Originally Posted by Elana
Hate to say it.. but I have seen worse (MUCH worse) and have rescued a few and rehabbed/resold the outcome of those rescues.
You probably need to look at the Ag and Markets law with regard to Livestock in your state and locality. Horses are usually considered Livestock under most jurisdictions and all that is required is feed, water and shelter. If the animals have those things and those things are deemed adequate, then you are all done.
IMO most of the horses look to be fed enough food. Most appeared to have clean water. Some could stand farrier work. Most of the shelters looked inadequate (unsafe) IMO for keeping horses. Some of the corral enclosures also looked unsafe for horses (IMO). Some corrals had little manure control but seemed dry.
It is a "self help" stable with space rented. The individual owners are who have to be gone after. You need to read a typical rental arrangement to know who is responsible for maintaining fences or shelters. Again, if it is a triple net rental agreement, the shelters can be the responsibility of the renter.
IOW's it is likely a bit more complex than politics.....
I agree 100% The truth is that animal control has minimum standards. If the animal has adequate food, water and shelter (which most of these do) they can't do much. I agree that some of the feet were bad and the "adequate shelter" needs some help to be safe. Sadly, I have seen a lot lot worse then that. My friend who is the head of AC here always says "I can make them feed the animal, I can make them provide shelter, but I can't make them love them. "
Some of us (all on here, likely) have much higher standards then many others in the animal world. Some do better if they can, some don't know how and some can't afford it. I am a believer in educating people in a polite and kind manner often gets one further then complaints and rude comment. (not saying you did that) Sometimes the road is long and slow but the animal is the one who we should focus on.