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post #1 of 59 Old 02-16-2011, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy There is a dead horse in the pasture down the street!

It's been laying there since monday afternoon! I first past by around 4pm on monday and there were a bunch of people standing around a horse that was down, so I knew something was wrong, but now here it is wednesday and the horse has just been laying there dead, they didn't even cover it! In our county you aren't allowed to bury them, you have to call someone to take them away, and I understand they may not have the money, and the ground is frozen so even if you wanted to bury them it would be difficult, but come one cover the poor thing! It's in plain view of the road, and school buses pass by there all the time, I mean if the kids notice every morning and evening and see the horse is laying in the same spot they are going to figure out that it's dead, who wants their kids to see a dead horse, I know it upsets me to see it everyday!
Sorry this is more of a rant, but really, is that allowed to have it just there in plain view?
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post #2 of 59 Old 02-16-2011, 02:20 PM
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maybe leave a note to that affect on the person's house?
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post #3 of 59 Old 02-16-2011, 02:28 PM
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wow that's pretty sick I don't care whether its a horse/cow/goat. I immediately covered my mare with a blanket and she was only there for an hour. I did it out of dignity for the horse and to save the passerby's of a ugly site.

Hell even the ranchers in my area will drag a cow out of site

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I guess I'm insensitive... but that wouldn't really bother me. It's not an ideal situation, but I don't think really rant worthy, just kind of "ew". The owners obviously know it's dead, they're probably waiting for someone to come out and dispose of it. If it's an animal they cared about, I'm sure the owners aren't much happier with the situation than you are.

I don't know why it would matter that kids could see it. Death does happen. It's much grosser to see road kill that's been hit by a few cars, and that usually sits for a while too.

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I guess I'm insensitive... but that wouldn't really bother me. It's not an ideal situation, but I don't think really rant worthy, just kind of "ew". The owners obviously know it's dead, they're probably waiting for someone to come out and dispose of it. If it's an animal they cared about, I'm sure the owners aren't much happier with the situation than you are.

I don't know why it would matter that kids could see it. Death does happen. It's much grosser to see road kill that's been hit by a few cars, and that usually sits for a while too.
^I agree with this, so you're not any less sensitive than me. I'm sure for the owners the entire situation isn't ideal, not just having the dead horse in the pasture waiting for someone to pick it up.

If it bothers you that much, I'd do as Tabbi Kat suggested and ask your neighbor if it would be possible to put a tarp or blanket over the horse until it can be disposed of.

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post #6 of 59 Old 02-16-2011, 03:15 PM
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Simple solution...dont look at the field when you go by.

No one wants to have a dead horse in their pasture, but it isnt always easy to get it dealt with right away. Here, there is a fee for the people who come pick up the carcass. Money is tight right now, so it could be possible that the people can't afford it.

Yes, it would be nicer if they would cover the horse up though.

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post #7 of 59 Old 02-17-2011, 12:26 PM
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Instead of ranting on the internet, go and offer your services and assist them in ridding the countryside of this horrible carcass!

Actually more people need to see death. They need to understand their steak did not come from a factory. They need to understand that sometimes a runt in a litter of puppies won't make it. They need to understand that there is nothing a possum likes better than a half rotton carcass - and no they don't need to go and try to pet the "cute" possum. Many times our city friends leave much too much of a sheltered life away from life!

And yes our dead are usually composted or buried before they are cold.
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Actually more people need to see death. They need to understand their steak did not come from a factory. They need to understand that sometimes a runt in a litter of puppies won't make it. They need to understand that there is nothing a possum likes better than a half rotton carcass - and no they don't need to go and try to pet the "cute" possum. Many times our city friends leave much too much of a sheltered life away from life!
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I'll be the devils advocate here and say I don't think leaving a horse like that is appropriate. Granted, it's a matter of opinion and to each their own, and who knows what the owner is doing about it. I went on vacation as a child to Mexico. There was a dead horse on the side of the road and they just sprinkled lye on it and left it. I was really upset and to this day, it's all I remember from the trip. I can still see the point the rest of you are making, though.

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post #10 of 59 Old 02-17-2011, 12:38 PM
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wow that's pretty sick I don't care whether its a horse/cow/goat. I immediately covered my mare with a blanket and she was only there for an hour. I did it out of dignity for the horse and to save the passerby's of a ugly site.

Hell even the ranchers in my area will drag a cow out of site
It's not sick. And it's not ugly. It's a very sad and very real fact of life.

It could very well be that the disposal company will not pick up if the carcass is covered. We had a former company here that had that rule.

Your language is not appropriate for this forum.
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