Originally Posted by churumbeque
That statement caught me off guard. I am glad AC is involved. Several horses are thin not just 1. OP all you can do is prove what you are doing and that it is adaquate for the conditions of each horse. Your original post sounds as if you are doing things proper but I am concerned when it is 3-4 horses not just 1. I am not trying to shame you but maybe if we can help you. It is usually a care issue especially when you have a few with weight issues. Maybe the quality of what you are feeding is part of the issue. I will go back and double check what you are feeding as I don't remember.
Years ago I took care of a TB that was thin and the owner could never get it to gain weight. I wormed it a few times gave it extra feed (not alot but a little more than the avaerage horse) and it blossomed and gained weight easily. Now if theere are other health issues like cancer then that isn't controllable.
How would that catch you off guard? As I said I can understand the suspicion given that they are all thin, but they came to the property to confirm proper care, and spoke to the vets involved. At this point yes, I believe that AC no longer has the authority to continue to "investigate" the OP.
I'm not comfortable advocating putting down either mare through a forum - the cancer will likely decide the one case, but I knew an ancient mare with cushing's who stopped being able to hold weight but maintained her "spark" and attitude for years before it was clear she was ready to go. I'm very glad that an authority meant to prevent animal cruelty and neglect did not force the owner to end her life as soon as she stopped being pleasing to the human eye.
With the appy, again, I would hesitate to recommend putting her down based on what the OP has said. Again, I don't want to deviate from the main topic which pertains to horse law, but if a "hard keeper" is having difficulty holding weight, is getting a lot of feed and is hyped up and appears to be burning the weight off as fast as they are putting it on, I immediately question the NSC levels in their feed and would suggest a lower starch/higher fat combination - possibly lower protein as well. Having looked up the feed they are on, the feed does contain molasses and a level of NSC that could use improvement. If the OP wants more input in regards to feeding hopefully she will start a thread for that purpose.
The blind mare may very well be unable to adjust to her vision loss, but I would hate to suggest putting her down when feeding may be the issue.