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post #21 of 32 Old 04-13-2010, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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My riding horse is 22 years old, and I had compliments ALL the time of people asking to buy him and saying he looks like a 3-yr old. He was well-muscled up and had no weight problems whatsoever.

Then, 3 years ago, his best friend Bo since he was 3 foundered and passed away. So we had to find a friend for Arthur real quick so he wouldn't be lonely (we only had 2 horses then....the other few horses wed had had passed away from old age by then, and Arthur and Bo were the last from the crop my parents bought when they first moved here 18 years ago. We ended up rescueing a mini mare who was tied to a fence her entire life, and the owner stated without shame that the mare had been tied to that same fence her entire life and "didnt have a problem with it." The other horses were living in really small chicken wire pens....but she said she was selling most of them so I hope she followed through. Anyway, Arthur hated the mare but at least it was something. Completely ignored each other. Then, just last spring we bought a Paint Clydesdale gelding and a Welsh stally from a guy who was having a kidney transplant and couldn't take care of them anymore. Arthur, being dominant over everyone, started herding Lulu (the mini) around incessantly so no one else could get to her. It was insane. He lost so much weight, and we didn't know what to do so I went to a bunch of equine nutrition seminars and finally found a diet that worked for him. Now he looks like the 3-yr old again, at age 22.

There is (most of the time) a solution....they probably just don't know what it is yet. Or it IS animal neglect, in which case I'm going to rip my hair out waiting for the SPCA to call me back!
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Let me know what happens with this. I volunteer and board my horses at WHINNY horse rescue in SE Ohio...it's possible we could help.

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Still no reply. I'm going to call the number you gave me of Barbara
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Looks can be decieving. I don't have the nicest barn ever but my horses are taken care of and I know of a few barns around here who are nice but don't take very nice care of their horses. Just saying :P

I don't see why the others would be in good shape (or okay shape) and the pinto not be taken care of at all. Maybe he does have a disease but you are absolutely right he should be put down if he is that bad, I'd hate to suffer like that.

I say go over and just have a casual conversation with the owner and if they get mad then I'd call a humane association. You don't know what is wrong with the horse so maybe the owner could give you information, if they don't get mad for your intrest of the well being of the horse (if they do then they obviously are immature).

Even though there is something majorly going on, I'd say talk to the owners as nice as possible and give some suggestions.

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post #27 of 32 Old 04-16-2010, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco View Post
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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I'm sorry folks, but if every other horse on the property appears well cared for, this one horse is likely well cared for, but may just be old, and unable to maintain his proper weight; equiniphile, who's to say he's your Arthur's age? He could be much older; yes, in some cases, appearances may not be what they seem, but not always. I've had old dogs and cats who looked like that horse in their old age, but they had bright eyes, and still got around okay, and didn't seem to be in any pain...so I let nature decide when their time was up; did people ask questions? Sure, and i gladly answered; if pain had been evident, you bet I would have humanely euthanized them, but I don't think that is always a necessary 'out' for our pets. I hate when everyone jumps on the "abuse" train when they don't even know the truth behind what's going on...don't assume to know, find out the facts, THEN form your assumptions...

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In the last year of his life, my beloved Arabian gelding was rack thin. This was a horse who previously was a very easy keeper.

He had the best of everything, plus all the vet records to prove that I wasn't neglecting him. Compared to my other two, he looked like death walking.

I'm with the folks who say if all the other horses look healthy and happy, there might be something wrong with this oldster of which you're not aware.

I find it hard to believe that someone would neglect ONE horse and not the others.
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I agree with the unlikliness of them abusing just that one horse. What I think is either the old age theory, or the sickness one. If he's older I feel like i should be reccomending the feed that worked well for my senior. Maybe they don't know how to give him the proper nutrients
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From here on out, I wouldn't bother with the rescue shelters. Just have someone go with you and talk to the owner. Maybe the others' are right, maybe he's just sick or something rather. If he is indeed sick, than yes, they can get in trouble for not getting him medical attention and therefore, rescue shelters should be involved. But for now, just go to them and ask questions. Be nice about it though, the last thing you want is a 12gauge sticking in your face because you were rude and threatened them you would call animal control on them. :O

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