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    04-11-2010, 05:35 PM
It's entirely possible that the horse went lame or something and the owners stopped taking care of it because it couldn't be used anymore. There are people out there that take good care of their sound, young riding horses and neglect the ones that can't be ridden or compete anymore. It's disgusting, but it happens.

Call the Humane Society! There's no excuse for a horse looking like that. I don't care if the other horses look fine. What if they end up looking like the sick horse sometime down the road? If the owner neglects one horse, what makes you think he/she won't eventually do it to the others as well? That's not a safe environment for any animal.
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    04-11-2010, 06:03 PM
I know, it makes me sick. I personally think the horse is sick and they're just not doing anything about it. Maybe I'm right, maybe not. I will, however, call on this. Right now, as a matter of fact.
    04-11-2010, 06:38 PM
Please let us know what happens!!!!! I hope you did something as you said you would, I would have too!
    04-11-2010, 07:58 PM
I just called the SPCA and left a message on the answering machine; told them the scenerio....hoping they get back to me soon. I'll keep HF posted
    04-11-2010, 08:37 PM
I would call the local Animal Care & Control or humane society. They are pros and can find out if it is abuse or just a case of a very old animal. Your complaint can be kept anonymous.

Sometimes it really is just age and the question then is quality of life. Good for you for caring enough to do something!
    04-12-2010, 10:10 PM
They still haven't gotten back to me....starting to wonder if somethings wrong
    04-12-2010, 10:25 PM
First, be careful with the SPCA/HS in OH specifically. I'm directy involved in the ottawa county / vess arabian horse case in OH and it's a nightmare and the most corrupt HS I have ever in my life dealt with...

That said, it sounds like this horse needs help.

If it all possible as a rescue myself I always encourage people to talk to the owner directly first. Ask questions without being accusatory, offer help/assistance, and get as much information as possible. This is not so that you are absolving them of what they did, however it is a good way to get information BEFORE getting any authorities involved and if the owner is open to accepting help, it makes it A LOT easier to help the horse, even if that horse should be euthe'd (which I am not opposed to in severe cases).

That said, once you have info, determine what's next. If the owner won't take the appropriate actions towards the animal, be it vet care, nutritionist, euthanasia, whatever, then present all the information you have to the proper authorities - usually including the state dept of ag and state veterinary office can be helpful.

From there if the owner is not willing to accept help or do the right thing, it's up to the authorities as it is of the utmost importance that the PROPER LEGAL PROCEDURES are followed. If not there is much at risk - from the owner getting the horses back, to crimimal and/or civil charges and worse (and I know as we are dealing with a myriad of complications in the ottawa county ohio case...).

Best of luck to you - if I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me for anything! And please please keep us posted!
    04-12-2010, 10:41 PM
I have seen horses go from happy healthy animals to bone bags in less than a year all because of teeth. It's crazy what having bad teeth can do to a horse, the worst kind of torture. 40$ for a teeth floating and 20$ dewormer can save a life. Add food/water, farrier, basic shots, a well kept environment and shelter. That's all that's needed for a healthy horse.
    04-12-2010, 11:30 PM
I hope you can get some help for him. However, I want to add that being old does not at all mean the horse should be thin. People fool themselves into thinking that because it's old, it's okay for it to be skinny, but that is not at all the case. Teeth and de-worming may need to be done more often, and they may need a change in diet, but even if the horse has little to no teeth, you can keep weight on it. Don't let age be your excuse to feed the poor animal less.
    04-13-2010, 10:03 AM
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I have my horses at a nice Arabian facility. Owner is a wonderful horsewoman and a very caring and involved woman at that. Her two original mares that she bought as weanlings are still there. They are 38 years old and one probably has Cushings as she looks like a goat in the winter. They are a rack of bones and painfully thin. It is not because they are not cared for. They are fed twice a day and given the best medical attention available....she is a stickler for floated teeth, shots, wormings, supplements. These mares are just very old so sometimes things aren't what they seem.

It never hurts to inquire though to see if you can help out as this horse may be being neglected.

Ms. Jean says these old gals gave her their best for years and as long as they live they will be taken care of. They can still get up and down but one did get down during the cold this winter and couldn't get up. She was brought inside and had heat lamps. Poor old girl. I am sure she will last an number of years getting older and older but still taken care of by Ms. Jean and her staff.

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