Originally Posted by cherriebark
Thank you, that is very useful information. I am in California, do these laws vary from state to state? All that I am aware of is a clause in the boarding contract that states that the horse becomes the property of the boarding facility after 90 days of non-payment, I need to learn more about the state laws involved. Regardless, I hope that I can help the two horses get to a good home, or at least fix them up before they get surrendered.
yes, the laws vary state to state, and the BO can say whatever they want in a contract, but it has to be supported by the law. I also hope you can help theses horses, sounds like that should have happened a while ago. I agree totally with mls, that the BO has left themselves wide open for neglect charges at the very least. I also have no understanding of how anyone who has knowledge of horses like you say you do, can stand by and see a horse standing in mud all winter, to the point it can hardly move.......and do nothing. That is beyond my comprehension.
That said, if you really want to help, get this mare out of the mud! Get her to a drier place or nothing you do will work. My vets have recommended Silvadene ointment for the "mud fever".....my draft used to get small spots-nothing like you have described here, so I have no idea if it will work. I also think a vet is probably your best bet. I hate to think what her feet will look like when you actually see them.......
Any BO who leaves any horse, abandoned or not, without simple farrier care, etc for what you say is over a year (minimum) would not have anything to do with the care of my horses for eve 5 minutes. And there are other boarders there too? Mind boggling.