Well my husbands friend has horses and we needed to move Cocoa as the stable she was at was closing. So he offered to let us board her at his house. His wife was purposefully not feeding her. She was there almost a year and then suddenly started losing weight (she is already a hard keeper) - we had the dentist out and the vet out twice. Both said it was "more than likely" her old age. As "the wife" insisted she was feeding her every thing she was supposed to be doing and giving her the supplements I bought.
But I was skeptical. I just didnt trust her. So I started going there two times a day with my own horse feed (rice bran, senior feed and crushed alphafa cubes. After about a month and a half of me doing that, Cocoa started putting her weight back on and was in good spirits again. Then "the wife" said to me... "Well I dont know what to do about Cocoa, we're going to get another horse and need her stall. I didnt think she'd still be alive by now but with you feeding her it looks like she is going to be for awhile yet. I was counting on Cocoa being dead before the winter" - I almost choked on the anger that boiled inside of me. I wanted to knock her out!!!!!
I said "Well I am sorry that my horse being alive is an inconvenience to you". She said "Well I just didnt think she'd live this long" (yeah sorry I didnt let you starve her to death!!!)
two days later i told 'the wife" I found a new place to bring her. And when I told 'the wife' that I was moving her, she was pissed. She said "I didnt mean you had to move her..." Ummm then what - you wanted me to put her to sleep!?!? So the next day I moved her - no one was home when I took her out of there.
Later that day, my husband over heard a phone call to his friend from his wife. She said "I dont know where Cocoa is. She is probably dead out in the bean field"
Thankfully I didnt trust her and realized that she just wasnt feeding Cocoa. Her constant "Oh she ate her hay already", etc just made me skeptical.
She hasnt even been at the new place for a year yet and she has put on all the weight she lost, her coat is shiny again, her attitude went from depressed to spirited again. I am so thankful that I didnt believe that wench.
...at the new place, this past week: