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    01-09-2010, 09:05 PM
  #121
Foal
Sorry this is so long, but it is my own experience with a neglected horse I wanted to share....
When I was 16 years old (Many years ago) and lived on Eastern Long Island NY, I would ride my horse through trails that led past a "shanty" type home deep in the woods, with a dirt driveway that led out to the back road for cars. I rode past that place everyday after school to the fields and trails along the powerlines. After about 2 months the "shanty" had a horse at it, skinny and shaggy-but it was a horse in "my" neigborhood, and I thought "wow, maybe someone to ride with". Well, the woman was pregnant, had a little toddler and a husband-and THEY lived in the shanty, with a dog and a rabbit hopping around. When I call it a shanty, I mean shanty- metal sheeting, irregular legnths of wood just put togather like a kids playhouse in the woods... seriously. But I did not realize what they didn't have, I just noticed a horse.
Well, we rode together maybe a dozen times and she became closer to her due date, her husband purchased another horse and winter was coming, he put up a plastic sheeting shed for the horses, but kept a few bales of hay in it with car parts, the horses stayed in a 2X4 wood corral, that was maybe 16 by 16ft. As winter went on I went riding less due to icy conditions and when I went past I would see very skinny horses with ice attatched to the hair, but I thought they were getting fed. I started letting my mother know about the horses in the woods, and she became interested in helping-we purchased a bag of grain and I directed her to where the road was to get up to the driveway, she talked to the woman and she accepted the grain-but the husband was VERY angry that we gave charity to them, so I would ride with Calf Manna supplements in my pockets-hand feeding them when we passed by.
But deep winter came and I missed riding that way a few weeks, it was lethal for the second horse- I rode past one day and saw him lay down, and had a horrible feeling in my gut.... I made My horse run home, I ran in my house and called my mother at work, told her "Dusty is down for the count" I will never forget my words..... she knew I never would say such a thing if it wasn't desperate, she called the ASPCA who met me there at Dusty's place, I brought a blanket from home for him but even the ASPCA who called in a vet couldn't save him, he died. WE stayed with him all night, turning him and giving him warm molasses water with electrolytes, the Vet gave him an injection of epinephrine for a last chance to get him to his feet but he couldn't do it. He lost hope in humans, as I watched. The husband was really angry, they moved, the ASPCA condemned the home and CPS was brought in for the kids as well, the husband was brought up on animal cruelty charges. The other horse was placed into a boarding facility "up the Island" and he was watched by the ASPCA-I don't know what happened to him after that.
Dusty's "real" name was Along The Rails, he was a Thoroughbred race horse who deserved better, and as humans that expect to use them for enjoyment we need to care for their most basic needs-food/water and shelter. Occasional brushing is also welcome.
I promised Dusty that if I ever saw another horse in need I would try and help, and since I have that "gut" feeling from God above - I feel it is my responsibility to the great creature we call The Horse.
     
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    01-10-2010, 07:07 PM
  #122
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Along The Rails Horse Pedigree

This horse?
     
    01-10-2010, 07:16 PM
  #123
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by HyTec    
Sorry this is so long, but it is my own experience with a neglected horse I wanted to share....
When I was 16 years old (Many years ago) and lived on Eastern Long Island NY, I would ride my horse through trails that led past a "shanty" type home deep in the woods, with a dirt driveway that led out to the back road for cars. I rode past that place everyday after school to the fields and trails along the powerlines. After about 2 months the "shanty" had a horse at it, skinny and shaggy-but it was a horse in "my" neigborhood, and I thought "wow, maybe someone to ride with". Well, the woman was pregnant, had a little toddler and a husband-and THEY lived in the shanty, with a dog and a rabbit hopping around. When I call it a shanty, I mean shanty- metal sheeting, irregular legnths of wood just put togather like a kids playhouse in the woods... seriously. But I did not realize what they didn't have, I just noticed a horse.
Well, we rode together maybe a dozen times and she became closer to her due date, her husband purchased another horse and winter was coming, he put up a plastic sheeting shed for the horses, but kept a few bales of hay in it with car parts, the horses stayed in a 2X4 wood corral, that was maybe 16 by 16ft. As winter went on I went riding less due to icy conditions and when I went past I would see very skinny horses with ice attatched to the hair, but I thought they were getting fed. I started letting my mother know about the horses in the woods, and she became interested in helping-we purchased a bag of grain and I directed her to where the road was to get up to the driveway, she talked to the woman and she accepted the grain-but the husband was VERY angry that we gave charity to them, so I would ride with Calf Manna supplements in my pockets-hand feeding them when we passed by.
But deep winter came and I missed riding that way a few weeks, it was lethal for the second horse- I rode past one day and saw him lay down, and had a horrible feeling in my gut.... I made My horse run home, I ran in my house and called my mother at work, told her "Dusty is down for the count" I will never forget my words..... she knew I never would say such a thing if it wasn't desperate, she called the ASPCA who met me there at Dusty's place, I brought a blanket from home for him but even the ASPCA who called in a vet couldn't save him, he died. WE stayed with him all night, turning him and giving him warm molasses water with electrolytes, the Vet gave him an injection of epinephrine for a last chance to get him to his feet but he couldn't do it. He lost hope in humans, as I watched. The husband was really angry, they moved, the ASPCA condemned the home and CPS was brought in for the kids as well, the husband was brought up on animal cruelty charges. The other horse was placed into a boarding facility "up the Island" and he was watched by the ASPCA-I don't know what happened to him after that.
Dusty's "real" name was Along The Rails, he was a Thoroughbred race horse who deserved better, and as humans that expect to use them for enjoyment we need to care for their most basic needs-food/water and shelter. Occasional brushing is also welcome.
I promised Dusty that if I ever saw another horse in need I would try and help, and since I have that "gut" feeling from God above - I feel it is my responsibility to the great creature we call The Horse.
Thank you for sharing this story. I hope this thread leads to this with a good ending for those horses, same as the one you help save.

I don't want to let my faith come into my answer but I do Thank God for people like you two and so many others scattered around this board. People who work so hard and will well beyond what they are supposed to do in order to save a life. I have no doubt in my mind you have given this horse a second/third chance in life.

A very touching story. Thank you for sharing it.
     
    01-11-2010, 08:57 PM
  #124
Foal
Its disturbing that people think they can take a dog home and keep it if the dog is out and about. Dogs get out, that happens, and the owner may be heartbroken that their family member is missing. It is possible that the owner is doing a great job with their dog. Help the dog out and post some notices but don't just take it home and keep it. I know people who lost their dog in this way. They and their kids were heartbroken!
     
    01-11-2010, 09:02 PM
  #125
Yearling
The post I made about a neglected gelding...
The man that owned him had crappy fencing like I said and we drove by SEVERAL times and the horse was standing in the busy highway...
Made me SICK. These are 1000+lb animals, imagine what would happen if a car hit the poor horse. Someone could have been killed !
     
    01-12-2010, 12:20 PM
  #126
Foal
"...people think they can take a dog home and keep it if the dog is out and about..."
I think it has to be a judgement call. There were some people living near my sister's house that had a young golden retriever. They lived on a street where people drove fast, and around that area there is a corner, so you can't see when the dog is in the road!
I myself had come quite close to hitting the dog, and had on more than one occasion caught the dog, and brought him home. The conditions this dog was living in were IMO deplorable. They had him in a tiny 'yard', smaller than a tiny bedroom, and this was a BIG dog! They also kept the garbage cans and bags in there, which he had (out of boredom or hunger) ripped into, so the yard was filled with garbage, much of which were diapers! This was a smart, beautiful animal, and he was (again, IMO) neglected and uncared for. One day, I just couldn't take it any more, and stopped my car, called the dog over, and took him home. I felt pangs of guilt, but swallowed them when I saw how the dog dug into good, healthy food, and drank like he'd never had water in his life!
There was a tag on him, so someone had loved him once...I ended up giving in to my conscience and called the number on the tag, pretending to have 'found' the dog. The story was this...the owner was a disabled man, a widower, who only had the dog as a companion. He had been in the hospital, but was home now with a nurse. His daughter was caring for his beloved dog until he was well enough to bring him back home. The man was so grateful that I had found him, and had his nurse drive him over to pick the dog up. There were tears in his eyes when they arrived, and I saw that he really cared for this animal. I had to make a judgement call as to whether to tell him about his daughter's 'care' or not. I ended up telling him a brief bit, offering my services whenever he needed help. He was moving in with his other daughter and they were better equipped to handle things.
So, I guess it is a judgement call, depending on the situation, area, and what the animal control laws are.
     
    01-17-2010, 11:41 AM
  #127
Foal
RE: Along The Rails pedigree

I don't believe its the same horse, he would have been a 1980 -1982 gelding; they had his Jockey Club papers and showed me his name at the time. I did not have any idea what I was looking at other than his name, I didn't look at Sire/Dam back then, I was only 16 years old and just happy to have someone else in the neighborhood with a horse.....
Unfortunately they didn't have the ability to care for them properly. They called him "Dusty" and he was brought from a dealer on Eastern/Mid Long Island NY that picked horses up at the track and re-sold them.

I continue today to look for horses in need of a little TLC and attempt to encourage the owners to realize what they may be lacking but without acting pushy. I will not hesitate to contact SPCA if I see it is needed though.....
Our elderly friend down the road from us currently had a dog that was tied up but had not enough chain to move away from the wall that she was tied to, I spoke up and she was moved that very same day, and he remains our close friend.
     

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