, and is very shy of humans.
I've gotten to know him over the six or so months I've been there, and he will even let me touch his head through the bars. I see him lifting his forelegs up in turn, and whether that is a habit developed out of boredom, or because no one ever cleans his hooves (apart from the farrier - at least, I think the farrier sees him).
He has a blanket on, but his neck is always drenched in sweat, and since the temperature is generally below 30f here, it steams off of him, and I see him shaking.
It isn't legally called animal cruelty, but I think it is. You have no idea how many times I've wanted to call the owner up and ask to buy him, but of course, my parents would kill me.
Any suggestions on what I can do? Should I ask the owner to ride him? Lunge him? LOVE HIM!?!?!?!!?! (Which I do already, actually ). Do you know of anything to treat weaving? He could be damaging his neck, and no one would be the wiser.
Sorry, it just makes me so sad to see him....