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    03-16-2011, 12:15 AM
Unhappy Showing a too skinny horse

This could go in the horse show section just as well, but it is kind of a health issue, so I figured it could work here too. Plus it's sort of a rant..but I wanted to see other people's opinions on this =/

I'm not going to name any names obviously, but someone I know personally has a nice horse, who jumps well, and always places well at shows. The worst part however, is that this person (who happens to be a teenager, that is somewhat lazy..) doesn't want to accept the responsibility of owning a TB who, like most, is a hard keeper. She always gives her mom grief about feeding, and misses quite a lot of days. (This is probably the sole contributor to why he is so underweight)

We went to a show the other day, a rated show, (not with each other, but she was there, and I was there) and her horse looked like he could have dropped dead right there. He always looks depressed, mainly because of how he is treated, and just looked downright emaciated. You could see his vertebrae in his back and could count all of his ribs!! I wouldn't have been surprised if he dropped dead right there. Regardless, she still clipped him, which took away any kind of relief from the cold away, and made him look even more skinny, and still had the nerve to show up with him looking this sick. I just feel so terrible for this horse..and they won't call a vet to find out exactly what is wrong, if it isn't the inconsistent feeding. I sat down with the girl and told her that she should just call them, they don't charge for that, and the worst they could do is say they don't know without seeing him, and she just brushed that off her shoulder and said she wouldn't do it. *sigh* sorry for this I just need to vent I guess =/

So my question is: Do you think someone should go to a show, when their horse is obviously undernourished and in need of medical help? Or do you think that shouldn't make a difference as long as they perform well?

I really wish I could post a picture..but that would be infringing on her privacy. I probably shouldn't even be talking about it on here :( Seeing that horse in such a horrible condition, with complete lack of care from his owner just made me so sad. And then making it publicly known?! Ugh..rant over :(
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    03-16-2011, 12:27 AM
Green Broke
Does she relize how skinny her horse is?

Maybe get a nice photo of a healthy looking TB and show her.... I don't really know but when Buzz was underweight I didn't even relize how bad it was, until I look back now.
Or maybe just report her, animal abuse? Or something
    03-16-2011, 12:30 AM
She knows he is too skinny, she kept saying things like "my horse looks like crap" and such. She just doesn't want to get up off her butt and do anything about it, an no one will make her. I wouldn't be surprised if someone at the show DID turn her in. I question doing it myself :(
    03-16-2011, 12:33 AM
Don't know if there's much you can do. I guess you could threaten to call the humane society on her and maybe she'll do something
    03-16-2011, 12:35 AM
You should turn her in, if he's looking as bad as you say... "friend" or not, it's our responsibility to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (whether is be a horse or a person).
    03-16-2011, 12:37 AM
Green Broke
Maybe you should offer to feed him for her??? I know she shouldn't get that kind of help but the horse doesnt desurve to suffer it's not his falt.
    03-16-2011, 12:40 AM
I know I should turn her in, but I honestly don't think they authority will do anything about it. There was a horse in worse condition who sat in a grassless paddock for years, and he had been called on multiple times, but because there was food and water ON THE PROPERTY they couldn't do anything about it. On the property doesn't mean it was getting it. Sorry if this was sort of a hopeless post guys, I just really needed to get it out there :/ Does anyone know anything besides reporting it I could do? I mean..I can't really think of much else..I just hope other people who are total strangers to her notice AND say something..then maybe she will put the effort into it.
    03-16-2011, 12:47 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by cosmomomo    
Does anyone know anything besides reporting it I could do? I mean..I can't really think of much else..I just hope other people who are total strangers to her notice AND say something..then maybe she will put the effort into it.
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    03-16-2011, 12:47 AM
Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
Maybe you should offer to feed him for her??? I know she shouldn't get that kind of help but the horse doesnt desurve to suffer it's not his falt.
I would offer to, but I do not have my license and wouldn't be able to take care of someone else's horse, as well as my own. I also don't think she would take me up on that offer. According to her, she only misses a feeding "like once a week". My horse NEVER misses a meal. I am going away for only 4 days here shortly, and am paying someone to come out and feed for me. Would it hurt him to miss a couple of dinners? Probably not, but it is my responsibility to take care of him, and to make sure his needs are met.
    03-16-2011, 12:51 AM
I've come to the conclusion that you just can't make someone care about their horse.

I know someone whose horse has a bean the size of a golf ball on the end of his penis and she won't do anything about it because "he doesn't have any trouble peeing." I tried removing it myself once but it is too big to be removed without sedating the horse. I even asked my vet about it and he said when they are that big they sometimes have to be cut out! And yet, over a year later, the poor horse has never been treated.

I wish everyone loved and cared about their horses the way we do, but I have come to the conclusion that people either care or they don't, but you can't make them care. Sometimes you can shame them into doing something about it, but if they don't have empathy for the horse, you can't make them have empathy.

The same person will also not hire a farrier and I got tired of doing her horses myself (I did them numerous times just because I felt sorry for them). I have had back trouble and I have a hard enough time maintaining my own horses. How can you have horses and not consider hoof care part of the responsibility of owning a horse? I honestly don't know. And it's not like she is poor. She has more money than I ever will. She just doesn't seem to care about those types of things. Sigh!

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