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post #1 of 32 Old 04-11-2010, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Angry 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.
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post #2 of 32 Old 04-11-2010, 11:38 AM
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why don't you call your local spca?
Just because they have a nice place and things look rosy does not make it so.
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But the other horses there are well-fed and doing well. Why would this one be different? Today I think I'm going to have my mom drive me there so we can talk to them about the feed for real this time
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Why do parents abuse one child but not the other? Who knows. If they have the capacity to mistreat, ignore, whatever one horse, who says the y wont do it to all of them?

Take pictures from the road, and go to the cops and/or the SPCA but do something.
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post #5 of 32 Old 04-11-2010, 02:26 PM
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That is AWFUL.
How could someone do something so cruel as to mistreat this animal that can't stand up for itself?

I hope you do, do something about it 'cuz the that horse really needs some help. No horse(or animal at all) deserves to be treated like that.
Slaughter or being put down, anything is better than doing that to an animal.

It is just really disturbing knowing how someone would even want to do that.
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post #6 of 32 Old 04-11-2010, 02:46 PM
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people who let their horses get like this need to be shot. It makes my blood boil.

The fact that you saw the horse in a similar state before the winter shows that it's not a horse they just got in so they're obviously doing something wrong with this one.

I'd go to the SPCA as soon as you can. If the horse is just emaciated (rather than being ill) he could still be saved, providing his condition hasn't caused damage to his liver or kidneys.

I hope you can help him, please let us know what happens.
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post #7 of 32 Old 04-11-2010, 02:51 PM
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It could be something as simple as age and teeth making him unable to digest food properly like the other horses.

He doesn't necessarily have to die if you do something now.

Go to the ASPCA. There's nothing else that you can do.

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I would get the spca involved. Chances are if you go up to talk to the owner, they'll move the horse either into the barn or back of the property where no one can see it, or move it to a different location entirely to keep from having spca come do an investigation, and then the horse won't get any help at all. Its better if the authorities talk to them, that way if they are just uneducated for some reason, or the horse truly does have a medical condition, proof can be shown, and the horse can get the care and attention it needs. The horse is to the point where authorites need to be involved, its gone beyond someone maybe not knowing what they are doing, or the horse just getting sick, and has gotten into the area of gross neglect that needs to be documented.
Who knows if the owners of the property and other horses even own this horse. Maybe someone else owns it and refuses vet care, or extra feed or whatever, though that in NO WAY excuses the horse being in this condition.
Take pictures to show the spca, so they have something concrete to go on, and give them all the history that you personally have of the times you've seen this horse, and what condition its been in.
Good luck, and I hope that something gets done to help this horse out.
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Many times a horse in old age will get thin and sick looking even when there is nothing more more wrong with it than age. Not everyone believes in intervening when an animal is near death. Not unlike a no-kill animal shelter, they wait for nature to take its course.
If this is a nice place and the other horses are in good shape, I'm betting these people are just letting the horse die in its own time. There is no law against it if its proven no neglect is taking place.

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At the barn I used to ride at(instructor quit), there was a horse like that.

He had been starved for years after a short career as a show horse. He was a TB/Connemara. He cribbed. He cribbed so horribly that he would stand by the fence as opposed to eating or drinking. He couldn't have alfalfa/ He was wormy. And he was a good 500lbs underweight.

When we got him, we kept him inside during the entire winter, or in a small pen by himself with as much hay as possible and a blanket. He got 2 feedings of Triple Crown Sr. with supplements and oil a day. He was wormed by fecal count. In the summer, he was turned out a lot, in a huge field. Despite this, he gained /maybe/ 100lbs in a year. He still looked like the grim reaper, despite our best efforts. He died this winter of colic.

Sometimes, it just takes a long time to bring them back, if it's possible. All of the other horses at the barn were tubbytubby.
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