Oh, God. This horse is the sickest thing I have ever seen.
I was crying over this. In the fall, on a recently opened small driving and riding academy like 2 minutes away from my property, the owner had a few bays, a chestnut, and a pinto gelding. The bays and chestnut were an....okay weight, nothing bad, but they could have some more meat on them. The pinto, however, was bad. This horse was VERY thin. At first I thought it was an older gelding who was losing weight.....that still might be the case. In late fall, the horse was even worse. The thinnest horse I'd ever seen. I was going to go up to their door (my parents in the car in the driveway, of course, just in case) and tell them about the feed that worked miracles with my gelding when he got really stressed over keeping the mini mare away from the other two boys, but my parents never got around to it. It was always "later" or "maybe next week".....my mom was concerned, but for whatever reason we never went over there to talk to the owners.
I didn't see the horse on pasture all winter, and my dad suggested maybe the horse was suffering from a disease and had died. However, last week I drove by the place and did a double take. I literally screamed without giving myself permission to scream, I spent the entire night sobbing, I couldn't concentrate on anything else....I wanted to throw up it was so bad.
The horse shouldn't have been alive. It shouldn't have been able to walk, and he was just standing still, head down, in the pasture. You could make out every rib and the divits between them. You could easily see the humerous bone, the separation to the forearm, the withers jutted out obscenely, and the hips looked.....horrible. They were literally a foot above the rest of the body. His back had dropped down a foot from the withers and the hips.....he had NO muscle. His neck was a straight rod; barely there and unable to support his head, which was dropped almost to the ground. He was literally a skeleton covered in skin.
That horse needs to be put down. I don't care if it's a disease or starvation (the latter is unlikely as the other horses looked well-cared for. This isn't a place where there's a tin barn almost falling down and the halters are falling off the horses' faces....this was a nice barn. Had nice fencing, a gorgeous indoor arena, and a nice barn from what I can see from the road. True, there's less than an acre of pasture, but the horses are out quite a bit, only 2 or 3 at a time. But the horse, if he does have a disease, NEEDS to be put down IMMEDIATELY. I don't care if the owner has an "attachment" to the horse, no matter how strong, he should NOT be letting that horse suffer. I'm so confused I just don't know what to do....The horse was literally a skeleton! with skin! He can't even support his own weight....this is crazy. Obscene. That horse needs something to be done.