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post #1 of 8 Old 09-21-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Obese horses.

Today I went to a local park to walk my dogs. I haven't been to this park in several years and I had forgotten that there was a barn on one of the paths. I always thought that it was a racing rescue barn because the horses in the field were all TBs. Today when I walked by, I stopped by the fence to pet them like I always do. The horses were SO overweight. I've never seen anything like it. One of the geldings had scars and swelling in one of his hind legs and they were all covered in bot fly eggs and rainrot. Their feet looked OK and their teeth were done, and they are obviously fed, so I don't think it's neglect. There is a riding ring, so I think that the might be ridden. I've only seen the people once (several years ago) and they were older.

Would it be completely out of line if I asked to exersize or groom their horses? I hate seeing them like this. I would have to knock on thier door to ask them, so that would be weird... What could I do?

I just want to clarify- I wasn't on private property- their barn is surrounded by the park (like maybe they sold their land). I know I shouldn't be petting their horses,but they came up to the fence and they were sweet. It's pretty flat so I could see the ring- I didn't go snooping. There were only 5 horses and they were all geldings. I thought it was possible that they were pregnant, but they were all boys...

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-21-2012, 08:11 PM
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I wouldn't say its out of line, I would want to do something about it to. Approach them in a calm manner, don't flat out say they are obese as the owner's may not know any better and think that they are healthy. Like you suggested just as to see if you could exercise them, say you're trying to better you're riding skills with different horses..

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I don't know how to ask them though. It would be wierd to just walk through their barn to their house to ask them. I also don't know if it is a boarding farm. There is no name or sign, so I'm assuming not, but.... I'd feel bad if somone else was "training" them and I came in and said you need to do more. Also, I'm only 15, but I've been riding since I was 5 and I've helped train several horses. Even if the horses aren't broke to ride, they can still be groomed and taught to lunge. I don't know if they'd take me seriously. I just hate seeing horses put in a field and not cared for.

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Someone in the area will know their name. If not try the land registry office. A phone call is best to just introduce yourself and let them know your interests and that you'd love to be able to just groom a few when someone is around. You want to ease your foot in the door. Better yet. Let them know you'd be interested in photographing their horses, horses at rest, horses playing. That may flatter them enough to get your foot in the door.
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Thanks for the advice :) Maybe I'll ask the people who own the tack store (only one around here) or my farrier (he knows everyone)

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Rather than a phone call, I am for having your mom or dad take you to their home and walk up to the door with you.

I say that for a couple reasons:

1. You don't know anything about the people - anything. Parents have a very handy "third instinct" that generally isn't wrong. The owners may be the type of folks your parents would feel completely comfortable with having you visit their barn alone -- or those proverbial Bells and Whistles may start going off and your parents might be uncomfortable and tell you to not get involved.

2. Assuming they are very nice people --- were it me, I would prefer someone come to my door and ask with their parents.

I am the type of person that I want to know where your parents are. If they can't come with you for something like that, why not?

Do they understand the dangers of going into a barnful of strange horses? If you were to get hurt on my property, I would not want to be giving permission for someone your age to be around and work my horses if I thought the parents were "Sue Happy".

I think you have a magnamonious idea and it has the possibility of being a win-win for everyone. Just as long your parents have met and spoke with horse owners and everyond understands the ramifications of accidents

I am not trying to be a naysayer but that's what happens when you ask such a nice question and someone that is 65 years old give you their two cents
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Better yet, say your looking to earn a little cash and can work with their horses, grooming, longing etc.....that way it pays for you too....

These horses might be left to their own devices because they are not broke to ride.....so try longing and grooming first, even if they are broke to ride....

Haha a fat horse is harder to wrap your legs around!

Good for you for being proactive
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I don't even care about being paid. I just thought- hey I have extra time and these horses could use it. Plus, the best way to learn is with tons of differet horses. Walkinthewalk- I'd never do this without my parents :) first- I can't drive yet, so they'd have to come- and second, I'd be freaked out to go to someones door by my self. My mom is on board with this.
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