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 :(