Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Sick horse being rode?!
There is a horse at my barn, that has pneumonia and is at least 200-300 pounds underweight. She looks like she is in constant pain, she has that dead look in her eyes.... She has patches of fur missing, and like different coloured spots of fur on her as well? Like there is random white/black moldy looking spots on her as well. She looks like she could die any second. She coughs ALL the time as well.
And yet, they are still riding her...
This is a top class private equestrian barn, where all the most expensive competitve horses stay. So nobody seems to question their judgement, and thinks it's okay to do what they are doing because they are "experienced professional horse people."
I'm not sure myself, if what they are doing is right or wrong, I just sort of have a bad feeling towards it.
They are working this horse really hard, and jumping 2'6 on it, even though its extremely sick. I asked them why, and they said because she "loves to work!" but I find that so hard to believe, because as soon as you even approach that horse, her ears are pinned back and she's running away... so, like, what the hell? But I don't know, I've never worked with, or rode the horse myself so I can't really say...
I would think it would be bad just to saddle a horse that thin, it can't be good for her spine...?
Now for my question.
Is it okay to ride a horse that is extremely sick, if it loves to work?